Personal Sound Amplification Products Can Help Seniors Hear Better

A lot of people can be reluctant to get hearing aides. Are there other devices that can help? Absolutely! The following article lists several ways that sound can be amplified for you or a loved one. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare

If your husband is reluctant to get a hearing aid, there are dozens of “personal sound amplification products” (PSAPs) that can help him hear better at a lower cost than most hearing aids, which can run up to $3,000 each.

PSAPs are over-the-counter electronic products (they are not FDA approved medical devices like hearing aids) that come in many different shapes and sizes that will give your husband the ability to adjust the volume and tone so he can hear better in different situations.

It’s also important to know that PSAPs work best for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment, you don’t need a prescription to buy them, and they usually aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare.

Before you look into PSAPs, your husband should probably get tested by an audiologist who can rule out any medical issues that could be affecting his hearing like excessive ear wax, an infection, abnormal bone growth or inner-ear tumor. Audiologists are also familiar with the different PSAPs and can help your husband choose the best products to meet his needs, or let him know if a hearing aid would be a better option.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the different PSAPs that can help.

TV and Telephone Amplifiers: To hear the television better, there are a number of TV listening devices on the market that will let your husband increase the volume and adjust the tone to meet his needs, without blasting out you or the rest of the family.

The best options available today are wireless infrared or radio frequency systems that come with standard or stethoset headphones. Sennheiser makes some of the best TV listening products sold today with prices running between $250 and $350.

If hearing over the telephone is a problem, a handset or in-line amplifier can be added to your phone for a few dollars, or you can purchase an amplified telephone. Most amplified phones allow you to adjust the volume and tone for better clarity and they usually come with extra loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert you when a call is coming in.

Some top makers of these products are Clarity, ClearSounds and Serene Innovations, with prices ranging anywhere from $30 up to around $300. Or, see if your state has a specialized telecommunications equipment program, which provides amplified telephones for free.

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