Hearing aids alone are sometimes not the complete answer for people with hearing loss. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) may enable you to clear additional hurdles you encounter daily and add to the benefit your hearing aids can provide. ALDs are other options to help you while using the telephone, watching television, attending meetings or religious services, and conversing in difficult listening situations such as restaurants or automobiles. In addition, alerting devices which include smoke detectors, doorbell signaling devices, alarm clocks, and baby crying indicators, etc., are also available.
FM systems work to enhance hearing in difficult listening environments such as in background noise or listening at a distance, and their portability makes them especially effective for those whose speech understanding ability even in optimal environments is compromised. Common uses include car trips, meetings, restaurants, religious services, and in the classroom. New Bluetooth enabled FM systems are also excellent for cell phone use.