Assistive Listening Devices

For many individuals, the use of hearing aids will enhance their communication and listening skills. However, hearing aids alone cannot be expected to solve all difficulties that result from hearing loss. Assistive devices can help to make interpersonal and group communication more manageable in noisy environments, in situations with poor acoustics or where distance is a factor. Assistive listening devices include any device, except hearing aids, which help a hearing impaired person communicate more effectively through direct sound amplification, or visual or vibrotactile alerts. Assistive devices include an array of technology: Television and telephone aids, alerting or signaling devices, and personal or large area assistive listening systems. Assistive devices are also known as auxiliary aids, assistive listening devices or ALDs.

Related Links

American Speech - Language - Hearing Association:
https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm

Hearing Loss Web:
http://www.mensrxmeds.com/hearingloss

Better Hearing Institute:
http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/assistive-listening-devices


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