All About Assistive Listening Devices

Dr. Li-Korotky

Dr. Li is one of the most accomplished audiologists in the country. She has more than 20 years of research and clinical experience, and she has written more than 100 scientific studies.
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If hearing loss is left untreated, it can have an impact on the normal life of a human being. People who experience hearing loss have a hard time carrying out their day to day activities. Hearing loss affects people in the following three ways:

  • Social life

When talking about social life, we are basically referring to interaction with others. People with hearing problems tend to find it difficult communicating with other people. This is because they cannot hear properly and some people in the community might find them rude and withdraw from them.

  • Emotionally

People who are having hearing issues tend to have low self-esteem and low confidence as well. This is because they tend to feel less loved and appreciated by the community. The fact they cannot hear and their communication hundred, they end up isolating themselves from gatherings because of low self-esteem.

  • Opportunities and education

Even in a class setting, a student who has some hearing impairment does not perform excellently because the problem haunts him or her and he or she feels isolated. They also have difficulty in accessing job opportunities because of their disability.

Importance of Assistive Listening Devices

What are Assistive Listening Devices? These are devices that have been designed with high technology to help people with hearing problems communicate effectively. The devices are essential gadgets that you will be advised to buy when you have hearing disabilities upon your visit to a specialist. The devices will help you in carrying your daily activities comfortably and you will get to improve your confidence and self-esteem. You can hear better even in public places like conferences and classroom when you have the listening devices. The devices come in different types that are suitable for specific areas. Each type has its own price and own mechanism of operation.

Types of Assistive Devices

  1. FM systems

FM systems, also known as frequency modulation system mainly amplifies sounds by using radio broadcast technology. This assistive device is mainly used in environments like a classroom to help the learner hear their lecturers or teachers. An FM system is made up of transmitter microphone that is used by the speaker and a receiver that is worn by the student. The transmitter increases clarity, reduces background noise and allows the listener to hear sounds that are further away.

  1. Infrared system

This system uses light waves to transmit sound to the listener. It is often used in movie theatres, museums and courtrooms. It is a useful device to use, but when a person comes between you and the listener, the signal is blocked.

  1. Induction loop system

An induction loop system consists of a loop of insulated wire that is connected to a power source, a microphone and an n amplifier. The system mainly uses an electromagnetic field to transmit sound to the listener. It can be modified to be used by one person or many people in the room. Induction loop systems can be found in public places like theatres, churches and mosques ad even in auditoriums.

  1. Amplified Telephone

This is a unique telephone that is specifically designed to help people with hearing loss. You can turn up the volume on to enhance the sound, and you can easily listen to sounds at different frequencies. There are also captioned telephones that allow you to make conversation via the phone even if you have hearing problems. You can catch every word that the other caller is speaking while using this type of phone. The phone also allows you to customize volume that fits your hearing.

  1. Alerting device

An alerting device is specifically designed for people who have complete loss the hearing sense to help them stay connected to their surroundings. The device can amplify sounds and alert you to vibrations and sounds within your environment. Some of the common alerting devices include doorbell alerts, vibrating alarm clocks, flashlight among many others. They are mainly designed for use at your home.

The devices mentioned above have been developed to enhance listening and concentration to people with hearing problems. Before purchasing any of the devices, it is good to seek advice from your specialist so that you can purchase the perfect device for your problem.

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