Smoke Alarms: Do They Really Help The Hearing Impaired?

hearing aids - MyheargearMyHearGear carries about 2,000 Assistive Living Devices for the deaf and hearing impaired.  One product that is often overlooked is a Smoke or Carbon monoxide alarm that has a very high sound output and comes with a flashing strobe light.  A person with a hearing loss will not only HEAR the fire/smoke/CO alarm, they will also be able to SEE alarm alerting them to danger. If you can’t hear or see an alarm going off, that can lead to deadly consequences. There are 1.6 million or more fires every year cost the lives of civilians and firefighters. Fire kills more Americans that all natural disasters combined.  It’s a horrible tragedy, especially in places where hearing impaired and vision impaired live and there is no alerting system in place to warn them of fire or smoke.

MyHearGear carries many different brands of fire and smoke alarms that are loud and easy to be seen. Some different types of alarms are:
-Smoke Alarm Systems with built in transmitter and receiver: You can set up wireless receivers in different parts of the house or building and a smoke alarm will send a sound and flashing light signal to each of the receivers

-Plug In Smoke Alarms: Sound & Light Alarms that can be plugged in (no wiring needed by a contractor). You can move these alarms around wherever you want.

-Bedside Fire Alarm & Clock: These clocks will detect the sound of fire and smoke alarms and will sound an alarm, turn on your lamp, and even vibrate your bed!

It might be time for you to take inventory of what alarms you have in your home that will also alert those with hearing and vision loss. Can all the residents hear the present alarm in case of an emergency?  Are all these alarms in working order?

Yes, these special alarms can be a bit more expensive than standard smoke and carbon monoxide smoke alarms. If cost is a big concern, you might want to contact your local fire dept. and see if they have any special programs for providing these alarms according to the American Disabilities Act (ADA)

Don Bromley
MyHearGear

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Are Induction Loop Systems Better Than Infrared (IR) OR Radio (RF) Systems?

Neither Infrared (IR) nor Radio (RF) systems can top an Induction Loop system.  Induction Loop Systems are the most versatile technology available, suitable for the broadest range of hearing applications.

How Do Induction Loop Systems Work?  

You must have a T-Coil receiver built into your hearing aid.  The majority of hearing aids that are manufactured come with the T-Coil feature built into them. You have a little T-Coil switch on the hearing aid that switches on or off, depending on the availability of an Induction Loop System in the area. Most theaters and live music venues have Induction Loop Systems installed. A special receiver/tuner picks up the sound (music, movies, etc.) through a microphone or direct Audio in Input. It then takes the sound saves and changes them into electromagnetic sound waves and sends them out. The only listeners that are going to hear these electromagnetic sound waves are hearing aid users that have a T-Coil feature built into their hearing aid.  The hearing aid T-Coil feature picks up these electromagnetic waves and changes them back into sound waves.

What’s the Advantage of Listening through an Induction Loop System?

Lots of advantages! You can amplify, through your T-Coil hearing aid, only the sounds you want. Try going to a concert and trying to listening to ONLY the singer or the orchestra. You are hearing EVERYTHING, all the background noises of the audience, the wind, the cries of babies, coughing, sneezing, etc. With an Induction Loop System, you listen only to what is specifically being sent out to you through a Loop System, not the smorgasbord of sounds that are coming at you with a normal hearing aid.

I’ve received many customer testimonies of being able to attend church again because they can finally hear the pastor’s sermon as clear as a bell. Many churches are now using an Induction Loop System to bring back the hearing impaired that were so frustrated by not being able to clearly hear the pastor or speaker.

Another advantage is that you don’t have to wear something on top of your head, like a headphone. The Induction Loop System sending sound to your hearing aid is wireless, so no need for anything to plug into your aid or wear around your neck or stick in your pocket.

Are Induction Loop Systems Available to the Public?

The good news is…YES!  You can purchase an Induction Loop System that can reach an entire church congregation or meeting hall or classroom or a library. All for under $900 dollars. Or you can purchase an individual Induction Loop System that is built right into a chair pad. Or you can buy a small Induction Loop System to install in your living or family room. A Loop of copper wire is installed around the perimeter of the room or building. This wire is hooked up to a special tuner (which is about the size of your stereo tuner). Your TV or Stereo System can be hooked up to this special Induction Loop Transmitter and you can hear all your favorite music and TV programs without hearing all the other background noise. For volume, just adjust your hearing aid volume. No headphones, no plugs, no wires, no devices hanging from your body. You can’t get any freer than that! An Individual Induction Loop System can be as economical as under $300.

Where Can You Purchase an Induction Loop System?

