Beyond Hearing Aids: Top 5 Life-Changing Tools for Those Who are Hard of Hearing  AskSAMIE

Beyond Hearing Aids: Top 5 Life-Changing Tools for Those Who are Hard of Hearing

Beyond Hearing Aids: Top 5 Life-Changing Tools for Those Who are Hard of Hearing


Hearing loss can present unique challenges in daily life, affecting everything from personal communication to safety. While hearing aids are a well-known and important support tool, many other innovative solutions can significantly enhance the quality of life for those who are hard of hearing. This article explores the top 5 tools beyond traditional hearing aids that can transform daily experiences for individuals with hearing difficulties.


In this read, you'll learn about:

  • Innovative alerting devices that make sure you never miss an important alarm or doorbell ring.
  • Cutting-edge communication aids that facilitate easier conversations and interactions.
  • Advanced entertainment solutions for an enriched listening experience without straining to hear.
  • Personal safety alarms designed to provide peace of mind through enhanced awareness of surroundings.
  • Mobile app solutions offering accessibility features tailored for the hard of hearing.


Our focus will be on tools that are effective and readily available, making sure you have the resources to make informed decisions about enhancing hearing accessibility in your or your loved ones' lives.


Top 5 Tools for the Hard of Hearing That Aren't Hearing Aids


Smoke Detector with Strobe Light on

1. Smoke Detector with Strobe Light: Smoke alarms are an important tool that can help save lives during the event of an emergency. Using a smoke alarm with strobe lights is a must to ensure the safety of older adults who want to safely age in place in their home.


PockeTalker External Hearing Aid on

2. PockeTalker Personal Amplifier: For one-on-one conversations or small-group settings, personal amplifiers like a PockeTalker can make a significant difference. These portable devices pick up sounds near the microphone and amplify them directly to the user. If accessing a traditional hearing aid is too expensive or taking too long and help is needed now, PockeTalker is an affordable and quick alternative.


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3. Wireless Flashing Doorbells: These are great for those with a hearing impairment to be alerted when someone is at the door. It has 4 levels of volume and multiple ringtones to provide the most effective sound for the user. If hearing it is still not possible, the flashing light provides the visual alert that someone is ringing the doorbell.


State Assistive Technology Programs on

4. Telecommunication Access Program: Through your state's assistive technology program, you can access equipment to qualifying individuals who have problems sending or receiving phone calls, texts, or emails or who have problems using the Internet because of a disability, including being hard of hearing. This means you can get tools like a captioned phone with flashing lights to show that it's ringing, which is invaluable for safety and communication access.


a Portable Bluetooth Bed Shaker

5. Vibrating Alert Devices: These devices can be life-changing, especially for critical alerts like smoke detectors, doorbells, and alarm clocks. By converting audio alerts into tactile vibrations, usually placed under a pillow or mattress, they guarantee that important notifications aren't missed. Some devices also come with flashing lights as an additional alert mechanism, perfect for catching the eye when the device is within line of sight..


What this all means


Living with hearing loss doesn't mean having to miss out on the nuances of daily life. With these top 5 tools, individuals who are hard of hearing can enjoy enhanced communication, entertainment, and safety. If you'd like more guidance on tools and resources for people who are hard of hearing, schedule a virtual visit with one of our occupational therapists. You'll get a professional recommendation based on your unique needs.

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Brandy Archie, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is a certified Living in Place Professional with past certifications in low vision therapy, brain injury and driving rehabilitation.  Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings which led her to start AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace to make aging in place possible for anyone, anywhere! Answer some questions about the problems the person is having and then a personalized cart of adaptive equipment and resources is provided.

She's a wife, mother of 3 and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan! Connect with her on Linked In or by email anytime.

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