Though hearing aids greatly improve the listening experience for many of our patients, there are times when additional help is necessary to help you hear your best. For example, you may experience more difficulty hearing while eating at a restaurant, during meetings, or while talking on the telephone. Additional help is available through Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT).
HATs are amplification devices that are designed to aid in very specific, but not all, listening situations. They can be thought of as “binoculars for the ears.” They increase the loudness of sounds and deliver those sounds directly to your ears or to your hearing aids.
HATs can help specifically with:
These systems work with hearing aids that have a telecoil induction loop technology. This technology can deliver sound from a sound system directly to your hearing aids, turning them into personal speakers or receivers. The telecoil serves as the hearing aid’s “antennae,” receiving magnetic signals from the looping system. The magnetic signal is the only sound the hearing aid user hears, not the background noise. This creates a crisper and clearer signal for the user and a more enjoyable listening experience. In addition, the hearing aid picks up the sound directly from the source, overcoming the effects of distance.
Associated Audiologists is a provider for the Kansas TAP Program. This program provides vouchers for specialized telephone equipment and signaling devices for individuals with disabilities who need assistance in using the telephone and who reside in the states of Kansas or Missouri. To apply for a TAP voucher, talk with your audiologist. Learn more about Assistive Technology for Kansans or Missouri Assistive Technology.
Devices are available that can assist in increasing your awareness of sounds in the home, including but not limited to the telephone ringing, someone knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell, the alarm clock, the fire/smoke alarm, or a baby monitor. Talk with your audiologist to see if you might benefit from this technology.
Many different types of hearing assistive technology can help you enjoy the theater, including:
Individual needs for hearing assistive technology vary widely. Be sure to discuss your lifestyle and hearing needs with your audiologist, who will be happy to review your hearing assistive technology options with you.