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Hearing Impairment – General Advice:
For people with Hearing Impairment life can be very isolating and frustrating as communication can be very difficult and people who have problems often do not wish to draw attention to their hearing deficit so will not always ask for help or ask friends, family members or others to repeat conversations.
Below are some solutions that can resolve a number of problems that you might be experiencing:
- You won’t miss friends and relatives at your door if you have an amplified, flashing and vibrating doorbell. Some plug into sockets while others are battery powered and can be moved anywhere, including the garden.
- Flashing doorbells enable You to ‘see’ that the doorbell is ringing rather than having to be dependent on being able to hear the doorbell ring. The best solution that would cover the whole house would be to fix a doorbell linked to the mains electricity so that when the doorbell is activated all the house lights flash on during the day and flash off at night time. These systems should only be installed by competent electricians registered with the NICEIC and must comply with BS.5671 and once installed be issued with an electrical installation certificate.
- Vibrating Watches and Timers: There are watches that can also be used as alarms. The watch vibrates at your chosen time, so you don’t miss the alert. It is possible to wear these in bed and use them as alarm clocks because the vibration is less likely to wake anyone else sleeping with you.
- Vibrating Timers allow you to be alerted to timed events such as cooking, meetings or exercise. They can be small enough to fit into your pocket so offer portability within the home.
- Vibrating Alarm Clocks: Alarm Clocks provided for people with hearing loss are louder than standard and they also having vibrating pads that are slipped under the pillow in your bed. When the alarm goes off the vibration will wake you up. It can also be placed on your lap if you are sat in a chair if you need to remember to do something at a certain time.
- There are also Alarm Clocks that are part of paging systems. These can alert you to the phone ringing, your baby crying or someone you care for calling for assistance, your smoke alarm or your doorbell. It alerts you with a loud audible alarm, four flashing lights and a vibrating pad that you pop under your pillow.
There are other types of specialist alarms and services available for people with hearing impairments and these can be sourced through the Action on Hearing Loss website http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/