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Give the Gift of Hearing

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Here's an interesting gift idea that keeps on giving throughout the year, improving the quality of life for someone with a hearing loss. Consider giving the latest technologies in hearing aids and ALDs (assistive listening devices).

Answer the call for better hearing on the phone with an amplified telephone designed to be used with or without standard hearing aids. Available in standard and cordless styles, amplified phones clarify speech for better understanding and increase sounds beyond even the loudest settings of normal phone volumes.

Help the person on your list hear better on any telephone, anywhere they go. Portable telephone amplifiers help turn any telephone - a pay phone at the movies, the phone at a friend's house, or a phone in a hotel room, etc. into an amplified telephone. Look for one that can be used with both cordless and standard telephones. It straps over the earpiece of the telephone and adjusts the volume to an individual's needs.

For TV viewers; movie, concert and theater goers; and sports fans: infrared listening systems transmit sound to a headset via invisible infrared light directly to the headset, allowing them to set the volume to a level that's loud enough for them, without disturbing others. These systems can be used at home while watching television, and thousands of accessible public facilities are now equipped with the technology as well.

A great gift for even the soundest sleeper, ALD Alarm Clocks emit a very loud signal or alert the person through other sensory cues. You can rest assured they won't sleep through this alarm clock. The person can select from a combination of wake-up alarms, including frequency selectable alarm, flashing lights, and/or bed-shaking vibrations. Some offer a built-in outlet that allows you to connect a lamp to the clock, so when the alarm goes off, the light starts to flash. And for those who prefer a nudge in the morning, some ALD Alarm Clocks offer a bed shaker to place between the mattress and box spring. Plug it into the clock, and they'll feel the bed shaking when it's time to wake up.

To purchase any of the above gift ideas, you must visit a Hearing Care Professional. Although some retail stores might carry products that look similar, these devices are not hearing aid compatible and do not provide adequate amplification for someone with a hearing loss. Only true ALDs are created with the hearing impaired person's needs in mind. For more information on the above gift ideas, check out www.siemens-hearing.com.

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