Around 20 percent of Americans live with some form of hearing impairment, according to statistics published by the Hearing Loss Association of America. Whether you cannot hear at all or you hear sounds in muffled tones, daily life can be challenging in ways you had never imagined.
Fortunately, there are a variety of technology gadgets to help ease your transition into a quieter world. Here are a few to check out.
The Latest Smartphone
Having a reliable smartphone is essential, but it is now even more crucial for those who are hearing impaired, thanks to all of the great companion apps that can help you ease any daily struggles. Like the old iPhone commercial said, “There’s an app for that.” Now some of the latest hearing aid devices, like many models from Oticon, feature Bluetooth connectivity and companion apps to help locate the hearing aids if you ever misplace them and need assistance finding them, making the latest smartphones even more essential for anyone whose hearing is impaired.
A Finder Gadget
If you are prone to misplacing your keys, finder devices like Tile Mate and Trackr Bravo seem like they could be real game changers. However, since these high-tech options rely on hearing a sound in order to location the lost item, they are not very useful to those of us who are hearing impaired. But Pixie is a new finder gadget that is effective for everyone, whether you can hear well or not, thanks to a unique visual location that you can access through the app to see where the lost item is.
By utilizing augmented reality technology to render a real-time tracking image, the Pixie companion app actually shows you where to look for your missing possession. When you get close to your lost item, Pixie also begins to beep to help you locate it quickly once you are within a range at which you can actually hear it.
Home Security Cameras
If you cannot hear someone rustling outside of your home, seeing them is the next best option. A home security camera system can help you remain vigilant to protect your home from intruders. Choose cameras that offer refined night vision so that you can capture crystal-clear footage of the happenings around the home. In the event of a break-in, this kind of footage can make the difference in helping to find and prosecute the burglar.
A Video Doorbell
When you can no longer hear your doorbell ring, a video doorbell is an effective solution. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is an ideal option because in addition to the typical audio alert system, it also offers a visual alert and even a vibrotactile alert when someone rings your doorbell. Even if you cannot hear your doorbell, you will at be able to see the alert on your smartphone via the Ring companion app, as well as feel your phone vibrate with the alert. In addition, the app offers video playback so that you can easily see who is at your door, whether you are at home to answer it or not. While away from home, you can even respond to the caller through the app, using the built-in speaker within the actual doorbell, to give the appearance of being home, which is also helpful for deterring burglars.