Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are amplifiers that bring sound directly to the ear. They separate sound, mainly speech, that a person may want to hear more clearly over background noise. Research indicates that people who are hard of hearing may require and extra volume of 15 to 25 dB. ALDs are used by people with all degrees of loss from mild to profound. These users include hearing aid users and cochlear implant users as well.
You could describe ALDs as binoculars for the ears, as they stretch the ability of hearing aids or implants and increase their effectiveness.
There are three main types of ALDs, these include the FM systems that offer mobility and flexibility through a transmitter you wear on your body, infrared systems that are used primarily for television listening and entertainment, and the inductive loop systems that cans be used by non-hearing aid users through headphones, or hearing aid users through a t-coil system.
If you would like to learn more about Assistive Listening Technology please feel free to contact our offices and inquire about what we have available for you.