Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are portable systems that help individuals with hearing loss communicate more effectively. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sounds, ALDs work by separating speech from background noise. This allows the person with the hearing impairment to hear more clearly. These specialized options include: amplified telephones, infrared systems to hear television, inductive loop, bluetooth devices, amplified doorbells, amplified smoke detectors, alarm clocks, etc.
Some ALDs are used in conjunction with hearing aids, while others work as standalone devices. ALDs are useful in a number of situations, primarily those involving distance, poor acoustics and noisy backgrounds.
Wireless Communications/FM Systems
There are many wireless products/systems that can be utilized with and without hearing aids to help maximize listening satisfaction. Examples include: remote microphones (allows distant speakers to be heard with clarity), cell phone and TV streaming (allows the sound input to be heard in both ears), and cordless landline phones (allows for amplified hearing).
We also provide conventional FM systems. FM systems are specific Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) used in conjunction with hearing aids. It is a wireless system that uses radio broadcast technology to bring the desired signal directly to one’s ears. Typically, a speaker will wear a microphone transmitter that allows the listener to hear from up to 150 feet away. These systems are particularly helpful for individuals who need additional benefit in noisy listening environments (classrooms, restaurants, meetings, etc.).