Assistive Listening Devices
Benefits of ALDs
- Hearing a speaker from a distance. Sound fades over distance. The farther away the sound source, the more difficult it is to hear and understand what is being said.
- Dealing with noisy backgrounds. Competing noise is a distraction. When others are talking, or you’re dealing with ventilation systems, shuffling papers, TVs, traffic, etc. you can have trouble discerning speech.
- Poor acoustical environments. Sound waves bounce off hard surfaces, causing reverberation and distortion. Large, open spaces or sparsely furnished rooms are notoriously poor listening environments.
Assistive listening devices include a microphone, transmitter, receiver and listening attachment. The microphone is placed near the speaker and speech is broadcast from the transmitter to the receiver and directly to the user’s ear, hearing aid or cochlear implant. Most ALDs utilize wireless technology and are compatible with Bluetooth devices such as cellphones, computers and TVs.
Call Tucson ENT Audiology at (520) 777-0495 for more information or to schedule an appointment.