Holiday Gift Ideas For The Hard of Hearing

Do you know someone who has difficulty hearing in noisy restaurants or someone who is tired of having the TV volume at a high level?  Electronic devices available today offer many benefits.  For those on your holiday shopping list who are hard of hearing, there are many items they may enjoy and find useful.

One of the most frustrating things for people with hearing loss is hearing the TV. Here are three kinds of TV sound enhancers:

A TV listening speaker is a simple-to-use way of making the sound clearer to everyone in the room, without blasting the volume. The device is a portable wireless speaker that can even be used in another room.

Wireless headphones intended for watching TV are made by a variety of manufacturers. The listener wears a pair of headphones that rest on the wireless transmitter when they’re not being used. Each user needs his or her own set of headphones.

A chair audio loop for people with hearing aids with telecoils.  This small, easily installed induction loop transmits the sound from the television directly into the hearing aid or cochlear implant. It can also be connected to other sound sources.

One of the unexpected complications of hearing loss is difficulty in waking up on time. When people take out their hearing aids and cochlear implants, they often can’t hear an alarm. Fortunately, there are solutions both for the bedside table and for traveling.

For your nightstand, there are several brands and types of alarm clocks wake you with a simulated sunrise.  There are many variations of this type of alarm clock, which uses light that gradually grows brighter.  On the road, a vibrating alarm clock is an option.

Personal sound amplification products or PSAPs also offer many benefits.  PSAPs amplify sounds but do not address other components of hearing loss, such as distortion.   They are ready-to-wear right out of the box. They don’t require any testing or fitting.  There is a main concern expressed by audiologists and hearing health professionals.  In the rush to get low-cost hearing help, a potentially debilitating condition might go unexamined. A professional hearing test can determine if your hearing loss is simply age-related or the result of another medical cause, which can range from ear wax to a tumor.

Dr. Joe Griffith, with Accessible Hearing Aids, is a certified audiologist who addresses all types of hearing concerns and ensure you get the hearing help you deserve. Call today at (504) 738-4557 to schedule your appointment!