Doorbell for Hard of Hearing People
People with hearing difficulties find workarounds for hassles normal-hearing people can’t begin to imagine. Things like not being able to hear a whistling kettle on the hob until it sounds ready to launch a space probe or having to set the mobile alarm on the highest setting for the morning.
We had a customer call the other day and complain their delivery of Blue Angels hearing aids did not show up. When we called the courier company they told us they had called twice, and pressed the bell several times but no one came to the door.
That was the moment the penny dropped through the slot in our collective brain. Our hard-hearing customer had no way of knowing the courier was there if the door-chime was below their threshold. This got us wondering whether there are doorbells for hard of hearing people, and, hey bingo! we discovered there are solutions.
We Found Fresh Ideas in the Most Unlikely of Places
We stumbled on a post by the North Dakota School for the Deaf. It looks like a fun place and we recommend you visit it some time. It posed the question to its trick-or-treaters ‘How do people who have a hearing loss know someone is at the door?’
We decided it was a good question, and read on in hopes of discovering more about doorbells for deaf people. The first thing we learned is that regular doorbells are unsuitable for folk whose hearing loss is greater than moderate, especially if they are a little older.
Best Doorbell for Hard of Hearing People Does not Rely on Sound
We agree that sounds somewhat ‘Irish’, but you can’t catch a trout with a piece of cardboard. You need a lure that looks like a fly if you want to do that! By the same token, you can’t catch a person’s attention with a doorbell if they can’t hear it. You have to trigger another sense of perception.
Our five senses include sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Smell and taste are a long shot for a courier delivery service, so that really just leaves us with visual information, and tactile signals that would appeal to our sense of touch.
We hoped we were closer to a wireless doorbell for hard of hearing people when North Dakota School for the Deaf mentioned gadgets that make sounds, flash lights and cause vibrations.
More Doorbell Ideas for Hard of Hearing People
Doorbells that Talk to Your Phone
Arlo, Nest and Ring supply cloud-connected smart doorbells that talk to Android devices. Apps like Ring and HomePod also do something similar for iOS. It sounds like a great idea if we have the phone with us. But what happens if the battery runs flat?
Lights That Flash Around the House
We quite fancied the idea of a doorbell for hard of hearing people that flashed all the lights in the house when a caller rang the bell. There’s one that picks up the vibrations when somebody knocks at the door, too, however, the trick-and-treat brigade could drive us crazy after they cottoned on, so perhaps not.
Radio Doorbells That Relay Alerts
We figure much of the same would apply to loudspeakers giving off alerts everywhere we went in the house. In fact, they could drive us plumb crazy if there was a persistent person at the door. We were wondering if there really was a wireless doorbell for hard of hearing that would work for us. And then we heard about service dogs.
Could Service Dogs be the Best Doorbell for Hard of Hearing Folk?
This idea is not completely out of the field of play. In fact, North Dakota School for the Deaf mentions it at the end of their post. Apparently, some hard-hearing people have service dogs that help them answer doors, and become their companion when they are alone.
There are times when we think a dog nuzzling us when we are snoozing could be an improvement to lights and buzzers sounding all over the place. And we’d still have the option telling the animal to lie down until we finish our dream.
But a Pair of Blue Angels Hearing Aids Could Be the Game Changer
A pair of Blue Angels rechargeable hearing aids might be an even better solution. We could save on the cost of gadgets, electricians, and pet food for a one-off expense of $297.99 to $597.99 a pair, including delivery.
We could turn on our hearing aids after breakfast, and be ready to receive callers. And we should have far less disturbance at night, after we put our rechargeable Blue Angels hearing aids to bed in their convenient carry case.
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