Helpful technology

“WHY ON EARTH DON’T THEY GET A HEARING AID? (…and stop being a bother to me.)”

why-on-earthA well-fitted hearing aid can be a great help, however hearing aids make sound louder. They do not “correct” hearing. Even the best aid remains on the outside. The person’s own defective hearing system must still take the message between his/her EARS and his/her BRAIN. The brain must then decode (understand) the imperfect message which has arrived there.

 

Hearing loss solutions

Hearing aids are one solution, but they are by no means the only way hearing-impaired people can work their way around their disability.

There are many products that help people hear better in everyday situations.

  • In the home

    Home activities, such as being able to hear the telephone or doorbell ring, or watching TV without it blaring at family members, can be made easy with the following types of assistive listening devices

    Alerting devices: Our alerting devices include alarm clocks, doorbells, phone alerting systems and smoke alarms. They’re designed to put your mind at ease for all daily tasks, so you won’t miss a trick. Click here to know what are ALDs.

    FM systems and sound amplifiers: A wireless FM system helps you hear what people are saying by cutting out distracting background noise. <hyperlink to selection>

    Hearing aid accessories: Wireless technology, easy-to-adjust settings and pocket-sized remote controls are just some of the features of our helpful hearing aid accessories.

    Phones: Staying connected with friends and family is important. Our range of cordless and mobile phones, with easy-to-read displays, will help to ensure you don’t miss any important calls. Lots of phones also come equipped with earphones and in-wire microphones are available through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

    “One app can make a difference”

    Any iPhone/iPad/iPod touch owner who has a hearing disability should try this app. Click One app can make a difference. 

    TV and music devices: Wireless headphones, neck loops and ear hooks provide additional hearing assistance, meaning you can watch TV or listen to music at a volume that suits you. Recently Rod Easdown wrote a very informative article in the  Sydney Morning Herald.

    Product managers who would like to list their devices on this web page are invited to join SHHH as corporate members.

    Watching TV with captions

    Captions are words displayed on a television screen that describe the audio or sound portion of a program. They allow viewers who are hard-of-hearing to follow the dialogue and action simultaneously. They can also provide information about who is speaking, or about sound effects that may be important to understanding a news story, a political event, or the plot of a program.To learn how to turn caption on your TV set, click here for our factsheet.

    Helpful links:

    Hearing Savers is a trusted brand offers the lowest price hearing aids, batteries and accessories in Australia. Their website: www.hearingsavers.com.au

     

    The HEARing Education and Research Network (HEARnet) provides online information about hearing health and hearing technologies to adults, children and families affected by hearing loss;hosts online training modules (through HEARnet Learning); and improves community knowledge about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss and prevention measures.  Their website:  hearnet.org.au

    The Disability section of Telstra’s website includes a catalogue with a variety of products to assist those with a hearing impairment.  Telstra also has a number of locations where TTY pay phones are available, over 230 Australia-wide are listed in this section:  telstra.com.au/disability

    A wealth of information on the implantable hearing devices manufactured by this multinational corporation, particularly their cochlear implants and their “Baha” bone conduction aids:
    cochlear.com.au

    Oricom are an Australian firm specialising in telephones and other communications equipment.  Their range includes “Care” phones with amplification for the hearing impaired: oricom.com.au

     

    Printacall are retailers of a wide range of assistive devices for the hearing impaired.  They are based in Denistone East, in metropolitan Sydney:  printacall.com.au

    Based in Boronia, Melbourne, Word of Mouth Technology specialises in assistive technology for the deaf and hearing impaired:  wom.com.au

     

    Ezisound is a one-stop shop for online hearing aid accessories and assistive listening devices.  Hearing loss solutions in the convenience of your own home:  www.ezisound.com.au

  • Hearing loops

    Audio induction loop systems, or hearing loops, are an aid for the hard-of-hearing. They are a loop of cable around a designated area, usually a room or a building, which generates a magnetic field, picked up by a hearing aid.

    It allows the sound source of interest (the performer) to be transmitted to the hearing-impaired listener clearly and free of other distracting noise in the environment. Typical installation sites  include concert halls, ticket kiosks, high-traffic public buildings (for PA announcements), auditoriums, places of worship and homes.

    Look for the hearing loop sign.

    Hearing loop

    Let us know of cinemas and theatres in your area that have installed hearing loops<hyperlink to the Campaigns page>

     

     

    Cinemas

    Help us find the cinemas in NSW which have installed hearing loops, so that you too can enjoy a movie to the full. Post it in our forum/facebook group.

    Captioning in theatres

    More theatres than ever are presenting captioned performances. For details click here.

    Restaurants

    Here at SHHH, our most frequent source of grumbling is noisy restaurants.

    Join our campaign to list restaurants which are friendly for hearing-impaired patrons – whether by installing hearings or by designing their eating space more sympathetically.Join our forum/facebook group to share your experience.

    Our volunteers

    The best thing our volunteers can do is to understand and help you work your way through to a solution.

    At our offices we have examples of the types of devices that can help hearing-impaired people. You can look at them, try them and discuss them without obligation. Just make an appointment here and come on in!

    If you buy a hearing assistive device, we’d love to share your assessments too, once again in our forum/facebook group.

Disclaimer

* Information on the products we mention is provided by the manufacturer as part of the normal sales process. SHHH does not in any way endorse these companies, we just think hard-of-hearing people may find them a help.

Give us feedback on your impressions through the Forum. For further information on any specific product included here, contact the consulting company directly.

Vendors who would like to be included in future directories should contact shhh@netscape.net.au or the contact form.

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