Audiology | Assistive Devices

Audiology: Assistive Devices

Assistive devices provide benefit to all people, and enhanced benefit to people with hearing loss. These devices can be used alone or in conjunction with hearing aids, cochlear implants and other devices to enhance quality of life. Assistive devices are designed for all levels of hearing loss and a variety of listening situations. All of the following products are available at Trinity, plus many more:

Amplified Alarm Clock

Amplified alarm clocks have adjustable volumes and can produce a louder alarm than typical alarm clocks.

Vibrating Alarm Clock

This alarm clock has a portion that can be placed under your pillow to vibrate instead of producing an audible alarm.

Vibrating Alarm Watch

A vibrating wrist watch can be set to vibrate and flash as an alarm.

Alerting Systems

These systems can be hooked up to a doorbell, telephone or alarm clock to cause a lamp or strobe light to flash when the doorbell, telephone, alarm clock sounds. Adapters can be attached for baby monitors as well.

Amplified Telephones

Amplified telephones are typically available with adjustable volume controls and can produce a louder output than most telephones. North Dakota has state-funded programs that may assist in providing amplified telephones to individuals who need them.

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD)

Telephone system that allows the individual to type messages back and forth instead of talking and listening. North Dakota has state-funded programs that may assist in providing amplified telephones to individuals who need them.

Telecommunications Relay Services

This is a telephone system where a special operator types what is being said so the person with hearing loss can read the words on his or her TTY/TDD display. The individual with hearing loss can type their message back and the Relay operator will read this aloud. To find the relay operator’s service number for your area go to

FM Systems

An FM system is typically used in the school system to improve the audibility of the teacher’s voice in a classroom for the child with hearing loss. The system consists of a microphone the teacher wears and a receiver the child wears. There are specific receivers that go with each amplification device. FM recommendations are made by the audiologist to ensure compatibility between the receivers and transmitters. FM systems can be used at any age and in any situation where the individual with hearing loss wishes to hear speech better over competing background noise.

Personal Sound Amplifier (PSAP)

The FDA classifies PSAPs as small electronic sound amplifiers, not intended to make up for impaired hearing. Instead, they are intended for non-hearing-impaired consumers to amplify sounds in their environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities.

TV Listening Systems

TV listening systems allow the user to listen to the TV at a volume that is comfortable without disturbing anyone else. They consist of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter connects to the TV and transmits wirelessly to the receiver worn by the listener. There are different types of Bluetooth, infrared, loop and radio frequency technologies available.


Hearables or smart headphones are technically advanced, electronic in-ear-devices designed for multiple purposes ranging from wireless transmission to communication objectives, medical monitoring and fitness tracking.

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Laura E. Greer Au.D

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Jerrica Maxson Au.D

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Tricia Nechodom Au.D

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