Flashing Doorbell: What device will notify my mother, who has difficulty hearing, if someone is at the door?

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What device will notify my mother, who has difficulty hearing, if someone is at the door?

Question

My mother, who lives at home alone, has recently been having a hard time hearing the doorbell. In fact, this week she missed both her prescription and grocery drop-off because she could not hear the doorbell or the knock on the door. Is there a special device that can alert people who are hearing impaired when someone is at the door?

Our answer

There are a number of products available that are specially designed to let individuals who have difficulty hearing know when a person is at the door. Here are direct links to some examples of products you may want to explore:

  • Flashing Wireless Doorbell Kit by Fosmon (at amazon.ca) is a wireless doorbell that has a maximum operating range of about 250 metres. The portable receiver flashes and vibrates, making it a useful device for individuals who have difficulty hearing. This product costs about $25 to $35  (Cdn), plus a shipping fee. 
  • Wireless Door Chime and Flashing Strobe Light by Security 2020 (at amazon.ca) is easy to install and comes with a bright flashing strobe light, making it easy for individuals who have difficulty hearing know when someone is at the door. This device costs about $100 to $135 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee. 
  • The DoorKnocker by Krown (at Harris Communications) is a device with a large, ultra-bright, portable LED light that flashes when someone knocks on the door. This product is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $30 to $35 (U.S.), plus a shipping fee. 

 

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