Six Perfect Gifts for Those with Hearing Loss
Finding the perfect gift for our loved ones is a goal most of us share throughout the holidays — it’s our chance to show friends and family how much we care. We want our gifts to be meaningful and useful, not something that could end up hidden away in a closet. But finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something special to give someone with hearing loss. Instead of giving your loved one a gift anyone can purchase, why not choose something that can make living with hearing loss a little easier for them? Showing you understand and respect the needs of your friend or family member with hearing loss is an invaluable gift to give — so, follow our gift guide to find the perfect present!
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Does your friend or family member with hearing loss love a good story? If so, Audiobooks are a great way to help them practice listening using an exercise hearing care professionals call “speech tracking.” This method improves listening skills and can also help alleviate communication barriers that often come with hearing loss. Audiobooks are an easy way to get your friend or family member started at their own pace, and are particularly useful if this individual has trouble participating in one-on-one communication with those who don’t have hearing loss. Most Audiobooks have a narrator clearly speaking at a slower pace, which makes the storyline easier to follow. If this is the first Audiobook your friend or family member with hearing loss is using, consider purchasing a book they already know and love, or one with few characters and minimal background noise/sound effects — this will ensure the listener has optimal enjoyment of the story. Explore audiobooks available on the iTunes App Store and on Audible, or browse more Audiobooks here!
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Wake-up Light or Vibrating Alarm Clocks.
Sometimes, people with normal hearing may not realize just how many little things make living with hearing loss more difficult — like not being able to hear their alarm clock when they need to wake up to catch a flight, or an important meeting. Luckily, innovations such as the wake-up light alarm clock and the vibrating alarm clock solve this obstacle for those with hearing loss by using a wake-up technique that doesn’t require sound! Phillips has created an alarm clock to simulate both the sunset as well as the sunrise, which helps users relax before drifting off to sleep and wakes them up gradually with natural light. It’s also clinically proven to help users wake up feeling refreshed! If you’d prefer a different form of alarm clock, consider iLuv’s vibrating alarm clock. With wireless connection to an iPhone or other Bluetooth enabled cell phone, users can set an alarm, place the device beneath and pillow, then sleep soundly knowing missing an important alarm is no longer an option! You can purchase a Philips Wake-Up Light or iLuv’s SmartShaker right from Amazon.
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WiFi Video Doorbell.
Having the ability to hear someone knocking at our door is another little thing those without hearing loss take for granted — and it’s something many people with hearing loss struggle with every day. But the SkyBell Video Doorbell takes the worry out of hearing someone knocking at the door or ringing the doorbell. The device uses WiFi and motion sensors to alert users when someone is at the door directly from their smartphone. It also has a video feature allowing users to see the person at the door without ever having to get up and open it! To purchase the SkyBell WiFi Video Doorbell, click here. And be sure to check out other innovative WiFi Video doorbells like Ring!
Gift Card for a Massage or Acupuncture Session.
Did you know that improved circulation can greatly improve hearing health? The tiny hair cells that are responsible for translating sound into electric impulses for our brains to process can only work to their full potential when blood flow is actively reaching them. And certain types of massage techniques, like the Swedish method and Reflexology, initiate greater circulation in a relaxing manner to provide the auditory system with oxygen and crucial nutrients from the blood to benefit hearing! In addition, acupuncture may also have beneficial effects for those with hearing loss and Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears.” In fact, small-scale studies have shown that consistent acupuncture treatments combined with various herbs, such as ginger or garlic, may have therapeutic effects not only on hearing loss — but also on Tinnitus. So, give your loved one the gift of curative relaxation with a voucher to a massage or acupuncture session this year!
Has your loved one used the same hearing instrument for years? If so, it’s very likely that their hearing aid is out of date, or not as effective as it used to be. Not only does hearing change over time, but there are also new innovations in hearing technology being introduced every day. Hearing care professionals advise that wearers should be upgrading every few years to accommodate the variety of changes that may occur in life, and to keep hearing at its peak. That said, giving the gift of a new or updated set of hearing aids could be a life-changing option! Besides new technologies that optimize all listening environments or provide sound therapies for Tinnitus — there are also a variety of accessories that can take listening experiences to the next level. Like Sonic’s TV-A Adapter (compatible with Enchant hearing instruments) that connects hearing aids via Bluetooth directly to televisions, or the small and discreet RC-A Remote Control — providing users without a smartphone or tablet the convenience and discretion of remote volume and program changes.
There are several ways you can make Everyday Sounds Better for your loved one with hearing loss this holiday season, especially with a little help from Sonic! So, contact us today or talk to your hearing care professional to discover how to get started.