Assistive listening devices – hospital

April 15, 2016

ASA Hopital

Many health facilities provide assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired people (e.g., personal amplifiers, telephones with built-in amplification, and television listening systems).

Personal amplifiers

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As their name implies, these devices amplify sound and transmit it directly to your ears. They are similar to a portable radio. Models may vary from one establishment to another.
Personal amplifiers can be useful if you do not have hearing aids or if you cannot use them. Simply ask.

Telephones with built-in amplification

C4220+These telephones are specially designed for hearing-impaired people. They amplify voices and ring tones, and let you control volume and tonality for comfortable, customized listening. The telephone receiver is often compatible with “T” position hearing aids (telecoil).

Television listening systems

Systeme_MF_SWING-DIGITALThese devices let you choose the television volume you want without disturbing other people in the room. A wireless microphone installed near the television picks up sound and transmits it to a receiver worn around the neck. The receiver lets you adjust the sound as you wish, without changing the sound coming from the television.

Four devices

For hearing aid wearers

2Direct audio input (DAI cable) linking the receiver from the hospital to behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.



3Magnetic loop worn around the neck, connected to the hospital’s receiver, using the telecoil (“T” position) of hearing aids.
4Profile, connected to the hospital’s receiver and worn with behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, using the telecoil (“T” position) of hearing aids. To know if your hearing aids are equipped with a telecoil, consult your audioprosthetist.

For people who do not wear hearing aids

Headphones or earphones connected to the hospital’s receiver.

Did you know?
There are a lot of assistive devices to help you hear the phone ringing or your partner’s voice. Some systems are compatible with hearing aids, others are not.For more information about these devices, where you can buy them, or how they work, consult an audiologist or an audioprosthetist.

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