Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Designed to be used alone or in addition to a hearing aid, assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify specific sounds you hear during your day-to-day activities.
Group Listening Devices
Many theaters, concert halls, and meeting rooms are equipped with group listening systems. These systems can deliver quality sound to individual listeners in a large group setting.
If you have difficulty hearing certain sounds in your home, alerting devices—flashing lights, loud bells, or vibrators—can be installed. These devices are activated by the sound of a telephone, doorbell, alarm clock, smoke alarm, or crying baby.
Television Listening Devices
A TV listening device enables you to amplify the sound coming from the television without disturbing the listening comfort of those around you.
Listening can be difficult in a noisy place, such as a restaurant or car. With a one-to-one personal communicator, your companion’s voice can be amplified well above the background noise level.
Your telephone can be equipped with an amplifier. Portable amplifiers, which slip over most telephone receivers, are also available. Amplifiers can be bought at telephone or electronics stores. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may qualify for a telephone amplifier at a lower price. To get this discount, you may need to fill out a form or get a note from your doctor.