For many of us, the holiday season is a time of giving. Shopping for a special friend or family member can be fun, but it can also be challenging! Do you opt for the practical gift that they can use? Or do you go for the gift option that’s more fun?
If you’re shopping for someone with hearing loss, here are 5 gift ideas you may want to consider.
5 Gift Ideas for Someone with Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can impact many areas of day to day life. This year, you can help make the life of your loved one with hearing loss a little bit easier with these practical gift ideas.
1.) Digital Doorbell
Doorbells tend to produce a sound or chime that is of a high-frequency. For someone with a high-frequency hearing loss, this can be difficult to hear. Digital doorbells help to bridge this gap. Features can include flashing signalers, smartphone integration, two-way communication and smart doorbells with video. The choice of digital doorbells for someone with a hearing loss is varied.
2.) Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by exposure to dangerous noise. It is a preventable hearing loss. Exposure to loud music through headphones is a common cause of NIHL.
Noise cancelling headphones can help protect your hearing and prevent further damage if you have a hearing loss. By reducing the levels of external background noise, listeners can enjoy their music at a lower volume.
3.) Bone Conduction Headphones
Conducting sound to your inner ear, primarily through the bones in your skull, is known as bone conduction. Specifically, it refers to sounds that are conducted as subtle vibrations along your skull bone, bypassing your outer and middle ear, and stimulating your inner ear directly.
Bone conduction headphones can be a good choice of headphones for someone who wears hearing aids. The headphones are able to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth or a wired connection.
4.) Alarm Clock
Sleeping through an alarm clock can be a big inconvenience. It can leave you late for work, and disrupt the schedule of your day. Now imagine having a hearing loss, and not even being able to hear the alarm clock!
As strange as it sounds, an alarm clock can be a great gift choice for someone with hearing loss. There are multiple types of alarm clocks available on the market that are ideal for the hearing impaired.
Vibrating alarm clocks can include features such as a vibrating pad that will shake the bed or pillow. A wake-up light alarm clock is another option to consider. This alarm clock stimulates the natural sunrise, leading to a more gentle wake up call.
5.) Better Hearing
1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 have a hearing loss. Yet despite how common it is, many people wait years before seeking help from a hearing professional. Treating a hearing loss has many positive benefits. If you suspect that a loved one is struggling with hearing loss, give them the gift of better hearing this holiday season.
If you’d like to book a complimentary hearing assessment for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch with the hearing care professionals at Family Audiology today. Call 607-323-4061 or click here to book a consultation with us online.