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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031
Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Better Sound Everywhere You Go

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) help people who have difficulty hearing sounds. This can be people with hearing problems, or people who simply want to be able to hear sounds more clearly. ALDs are the perfect solution for situations in which you feel hearing what you are interested in is a struggle.

ALDS vs. Traditional Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are only for people who have hearing problems. The biggest issue with hearing aids is they don’t always work for users. Since the microphone is behind the ear, it can miss important sounds. The solution is to have the microphone close to the sound of interest. With a microphone that is closer to the sound of interest, the listener is able to hear it more clearly.

The additional benefit of an ALD is that it decreases background noise. Many people who use traditional hearing aids have a difficult time hearing people speaking to them in public or in noisy areas because the hearing aid picks up all sounds. With ALDs, the microphone picks up the sound of interest, and all other sounds are secondary.

How ALDs Are Used

What many people do not know is that ALDs are not hearing aids. They are actually much different from them. While they can be placed on a hearing aid, it can also be used independent of one. They are devices that can be placed virtually anywhere to pick up sound. It can be used in and outside of the home because it’s so small that no one will notice it. It can be placed next to speakers at events, on a wall during movies or concerts, or on tables throughout the house. It’s best wherever people want to hear clearly.

The device is so small that no one will notice it when placed in or outside of the home. It can even be placed on a necklace without anyone knowing it helps with hearing.

Types of ALDs Available

ALDs aren’t just one type of listening device. There are many to choose from to accommodate the hearing needs of a lot of people. Most of the ALDs available are designed for specific audio systems and situations. For example, there are ALDs designed for televisions. There’s also ones made for landline and mobile phones.

Infrared Systems – This microphone remains at the sound source. A converter sends a infrared signal from the sound to a headset or earphones that the listener wears. This type of ALD is perfect for watching television.

FM Systems – A speaker can speak into a microphone, which is clipped to a collar. The sound is sent to loudspeakers positioned around a room or to hearing aids people wear. This is best for classrooms, conferences, or any other situations where there tends to be a lot of background noise.

Telephone Amplifiers – In-line amplifiers and volume controlled phones are specifically designed to help people who are hard of hearing. The in-line amplifiers have a small amplifying device that attaches to the base of a telephone and the cord of the handset. Volume controlled phones have those amplifiers build into them.

Alerting Devices – These devices use lights or vibration to inform people who suffer from hearing loss. Examples of these devices are alarm clocks and smoke alarms.

The best way to figure out which type of ALDs you need is to think about when you need them the most. Those who already use a hearing aid can have an ALD placed on it. Those without one can place the ALDs wherever they want boosted sound.

Who Can Use ALDs

Approximately 32.5 million people are hard of hearing or deaf. Out of this population, about 19 million of them can use ALDs, according to the Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults. One of the most popular questions asked is if ALDs are only for older people. ALDs are useful for any age from children to the elderly.

Many people suffer from hearing problems due to genetics or age, and they can use ALDs to help offset the hearing loss. Some people who use ALDs don’t have a genetic or age-related cause for hearing loss. Their hearing problems are due to environmental causes. People who are exposed to extremely loud sounds for extended time can suffer from problems with their hearing. Athletes and laborers can also injury their ears when objects hit them, which can lead to the need for ALDs.

Signs You May Need to Use ALDs

Signs you may need to use ALDs are similar to those that indicate you need a hearing aid. Usually, the signs are not as pronounced as those of someone who fits the criteria for hearing aids. The following are some of the signs you may need to speak to a specialist about ALDs.

  • You have to listen closely to understand others when they speak.
  • You have a difficult time conversing with others.
  • You turn the TV to its loudest level to hear it.
  • You often tell others they don’t speak clearly.
  • You ask people to repeat what they say.
  • You can’t hear women or children well.
  • You can’t hear what people say, so sometimes you answer incorrectly.
  • People often say you talk too loud.
  • You turn your head, so you can hear with your “better” ear.
  • You will stressed out from having to strain to hear people.
  • You isolate yourself from social situations because it’s too hard to hear them.
  • You’re embarrassed about asking people to repeat themselves all the time.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs, speak to an ALD professional. This person can answer all of your questions and evaluate your hearing, so you can know if you need ALDs.

Contact an ALD professional today for more information.