The holidays are just around the corner, so you’re probably thinking of gifts to get your loved ones. Some people are very easy to buy for, but then there are those who have you wracking your brain for gift ideas. If you have a loved one with hearing loss, why not get them a gift that they can use? To make your choice easier, here are our top 5 gifts for someone with hearing loss.
Thanksgiving is an inherently social holiday, and helps kick off the holiday season. Your hearing loss shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying it to the fullest! If you’d like to get your hearing aids checked out before the holiday season starts, please give the Hearing Balance & Speech Center hearing professionals a call. We’d be happy to help! Call us on 1-800-HEAR-IT-1 or click here to request an appointment online.
Top 5 Gifts for Someone with Hearing Loss
A hearing loss related gift may sound boring, but we can assure you they most certainly don’t have to be! From the latest tech gadgets to devices to make communication easier, these gift ideas are sure to hit the mark.
Hearing a doorbell with hearing loss can be challenging. Most doorbells produce a high-frequency chime, which can be hard to hear if you have a high-frequency hearing loss. Making sure that you’re able to hear the doorbell will give you a greater feeling of security and independence at home.
Fortunately, the choice of digital doorbells is plentiful. Flashing signalers, two-way communication, smartphone integration and smart doorbells with video are just some of the available options.
It may sound like a strange gift idea for a loved one with hearing loss. However, it’s sometimes the little things that make living with a hearing loss more difficult - like not being able to hear the alarm clock.
A vibrating alarm clock can be a good choice of gift for someone with a hearing loss. Features can include a vibrating pad to shake the pillow or bed, and in some cases the option for a flashing light.
If you’re looking for a more gentle wake up call, a wake-up light alarm clock could be a good gift to consider. These alarm clocks simulate sunrise, helping you to wake up gradually with the natural light.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Exposure to loud noise is a leading cause of noise-induced hearing loss. Particularly in younger demographics, prolonged exposure to loud music through headphones is a leading contributor.
With a hearing loss, background noise can make an already challenging listening situation even more so. Noise-cancelling headphones have the dual advantage of blocking out the background noise, and allowing the wearer to listen for prolonged periods at a lower volume.
Bone Conduction Headphones
Bone conduction gives you the ability to hear sound through the vibration of bones in your face, specifically your jaw and cheekbones. The vibrations in your facial bones help sound waves to bypass your outer and middle ear, and directly stimulate your inner ear.
Bone conduction headphones can connect to your smartphone with Bluetooth or a wired connection. These headphones can filter out external noise and enhance sound quality - a great choice of gift!
It can be difficult to understand someone on the phone when you have a hearing loss. Often, people resort to using speakerphone to help amplify the sound and make the conversation easier to hear.
A captioned telephone takes the guesswork out of struggling to hear on the phone. Plus, it can help keep those with a hearing loss connected to their loved ones.
We hope this list has helped inspire your gift-giving choices. There’s one final gift yet to mention - the gift of better hearing. If you suspect that a friend or loved one may be struggling with a hearing loss, why not book a complimentary hearing assessment with the hearing professionals Hearing Balance & Speech Center. It’s quick and painless! Call us on 1-800-HEAR-IT-1 or click here to request an appointment online.