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Assistive Hearing Devices

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 8:55:40 PM Australia/Melbourne

Assistive devices have been paramount since day one in Hearlink’s mission to bring top-notch audiology products and services to our customers. We offer an extensive variety of devices for the hearing impaired, with options that can function with or without different models of hearing aids. Our telephone amplifiers and listening devices utilize Bluetooth technology to connect to a mobile phone and broadcast phone calls directly through your hearing aid. We also have a range of amplified telephones that are appropriate for sufferers of mild to moderate hearing loss. You can learn specifics about the devices that we offer, here.


Assistive Hearing DevicesSo what are assistive devices and how do they work? Both the term “assistive device” and “assistive technology” are applicable to any device that assists those with either hearing loss, voice loss, speech impediment or language disorder. Assistive devices are an important tool in the field of audiology. They help these groups communicate with those around them. Thanks to the incredible advancements year-over-year in digital and wireless technologies, there has been an influx of devices that meet very particular needs, so that those impacted can fully participate in their day-to-day lives.


There are several different categories of assistive devices. The first is Assistive Listening Devices, also known as ALDs. These amplify the sounds that you do want to hear, tuning out white noise or background noise. ALDs work in conjunction with both hearing aids and cochlear implants. They come in all shapes and sizes. There are some, which are designed for larger facilities like places of worship or classrooms or theaters. Examples of these include hearing loop systems, infrared systems and frequency-modulated (FM) systems. Still other ALDs are intended specifically for individual use or one-on-one conversations in small or intimate settings.


Next up is Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices or AACs. This variety of devices assists those with communication disorders so that they can properly express themselves. AACs run the gamut, from a basic picture board, to complex computer programs that are capable of synthesizing speech from text. The display panel usually faces outwards so that two people can quickly exchange information or enjoy an interaction, while facing each other. Both word predication software and spell check software have made these AACs faster and easier to use.


Speech-generating devices have moved the needle on this innovation even further. They translate words or pictures directly into speech. There are even specific models that will allow the user to pick a voice, with gender preferences, age preferences and nationality preferences. These devices already include either a select vocabulary with prerecorded words, or a full and unlimited vocabulary. There are even programs that convert personal computers into speaking devices.


Altering Devices, or Telephone Assistive Devices work by connecting directly to an alarm, doorbell or telephone. When the alarm, doorbell or telephone goes off, the alerting device’s blinking light illuminates, letting the wearer know that an event is taking place nearby.


Not sure what device makes the most sense for you and your needs? Be sure to reach out to our Hearlink team. We can talk you through all of your thoughts and questions.

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