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Dealing with Hearing Loss? Here’s How to Proof Your Home

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 8:45:42 AM Australia/Melbourne

Dealing with Hearing Loss? Here’s How to Proof Your HomeSo, you’ve just found out that you or a loved one will be impacted by hearing loss. You probably have a lot of thoughts running through your head. How will this change my day-to-day routine? What activities will I not be able to participate in? Will work be harder? Will I be able to commute? Specific to this post—what changes will I need to make around the house? Armed with the know-how of the Hearlink team, changes around the home will be minimal but impactful. Read on for our advice on how to make your home ready for someone impacted by hearing loss:

 

Smoke alarms are the first place that we want to make some changes. Regular smoke alarms emit warning sounds that can reach 3000-4000 Hz. This is the range of volume that those with hearing loss fear the worst, making it nearly impossible for them to hear smoke alarms. This is only amplified at night, when many remove their hearing aids so that they can sleep properly. Luckily, there are many new products flooding the safety market, that keep this audience more firmly in mind. Look for smoke detectors which emit low-frequency tones. There are also smoke alarms that blink lights or vibrate so that there is no way to miss them. In support of these, many companies are introducing security products that alert your neighbors or family if something is awry at home.

 

Of course, there are many other situations besides fire and smoke, which can be alarming. This is where a handy creation called an induction loop comes into play. Induction loops boost the performance of your cochlear implant or hearing aid. They work using long strands or wire that are looped around the main rooms of your home. They communicate with the telecoils inside of your cochlear implant or hearing aid, to get a message to you- fast.

 

Remember when telephones were a necessary tool for communications? We’re not talking about the small handheld versions, but rather the ones that had cords? Connected directly to the wall? Imagine this—many around the world still use them! Jokes aside, telephones are now also telecoil compatible. Speakerphone functions serve at much higher volumes and can even be voice activated. Other additions to the market include vibrating wristbands, in case a call comes in while you sleep.

 

Hearing loss impacts every part of your day-to-day life. It means shifts in how you communicate, how you organize, how you work and how you interact with others. While there’s not one single solution, that will make living easier for you; There are a myriad of components that can add up to a more simple lifestyle. Hearlink is dedicated to providing you with any information that you may need, as well as support long after any purchases are made or appointments are complete. If you have any questions about hearing loss, give us a call. Each and every member of the Hearlink team would love to help.

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Hearlink Admin