MyHearGear carries a complete selection of Induction Loop Systems or public use or for private use.  We carry the major name brands such as Oval Window, Williams Sound, Univox, and Geemarc. The individual systems are very easy to set up. Most are already self-contained so no wiring is needed. The larger Induction Loop Systems for churches, libraries, and meeting places can be installed by a better than average handyman. Set up Instructions are included with all the Induction Loop Systems.

Check us out at MyHearGear.com. We have a 30 Day Free Trial Period. And we’re here to assist you with any setup.

Yours for Better Hearing,

Don Bromley
MyHearGear

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REALLY !! A HEARING HORN – MyHearGear

I recently received a bag of hearing accessories from a friend whose mother passed away.  She knew I owned MyHearGear so I probably would have some use for some older hearing accessories that her mother used.

hearing-horn-myheargearI opened the bag…A Sharper Image Vibrating Alarm Clock made by Sonic Alert.  Gee, I never knew Sharper Image had carried various hearing accessories at one time.  Then I pulled out a Shake Awake Travel Vibrating Alarm from the 1990’s.  Not available anymore  but  we carry many products similar to this.  A pocket size alarm clock with a very loud audio alarm AND you can put the whole alarm under your pillow to wake you with vibrations.  You get both Sound AND Vibration.  Pretty much a necessity for very sound sleepers  and those with a hearing loss.

The last thing I pulled out  of the bag I had seen before.  I was puzzled.   It was a bright orange funnel for adding oil or gas additives to a car!   How the heck did THIS get into the bag.  And then I realized…  My friend’s mother was quite elderly…and had a hearing loss for a very long time.  Back in those days when there weren’t all the technological wonders  that  help people hear, people would use a HEARING HORN…

hearing-horn-myheargear-1You would push the narrow end against your ear  and point the wider end toward the sound you were wanting to hear.  I’m guessing it might have been a little embarrassing pointing  long horn at people.  But back then you did what you had to do to hear.  So, back to that 99 cent orange oil spout.  Sure looks like an economical aternate to a very expensive collector’s item ear horn that sells for 99 dollars or much more.  And I’m guessing the orange oil spout worked every bit as good as the 99 dollar model!

Come check out our latest hearing accessories on MyHearGear.com.   We have almost 1600 products for every hearing need you have.   Personal Listener Amplifiers, TV Sound Amplifiers, Amplified Cell Phones, Amplified Stethoscopes, a huge selection of vibrating alarm clocks, and the latest Personal Sound Amplification Products(PSAP’S)

Yours for Better Hearing,

Don Bromley
MyHearGear

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Are Induction Loop Systems Better Than Infrared OR Radio Systems?

Neither Infrared or Radio systems can replace induction loop systems. Other technologies do have their advantages, however induction loops systems are the most versatile technology available, suitable for the broadest range of applications.

Infrared has the specific advantage that the signal does not cross walls and hence provides a very high level of confidentiality. It can also be used in multi-channel systems for simultaneous translation, where it is used purely as a communications system.

It suffers quite badly from shadowing, offering many situations in rooms where the signal is lost. Special receivers have to be issued which draw attention to the hearing disability. There are also very serious concerns about the standards of hygiene; have the receivers really been cleaned and disinfected? The cost of these processes is a significant expenditure for the operator of the facility.

Radio systems are even less attractive. Apart from the negative user response noted above, there is a major problem with signal loss. Professional radio microphones use diversity reception to reduce signal loss due to reflection of the radio signals from walls, etc.. This is not possible with the radio receivers used for assistive listening. Furthermore, there is a major problem with shortage of frequencies and confidentiality is totally non-existent.

In comparison, induction loops have the following advantages:

• Uses built-in T coil in hearing aid
• Utilises internal tonal correction
• No additional receiver needed
• Hygiene problems eliminated
• No loss of special receivers from venues
• Will work in conditions of bright light and outside

***REMEMBER THIS: INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEMS ARE FOR THOSE WHO USE T-COIL HEARING AIDS. NO HEADPHONES OR ANYTHING BUT YOUR T-COIL HEARING AID IS NEEDED. SOUNDWAVES ARE WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HEARING AIDS.

You can find a great selection of Induction Loop Systems at MyHearGear.com

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No, it’s a Williams Sound Pocketalker!

The Pocketalker, manufactured by Williams Sound, is one MyHearGear’s all-time most popular and best selling personal sound amplifiers.

What is a Pocketalker?

