Candidates for ALDs
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are not only for people who use hearing aids. Individuals with all degrees and types of hearing loss can benefit from these units. Even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive listening devices. Some ALDs are used with hearing aids, whereas others are used without hearing aids. Suitable candidates for ALDs include individuals who:
- Suffer from mild to moderate sensorineural hearing deficit secondary to presbycusis, which is age-related hearing loss.
- Were previously exposed to loud noise over a long period of time.
- Have a genetic disorder that resulted in hearing problems.
- Suffered a head injury or ear trauma that rendered them hearing impaired.
Can you Relate to These Statements?
You may be an ideal candidate for an ALD if you relate to some or any of the following statements:
- I often have to strain to hear conversations.
- I am frustrated after struggling to carry on a conversation.
- I have to turn the television and radio up to maximum volume.
- I often accuse loved ones and friends of mumbling.
- I struggle to hear strangers who speak to me.
- I often have to ask people to repeat themselves because I don't understand what they say.
- People accuse me of speaking loudly when I talk.
- I can hear better out of one ear than the other one.
- When someone is talking, it sounds like their words are jumbled together.
People who need ALDs are not just senior citizens. Rather, the age range varies from young children to older adults, as well as adults with disabilities. If your hearing is significantly impaired, an ALD may be just the type of assistance you need to communicate with the people around you.