What we often discover during the Four-Step Process with our patients is that the most appropriate solution for a particular patient is either a Hearing Protection Device or an Assistive Listening Device.
These lower-cost alternatives provide limited help for specific situations but are often the best solution possible.
Other Considerations for Hearing Aids
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Hearing Protection Devices
We carry many products in our office that are designed to limit loud noise exposure. We have earplugs that cut up to 25 dB of loud noises.
These are ideal for protecting good hearing! If you’re looking for something that is custom-made for your ears, we can order them from one of our earmold manufacturers.
Assistive Listening Devices
From television headsets to amplified telephones, we offer a broad variety of Assistive Listening Devices, or ALD’s. Assistive Listening Devices are lower-cost alternatives that offer help in limited or specific situations. These can either be used alone or they can be combined with hearing aids to provide a truly customized hearing solution.
Our most popular Assistive Listening Device is the Sennheiser TV headset, which allows a person with hearing impairment to watch the television at an audible volume without compromising comfortable volume for friends and loved ones.
Weather Alert Systems
Many ALD manufacturers also make weather alert systems for those with hearing impairments. These are the weather alert radios with increased audio amplification and visual or tactile cue attachments, such as strobe lights or bed shakers.
In Oklahoma, we know how important it is to have advanced warning in severe weather situations. For those with hearing impairments, an amplified weather alert radio with a strobe light may be the difference between making it to shelter in time and being caught in the storm.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Many hearing aid manufacturers and other companies have designed accessories meant to be used with hearing aids to maximize the effectiveness of amplification. Some of these are wireless television transmitters, BlueTooth connectivity kits, and FM systems.
All of these devices are useful in some way for taking the performance of hearing technology to the next level. Some, such as those made by hearing aid manufacturers, only work with a certain brand of hearing aid while others work with hearing aids that have telecoils.