With hearing loss, trouble hearing the sounds in your environment can be a safety concern. Hearing aids certainly improve this awareness during waking hours, while your hearing aids are on your ears, but some situations still present challenges and safety concerns. Assistive listening devices can help bridge this gap and improve independence.
One of the biggest safety issues is hearing the fire alarm. With properly fit hearing aids, a fire alarm that is triggered during the day will be easily heard with the use of hearing aids. Studies have shown, however, that the frequency (3-4 kHz) and volume (roughly 85dB) of a standard fire alarm are less likely to wake an individual with hearing loss from sleep, than a low-frequency alarm. This is why a special fire alarm, designed for people with hearing loss, can be beneficial. Such devices often combine a low-frequency alarm with a visual light signal and bed shaking attachment, which have been proven to be more effective at waking a person with hearing loss than a standard fire alarm system.
Other assistive listening devices include doorbell attachments that will turn on a lamp or personal alerting system when triggered by a visitor, visual and vibrating alert baby monitors, amplified telephones, bed shaker alarm clocks, and wireless TV amplifying systems. If you, or a loved one, are concerned about how having a hearing loss can impact your safety and independence, please contact our clinic to discuss your needs with one of our Certified Audiologists.