Buying a Christmas gift for Grandma, Grandpa or an elderly relative can be hard – especially if they’re hard of hearing or deaf.
But there are some inexpensive gift options for the hearing impaired that can help ensure that they remain safe – and independent. Some ideas starting at $25:
• Alert systems use flashing strobe lights to warn of fire, carbon monoxide or visitors.
• Wireless listening systems for either TV or music provide the hearing impaired with a comfortable volume in-ear so others aren’t disturbed.
• Two brands of emergency response phones now come with a pendant that can worn around the neck. Best of all, you can get this medical alert jewelry without a monthly subscription! Just program in a list of emergency contact phone numbers in your order of preference; Grandma’s neighbor, Grandpa’s assisted living facility manager, your elderly relative’s home care provider, or even 911. If Grandma falls, she simply pushes the button on the pendant and using speakerphone, she can talk to her emergency contact or 911. Your loved one can also answer and disconnect calls through the pendant! Look for the Geemarc Ampli600ER and the ClearSounds Talk 500ER.
A third emergency response phone called Freedomalert has a two-way speaker in the pendant. This provides extra assurance for those who might not remember to wear the pendant at all times. The person’s voice can often still activate the pendant.
To ensure you choose the perfect gift for your loved one, please visit http://www.Assist2Hear.com, where you’ll find over 250 products to improve the quality of life for the deaf and hearing impaired. Be sure to check out our learning center, where you’ll find articles and resources on hearing related topics and loop systems for both personal and commercial use.