Devices to help you use a mobile, landline or smartphone
If you are deaf or have hearing loss, there are devices and services to help you make the most of your mobile, landline or smartphone.
Devices for your mobile or smartphone
There are things you can do to make your mobile or smartphone easier to use. These include:
- using them with your hearing aid if you have one, so that you can hear calls, music and sounds better
- using the accessibility features available
- using other helpful devices with your mobile or smartphone.
Relay UK is a free service that helps people communicate over the phone. It helps deaf people, those who have hearing loss or are speech impaired have better conversations on the phone.
It’s available as an app for smartphones and other devices like laptops and tablets. It’s not available on mobile or landline phones.
Devices for your landline phone
There are things you can do to make your landline phone (either corded or cordless) easier to use at home or at work.
- adapting existing features on your landline phone
- using your landline phone with your hearing aid if you have one, so that you can hear calls better
- using an landline phone designed specifically for people with hearing loss
- using other helpful devices to make calls clearer.
Video conferencing apps
Our Head of Technology compared the usability of video conferencing apps for deaf people and those with hearing loss.
Devices to help make conversations clearer
There are assistive devices that can help you hear conversations, such as hearing loops and assistive listening devices
How to get assistive devices
Get assistive devices from social services
You may be able to get assistive devices from your local social services. You are entitled to an assessment – contact your local social services to find out more.
Buy assistive devices
You can buy assistive devices from a range of suppliers online. One of these is Connevans, who specialise in equipment for deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus.
We work in partnership with Connevans to make sure you can buy all the assistive devices you need.
If you buy from the Connevans online shop, Connevans donates 10% of the purchase price to RNID, to support our vital work.
Get help paying for assistive devices
If you work
You may be able to get an Access to Work grant. This could help cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support you need to do your job.
If you’re in education
If you’re a student aged 16 or over, you may get help to cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support that you need for your studies.
If you are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus and need free confidential and impartial information and support, contact RNID.
We’re open 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
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