Hearing aids aren’t always the first solution for hearing loss. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) may be the answer for you.

What’s the difference?

ALDs amplify the sounds and conversations you’re listening to, transferring the amplified sound waves directly to your ears without broadcasting that increased volume to those around you. Hearing aids translate the sounds around you into clear signals that can be easily interpreted by the brain and filters out background noise that can complicate the listening process.

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Many people with hearing difficulties can use ALDs either alone or in combination with hearing aid devices. ALDs can even prolong the useful life of hearing aid devices and cochlear implants. Assistive listening devices aren’t just for daily personal use, either. They can also be used for entertainment, education and employment. Even if you don’t have an ALD of your own, you’ll likely find them at theaters, museums, conferences, hotels, churches and synagogues.

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Some manufacturers have developed Assistive Listening Devices that do more than amplify everyday sound. They can connect to your smart phone, MP3 player, computer or even your television by using wireless Bluetooth technology. With Bluetooth, ALDs can now provide improved speech understanding, clearer sound without reverberation or distortion, and even hands-free operation. Just imagine being able to hear on your cell phone through both ears simultaneously! That’s cell phone in stereo.

With your Bluetooth enabled phone, you can enjoy hands-free operation, and connect apps to your hearing aids and ALD for audible caller ID, options for volume, treble and bass control, and wind noise reduction.

Here at Colman’s Hearing Solutions, we carry ALDs which include alarm clocks, telephones, television listening devices, smoke detectors, visual door bells, and many more.

Contact our office at 561-585-5499 for more information on Assistive Listening Devices.