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Night-time tips for people with hearing loss
There are many considerations you must take at night-time if you are affected by hearing loss. Here are five areas to enhance of the safety your house to help you get a good night’s sleep without worrying.
Around fifty percent of fatal infernos begin at night when people are asleep.
This is particularly troubling for people who suffer from hearing loss, as most smoke alarms produce sounds at high frequencies.
Ensure that you install smoke alarms which emit a low-frequency (520 Hz) square wave tone, which can be easier to hear.
If you are completely deaf, there are alarm systems that combine extremely loud alarms, blinking lights, and vibrators that shake your mattress to rouse you in the case of danger.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas that is odorless, colourless and tasteless. It is created from the incomplete combustion of fuel, which can occur from various household appliances, such as your oven, stove-top, dishwasher or dryer.
Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors operate by producing a loud sound, or by flashing colored lights, strobe lights and wireless receivers for people with hearing loss. The detectors are either stand-alone detectors or used in conjunction with existing alarm systems. Both hardwired and plug-in detectors are available.
Door lights act as doorbells for people with hearing loss. There are various types: some sense vibrations using a movement sensor, others use a push-button on the door. There are also wireless pagers that can pick up transmissions from pressed door transmitters.
The phone is your essential go-to item during an emergency. Phone signalers allow you to voice-dial for assistance in an emergency. For daily use, wireless vibrating wristbands can inform you of an incoming call.
The Induction Loop
Induction loops are installed throughout the home to improve the performance of the resident’s hearing aids or cochlear implants. An induction loop is long strands of wire positioned in a loop around your room. Through induction, these loops activate the telecoils inside your hearing aid that raise the volume of sound and can be very helpful in emergency situations.