Creating a communications friendly home helps with hearing impairment, liveability and so much more.
Hearing impairment is not just the province of the elderly. Environmental issues (loud workplaces), accidents, or even good old genetics (you can choose your parents) are all to blame.
Recently Connect Hearing asked GadgetGuy for advice on tech to help with a communications friendly home. We will leave hearing analysis and hearing aids to them.
Our advice on creating a communications friendly home (Connect’s excellent overview article is here) included:
A communications friendly home is much more than voice.
It makes sense to use as many of our senses as possible. For example, sight, haptic feedback and even colour and movement.
For example, sight can be of benefit with large, friendly lettering on alarm clocks, phone handsets and accessibility-enabled tablets. Visual impact can improve by flashing lights indicating incoming phone calls.
You can also have a 100+dB ring on a doorbell or alarm as an auditory aid for security cameras. Or use smaller speakers to reinforce music or the TV when required.
Vtech has a range of Careline landline phones and accessories that are great for hearing impaired with big buttons, visual ringers, photo dialling, amplified sound, loud ringers, handsfree, and very loud doorbells
GadgetGuy’s take. A communications friendly home starts wth tech and finished with Connect [Hearing]!
It’s not hard to find the right products for the communications friendly home. Ones that make use of all the senses. These will help both hearing able and impaired to create a more communications friendly environment for the comfort, security and enjoyment for the entire household.