Welcome to the last installment of this series!
Please note that this post is focused on those deaf and hard of hearing that are still dependent on their residual hearing to listen and communicate.
Words of Advice
First, I strongly discourage you from getting one of these for someone who's Deaf. Note the difference in spelling? What's the difference between "d"eaf and "D"eaf? Not only will this be mainly useless for them, it will be taken as an offense.
Second, I won't post any hearing aids that you can order on the internet or by phone. Here's why I hate those hearing aid commercials.
Third, the best way to decide on which assistive device is best for you is between you and an audiologist. They know the type of hearing loss you have and can help you find a suitable product. They also know what product is compatible with your brand of hearing aid as well.
Fourth, going ahead and buying a product without a doctor or audiologist's consent puts you in danger of losing more hearing. Seek advice first.
Personal Assistive Listening Products
These are for personal listening, preferably one on one or given to a speaker in a group.
* SuperEar Personal Listening Device - Boosts sound all around you
* Personal FM System - Boosts sound from a specific speaker with a microphone
* Portable Phone Amplifier - Add volume control to any landline phone
* Cell Phone Amplifier - Bluetooth volume boost for your cellphone
Assistive Listening in Public Places
Hearing in public places can be much harder because of all the background noise - noisy restaurants, a windy day, crowds, machinery, and so on.
What may help hearing in public places?
* Loop Systems - Compatible with many hearing aid's T-coil setting and transmits sound from the sound system directly to your hearing aid.
* FM Systems - Public FM systems (like the photo above)
* Bluetooth Technology - Public Bluetooth transmitters
When you're in a public place - theater, house of worship, conference, auditorium, and many attractions - look for this type of sign:
Just remember, the best way is through your doctor and audiologist.
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