Alerting Devices for People with Hearing and Vision Loss Video

Most alerting devices—telephones, doorbells, smoke detectors—use sound to get your attention. For individuals with hearing loss, many alerting devices are available that use a flashing light or vibration.

However, if you have combined vision and hearing loss, you may need another method. To maintain your safety and ensure you have access to vital information, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can I hear the smoke detector if I take my hearing aid(s) or cochlear implant off?
  • Can I hear the smoke detector if I'm not in the same room with it?
  • Can I hear the telephone or doorbell ring if I am not in the same room with it?
  • Can I hear the telephone or doorbell ring if I take my hearing aid(s) or cochlear implant off?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, you might need a tactile alerting device, along with a visual or auditory device, to alert you to these, and other, environmental sounds.

To find more information on these devices, and other services for people with combined vision and hearing loss, visit the Senior Site Agency of the Month, Helen Keller National Center, and watch the new hearing and vision loss videos to get more ideas about the various aids and devices that can help you or a loved one stay independent.

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