What Are Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)?

How to Prevent Early Hearing Loss with Simple Steps Each Day

ALDs could help you or your loved one hear better!

Are you noticing that it’s harder to communicate with others or hear what’s being said on the television? Are you forgetting to lock the door and turn off the stove? Do you have trouble comprehending what others are saying? Perhaps you are noticing that of a family member. Hearing treatment preserves one’s health against the strain of hearing loss and makes it much easier to hear others and block out background noise. What are assistive listening devices? Are they right for you or your loved one?

What Are Assistive Listening Devices?

Assistive listening devices, also known as ALDs or assistive listening systems, describe a broad range of personal hearing devices. They generally help individuals hear primary sounds better and diminish background noise. They can apply to hearing TVs, other people, or other people in outdoor, public environments. They can be an addition to hearing aids or work on their own. 

Types of Assistive Listening Devices

You can find many types of ALDs, including the following:

  • Induction loops (works with a wire installed around a room)
  • FM systems (great for intimate and crowded settings alike)
  • Infrared systems (great for indoor settings)
  • Personal amplifiers (a headset attached to a portable device)
  • Alerting devices (alerts user to sounds they can’t hear nearby)
  • IP systems (text to speech systems)
  • Amplified phones (for hearing phone calls)

It’s a good idea to research your options before buying the first one you see. If you have questions, ask an audiologist for expert advice.

Who Benefits from ALDs?

People with mild to severe hearing loss can benefit from ALDs. It benefits anyone who can’t hear as well anymore and those who only have trouble hearing in crowded rooms. It also helps people who have hearing aids but have severe hearing loss.

Costs and Insurance

Assistive listening devices can cost as low as about $50 to $1,000. Do not simply go with the cheapest option, but the one that will benefit your health or your loved one’s health. 

Hearing devices are not covered by insurance.

Are ALDs Right for You or Your Loved One?

ALDs can help to some extent, but they might not be right for everyone. Contact Clarity Audiology to learn what the experts recommend.

Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions

Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.

You can call us today to schedule a FREE Hearing Protection Consultation at 410-698-6594! For more blog posts, news, and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

This entry was posted on Friday, March 8th, 2024 at 2:53 pm. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Ready to get started?

Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions, LLC provides hearing evaluations and tinnitus evaluations to patients in Ellicott City, Columbia, Catonsville, Baltimore, Sykesville and all of Howard, Carroll and Baltimore County. Contact Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions, LLC at 410-698-6594 to schedule a tinnitus evaluation or hearing evaluation.

Contact Our Team Today