Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)


Designed to facilitate communication. These include Bluetooth devices, induction loop systems, amplified telephones, FM systems, and personal amplifiers.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Hearing loss does not have to be a handicap it’ just something that makes you different. Enjoy everything the modern world has to offer in the comfort of your home. Every day you rely on technology even more and we’ll make it easy for you to use it to its full extent. Connect with multiple devices with one simple earpiece. Making it easier to stay in touch with your loved ones, communicate with smart devices, or just to stay up to date on what’s happening in the world around you while watching the news. All this while still hearing the world around you without any interference. Check out our devices that allow you this freedom of movement and ease of hearing.

Oticon's ConnectlineOticon’s ConnectLine™ connectivity solution is the most complete and easiest to use system available today. It will enable you to connect wirelessly to TV’s, cell phones, landline phones, computers and MP3 Players – things that are part of everyday life for people of all ages. With ConnectLine, wireless connectivity is as easy as pressing a button.

Phonak's iComPhonak’s iCom – The communication interface
The freedom of wireless connectivity. For many of us leading an active life, keeping in touch with our environment means being able to interface with a diverse range of communication systems like telephones, televisions, MP3 players, computers or other audio sources. For hearing aid users, participating in these often important, sometimes just fun aspects of modern living has been a big challenge. Not anymore!

Telephones


Telephones are no longer a luxury but a necessity in the modern world. We rely on our telephones for life’s most important moments. From staying healthy and keeping in touch with our loved ones our phones are here to make our life easier. Hearing loss no longer has to be a problem while utilizing the most important device used in our daily lives.

Communication on the telephone may be difficult for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing for varying reasons. The issues may be volume or tonal or a combination of both.

Assistive Listening DevicesFor those that use a hearing device, it is important to consider hearing device compatibility. When a telephone is noted to be “hearing aid compatible,” this means that the earpiece of the phone emits a magnetic field. If a hearing device is equipped with a telephone coil or “T-coil,” this coil is able to respond to the magnetic field, allowing the hearing device to pick up and amplify the voice from the phone directly. This also blocks surrounding sounds while the individual uses the telephone. The T-coil feature may also be used with a variety of assistive listening devices.

There are a few different types of telephone amplifiers to attach to a regular telephone as well as amplified telephones. Keep in mind that it is very important to try out any combination of telephones and devices before purchasing. As a suggestion, if a device is being considered and there is some uncertainty as to whether it will work with a particular telephone, bring it along to the store or demonstration center to try it out so that any issues of compatibility can be immediately addressed. We’re here to help you make your life easier by providing you the best service when it comes to communicating through your phone.

Classroom, Meeting Room, or Lecture Hall

You want to be heard but the reality is that some people listening to you speak can’t hear you too well. 1 in 8 people suffers from hearing loss. Don’t let them miss out on important aspects of their life just because they can’t hear you. We have the best systems to transmit clear sound to anyone in the room so everyone can hear you clearly while you speak no matter where they are sitting.

The most common type of wireless device used in a classroom setting is an FM radio transmitter and receiver. With an FM, the speaker wears a small transmitter with a microphone. The listener wears a small receiver that may be used with headphones or with hearing aids via a neck-loop. This enables the speaker and listener to move freely without wires between them. Conference microphones are also available designed to be put in the middle of a table and pick up the voices of several people at the same time.

Theater, Cinema, or House of Worship
(Wide-Area Systems)

You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun while watching a new movie, while been captivated by a play or healing your soul while listening to a sermon. So why let others miss out of it? Be part of the solution. Cater to the needs of the hearing impaired with the most up to date sound transmitters available today.

The types of transmission used in a wide area system are FM radio transmission, infrared transmission, and magnetic induction. All three systems transmit the sound signal which is received by individuals in the audience who are wearing special receivers that provide amplification. Please note that these different types of receivers are not interchangeable and can only be used for the particular type of system for which they have been designed.

There are a variety of receivers that are available with both FM and Infrared systems. Some are headset receivers that can be used alone while others are designed to be used with hearing aids that are equipped with telephone switches. In the case of an induction loop system, for individuals wearing hearing aids with telephone switches, no special receiver is required. However, for those not wearing hearing aids or those wearing hearing aids which are not equipped with a telephone switch, use of a special induction receiver would be necessary in order to receive amplified sound.

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