Assistive Listening Devices

assistive listening device san diegoIndividuals with hearing loss who have trouble following conversations because of background noise may benefit from assistive listening devices (ALDs). ALDs can be used in conjunction with hearing aids, or by themselves. They work well in situations where hearing aids alone are ineffective.

What Are the Parts of an Assistive Listening Device?

ALDs consist of a microphone, transmitter, receiver and listening attachment. The microphone is situated in close proximity to the person speaking, whereas it is typically built into a hearing aid. The transmitter relays speech to the receiver; from there it is sent to a hearing aid or the listening attachment. Assistive listening devices incorporate wireless technology and can be used with Bluetooth compatible electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, computers and televisions.

Oticon® Streamer Assistive Listening Devices

The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) provides free telephones for the hearing impaired. For more information, please visit their website.

When Are ALDs Beneficial?

Hearing aids are great at amplifying speech, but less effective in separating background noise from spoken conversation. ALDs can compensate for poor performance in a number of listening situations, such as:

Distance. Sound fades the farther away the source, making it difficult to understand conversations.

Poor acoustics. Large, open spaces and rooms with limited furnishings make for poor listening environments. Sound waves tend to bounce off hard surfaces, causing reverberation and distortion.

Noisy backgrounds. Background noise produces distractions that make it difficult for you to concentrate on speech.

Hearing aid users have no choice but to turn up the volume when they have trouble hearing in these situations. Unfortunately, that also increases the background noises. ALDs are designed to separate competing sounds, and only increase the volume of the person speaking. They are especially helpful in classrooms, meetings, churches, movie theaters, restaurants and public buildings.

ClearTV Wireless TV Listening System

CS2001M ClearTV Wireless TV Listening System

Listen to your TV or stereo without disturbing others. The sound from your TV is converted into invisible light waves, which are then converted into high fidelity sound. There are no cords to worry about and no interference from cordless phones, garage door openers or ham radios. One of the really unique features of this device is the individual volume control in both the right and left earpieces to accommodate different hearing requirements. Works with regular, cable and satellite TV.


Portable Phone Amplifier

Portable Phone Amplifier (black) CSIL95

Key Features

  • 40 dB Adjustable Amplification
  • No need to replace your existing telephone
  • Offers a 30dB max gain with the slider controls plus a 10dB ‘Boost’ button for occasional added amplification
  • Universal dial provides compatibility on 99% of telephones
  • 1-year warranty
  • Free Tech Support For Life of the Product
  • Eco Friendly
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  • Bluetooth Amplified Neckloop Accessory CLA7BT

Bluetooth Amplified Neckloop Accessory

Bluetooth Amplified Neckloop Accessory CLA7BT

Key Features

  • Excellent reception and transmission of audio signals
  • No interference from background noise
  • T-coil compatible
  • Binaural design
  • Trouble-free operation
  • Offers a 30 dB max gain
  • Rotary volume control for easy adjustment and multiple levels of amplification
  • Built-in microphone
  • 1-year warranty

TV Ears® Original

TV Ears® Original

Key Features

  • Appropriate for moderate to severe hearing loss
  • Transmission covers 900 square feet
  • Compatible with 95 KHz theaters
  • Balance control & voice enhancement technology
  • Works with plasma screen TVs and fluorescent lights when combined with the power stacker accessory (sold separately)
  • One year warranty

Clarity Ring Signaler

Clarity Ring Signaler

Key Features

  • Adjustable ring tone (up to 90 db) with bright ringer light
  • No batteries, power cord or special jacks required
  • Includes 8″ and 6′ telephone cords
  • One Year Warranty

Sonic Boom Alarm Clock

Sonic Boom Alarm Clock

The Sonic Boom, with adjustable volume and tone control, is guaranteed to wake up even the heaviest sleepers. When the alarm goes off, the user can select to wake up to any combination of a loud audio alarm, flashing lights (by plugging a lamp into it), or shaking bed (sold separately).

  • Five-year warranty

The Lifetone HL™ Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock

The Lifetone HL™ Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock

The first of its kind, the Lifetone HL™ Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock uses a 520 Hz square-wave sound pattern, proven by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, to be more effective at alerting and awakening people with hearing loss and heavy sleepers than standard fire alarms.

The Lifetone HL™ is both a state-of-art fire alarm and an attractive and easy-to-use alarm clock.

  • Two year limited warranty