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Alerting devices

Alerting devices use a loud tone, flashing lights or vibrations to alert people with hearing loss to various environmental sounds. These devices may also be called signalers or notification devices.

Most devices work by sending signals to receivers in your home or office. The receiver produces a visual alert (flashing light) or a vibrating alert. Some devices work with existing alarms and doorbells, so additional electrical wiring is not needed.

  • Baby cry signaler: Alerts when baby sounds are detected. Sensitivity is adjustable.
  • Carbon monoxide detector: Alerts if carbon monoxide exceeds safe levels. Detectors may be hardwired, plug-in or battery powered.
  • Doorbell signaler: Alerts when someone is at the door. Works with or without an existing doorbell system.
  • Smoke alarm signaler: Alerts if the smoke alarm is activated. Some alarms have built in strobe lights.
  • Telephone signaler: Alerts when the phone is ringing. Some signalers plug into the telephone line and electrical outlet. Other signalers attach to the side of the telephone.
  • Wake-up alarm signaler: Alerts when alarm clock goes off. Products range from portable alarm clocks with built-in strobe lights to alarm clocks with a built-in outlet where a lamp or vibrating alert can be plugged in.
  • Weather alert: Reports upcoming storms or dangerous weather conditions with extra loud sirens, text explaining the alert and lights indicating the severity of the alert. The Weather Alert Radio can be used alone or in conjunction with other alert devices such as a flashing light or vibrating alert.

Where to buy alerting devices

A few devices, such as doorbells with volume control and visual alert smoke detectors, may be available at larger chain stores or online stores. However, many devices are only available from specialty retailers. You can find some specialty retailers on these two vendor lists: 

As with all technology, prices vary widely. Consider the features and benefits that are important to you, as well as your budget.

If you would like to see some alerting devices in action, you can contact us to schedule a Hearing Loss Assistive Technology Demonstration.

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