Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are designed to making hearing easier for people with all degrees of hearing loss. Listening that involves telephones, radios, televisions, alarm clocks, and conference calls are all situations that can be amplified for your specific needs using ALDs.
While a hearing aid works by amplifying all sounds in your environment, ALDs focus on only amplifying specific sounds while reducing background noise.
Some common Assistive Listening Devices are:
- Personal Listening Systems
Various models of general amplifiers to improve hearing of all local sounds.
- TV Listening Systems
Designed for listening to TV, radio, or stereo without interference from surrounding noise.
- Direct Audio Input Hearing Aids
Earbuds with an audio plug that can connect to any device with a headphones jack, such as the TV, stereo, microphones, auditory trainers, and personal FM devices.
- Telephone Amplifying Devices
Designed to connect telephone to hearing aids, or provide amplification without hearing aids.
- Musician’s Monitors
Designed for live concert sound reinforcement, film and/or video production. Work with wireless or wired receivers.
ALDs are sometimes referred to as “binoculars for the ears” and can benefit a wide range of people with hearing loss. They are amplifiers that can send sound signals directly to hearing aids, or standard earbuds. Most hearing aid users don’t use ALDs unless their profession or daily activities would benefit from specific amplification. The most common ALD hearing aid users choose is a phone amplifier.
ALDs are known for being able to effectively reduce background noise and selectively amplify a major sound source, such as a speaker in a crowded hall. There are various wireless and wired models available, depending on the need and preferences of the user. This includes neck loops, silhouette inductors, headphones, direct audio input and other linkages. Hard-wired ALDs include hand-held amplifiers with microphones, direct audio input microphones, and hard-wired systems.
There advantages and disadvantages to each type of ALD, and Sam is helpful at walking you through your many options. For wider applications, there are ALDs that can be installed in large areas for ongoing usage, such as in a meeting room or your office. Contact our office to see if ALDs are right for you.