Signaling products: How can I ensure my husband knows when a fire alarm or phone sounds?

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How can I ensure my husband knows when a fire alarm or phone sounds?

Question

My husband has given up wearing his hearing aid and I worry that when I'm out and he's home alone that he may not hear alarms, the phone, etc. Can you suggest something visual that could alert him? I’ve heard there are software apps that do this, but would be willing to spend more money to ensure his safety.

Our answer

As you may have discovered, there are many signaling products for people who are hearing impaired.

Electronic hearing-impaired alert systems, which can sit on a desk or countertop – are significantly more expensive, starting at about $200 (Cdn), but cover enough sounds to help ensure the individual’s safety and independence. Below are direct links to some examples of these products:

  • Visit Flash Receiver, by Bellman & SymfonBellman & Symfon Visit Flash Receiver (at Canadian Hearing Society) is offered on the Canadian Hearing Society website. This device provides alerts for fire, phone, doorbells and other important noises. 
  • Alertmaster A10, by Clarity ProductsClarity Alertmaster AL10 (at Canadian Hearing Society) is also offered on the Canadian Hearing Society website. This device features alerts for alarm clock, doorbell and phone through flashing lights and powerful vibrations.
  • Krown KA300 Wireless Alert System (at Special Needs Computers) is a wireless system designed to alert individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing during emergency situations. 

RehabMart.com, a U.S. website run by occupational therapists, provides a detailed product review of the three devices described above, along with two others, which may help you to make a decision before purchasing.

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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