Assistive Listening Technology Service
Here at the NDA we like to think of assistive technology as the means of moving from OK hearing to living with the fullest most vibrant sound your hearing will allow. Hearing music, TV, telephones, or in the theatre can be difficult or unsatisfactory, even with the latest most advanced aids. That is why we sometimes need additional equipment to put us in control.
How Assistive Listening Technology helps
Today's digital hearing aids provide accurate and natural sounding hearing for most people and are programmed to help you hear speech in normal conversation, even in quite challenging environments. However, there are still times when you might struggle to hear the TV or phone as clearly as you would like, which is when additional assistive devices could be of help. Typical areas of hearing difficulty are:
- Listening to TV
- Listening to Telephone
- Listening in meetings
- Listening to music
- Listening to mobile devices
Hearing Loss and Safety
If you are not wearing your hearing aids, at night or at other times, you need devices that will wake you up if needed and keep safe. Flashing lights or pillow vibrators are indispensible for such devices as:
- Fire alarms
- Alarm clocks
- Phone ring indicators.
The NDA holds an advice and support Clinic every Thursday morning between 10:00am to 1.00pm at our 120 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RT.
We also visit the ACT Centre in Aylsham and the Independent Living Centre in Gorleston with our Mobile Clinic. The Mobile Clinic is equiped with a loop and a telephone line simulator to enable you to try phones with your hearing aids.
Click here to for our Mobile Clinc Timetable
The clinics aim to help you try and select equipment to help you in your daily lives. Equipment is available to help with day-to-day living, with social life, with work life and with safety of those with hearing loss.
The importance of the service in today's economic climate is that equipment must be purchased privately. Assistive technology can be very expensive and seem more complicated than it really is. The help we offer you in selecting the correct equipment can be crucial. Experienced staff and volunteers at the clinics offer free advice and help you to try out equipment such as phones, loops, personal listeners and alerting devices.
Please bring your hearing aid booklet or card with you or or hospital referral form if you have one. You do not need these to obtain advice but it may help us understand the settings on your hearing aids and how best to advise you.
Please note that the NDA do not sell equipment, nor can we supply equipment free of charge. However, we can provide you an opportunity to try some items and provide information about how to place orders with Sarabec, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) or Connevans, the three main suppliers of devices for people with hearing loss.
Placing an order
If you wish to make a purchase, the volunteer can assist by helping you to complete an order form, ensuring that you claim VAT relief on your purchase if you qualify. We currently work with three suppliers who are:
- Action on Hearing Loss (AHL – formerly RNID). This is the Solutions catalogue