Pocketalker-MyHearGear.comThink back when you got your first small, portable radio you could fit in the pocket of your shirt or your pants (My first portable radio was about the size of a micro-wave oven!)  On top of that radio looking gadget is a plug-in microphone that will pick up conversation, music, sports activities, special meetings with special speakers, etc… and AMPLIFY AND ENHANCE sounds that will go to your ears via headphones or earphones.

The Pocketalker has literally helped 10’s of thousands of people with just enough of a hearing loss that they don’t need hearing aids but need more amplification and clarity in certain situations. Have you ever wished you didn’t have to strain to hear an intimate conversation?  Or a really great speaker? Or didn’t miss out on the most dramatic parts of a great movie Or you stopped going to church because you just couldn’t hear the pastor clearly and loudly enough to get the whole message?

You are part of the millions of people who have just enough of a hearing loss, or a loss in certain frequencies, that you could use a little more amplification and a little more clarity with hearing all the distracting background noises.

The Pocketalker has literally changed many lives.

Testimonies sent to us at MyHearGear talk of being able to have a meaningful conversation with grandchildren again, being able to go to church and hear the whole sermon, being able to have intimate one-on-one conversations with the ones you love the most.

Is the Pocketalker a Hearing Aid?

No, it is described as a Personal Sound Amplification Product(PSAP). They will not meet the exact needs of your hearing loss that a hearing aid will provide. You can adjust the tone on a Pocketalker but you can’t  “program” a Pocketalker to meet your very unique hearing needs. But, it can enhance and clarify sound in such a way that in many cases will be enough to meet your needs for more volume and help in the higher frequencies. Not everyone needs a hearing aid, maybe just a little more help with volume and understanding. The Pocketalker is a very economical way to “test the waters”, to see if you’re getting sound amplification and clarity. Come take a look at the Pocketalkers on MyHearGear.com, try one for 30 days, and if you haven’t noticed a significant improvement in your hearing and understanding, return the Pocketalker for a full refund on the cost of the Pocketalker.

And take a look at the other 1500 products MyHearGear offers for all of your hearing and vision needs. We’re here…to help you…hear

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Thinking Outside of The Hearing Aid

MyHearGearI’ve had a hearing loss for the last 38 years, ever since I got a severe case of amoebic dysentery in Central America and was given sulfa drugs, which killed the amoebic parasites but also killed off a lot of my hearing nerve endings.  That was a major loss in my life that led to a lot of discouragement and difficulty in learning to cope with a major loss of one of my main senses.

I did what everyone did back then…I looked into hearing aids.  And for the last 38 years, I relied on about 12 different hearing aids.   I went through times when I was very discouraged with what I was hearing with hearing aids.  I tried analog aids, then dabbled with the digitals when they came out…felt like I was getting “too much” sound digitizing and then came back to analogs.  And today…I’m using an old Siemens Intuis SP behind the ear hearing aid that seems to be the best match for me hearing loss.

Six years ago…I made an astonishing discovery…that unbeknownst to be…there was MORE than just hearing aids.   I was ending my contracting business as a tile and marble contractor and I wanted to get into a business that would enable me to work at home and use my marketing creativity skills more.  So…I Googled Hearing Accessories, to see if there was anything else out there besides hearing aids.  That was the astonishing discovery…. for the next 3 days, I just pored over the different Hearing Accessories that were available that would ENHANCE what my hearing aids were doing for me.

Who ever thought they would make a “sweat band” to cover a hearing aid and protect it from damage from destructive moisture.   I played a lot of basketball so I had a lot of sweat behind the ears and needed something to absorb all that moisture.   So my VERY FIRST item I sold from my new EBAY online store was hearing aid sweat bands.

Well, I quickly found out I was going to have to sell about 2,000 of those sweat bands a month just to pay some operating costs.  So…I started to explore OTHER hearing accessories.  I was truly amazed to find out that there were OVER 2,000 HEARING ACCESSORIES I could choose from…everything from vibrating alarm clocks to shake me awake from sleep when I wasn’t wearing my hearing aids…to wireless TV Amplifier systems that would give me louder, clearer TV sound while allowing the other watchers to listen at a much lower volume.  I was seeing more smiles than ever from those who use to grind their teeth and roll their eyes when I would crank the TV volume up and drive everyone away.

So today, my MyHearGear EBAY and website store sells over 1500 innovative, quality assistive listening products that have totally revolutionized my hearing experience- Yep, I still have my trusty old Siemens hearing aids helping me along…but now I’ve been exposed to about 1500 other ways to make my hearing experience more than just turn by hearing aid up and down.

As a hearing impaired person who has learned to “think outside the box”,  I invite you to venture outside the hearing aid and discover the amazing hearing enhancement  products that are waiting for you to discover, try out, and be enriched by.

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