Basic Devices for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects millions of people around the world every year. There are many devices to help us overcome minor hearing loss that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

Media Amplifiers

Media Amplifiers are systems or devices that amplify television or radio programs as well as an individual speaking in front of a group. Some examples:

  • TV amplifiers
  • Radio amplifiers
  • FM systems—wireless transmitting and receiving systems
  • Induction loop system—a thin cable encircling a room enabling the listener to receive the amplified signal from the transmitting source via the telephone switch on the hearing aid
  • Infrared systems—transmission of infrared light waves to receiving headset
  • Telephone decoder—transforms television dialogue into printed words

Personal Amplifiers

Personal Amplifiers are systems and devices that are worn by the individual. For example,

  • Tabletop amplifiers
  • Telephone amplifiers
  • Wearable amplifiers
  • Personal FM amplifiers
  • Induction Loop Systems
  • Infrared systems

Alerting Systems

Alerting Systems are visual or tactile devices that signal an event. For example, a flashing light might be used to indicated a ringing telephone.

Some types of alerting systems include:

  • Flashing lights
  • Vibrating indicators
  • Smoke/fire/gas alarms
  • Telephone ringers


  • TTY/TTDs are devices that use a keyboard to transmit, receive and display telephone calls. They are used with other TTDs.