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Hearing devices

Prescription device worn in or behind the ear to amplify and enhance audio.

Device worn in the ear to play audio from a connected device. Many have extra features which can help people with hearing loss.

Device worn in or over the ears to play audio.

Speakers which can be easily placed near a listener

Landline phones with increased volume, making them easier to hear

Assisted listening

A family of technologies for sending clear audio from one device, such as a phone or computer, directly to a hearing device. Includes Bluetooth, Made For iPhone (MFi) and Android Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA).

Device that sends audio wirelessly from a TV to a hearing device.

Device worn or placed close to a talker which picks up clear speech and sends it directly to a hearing device or connected receiver. Also known as a radio aid, FM system or Roger Pen.

Device which picks up and amplifies audio.

A widely-used technology for transmitting clear audio directly to one or more hearing devices.

A technology for broadcasting clear audio to several listeners. Requires an infrared receiver.

A new technology for broadcasting clear audio to several hearing devices. Requires the latest generation of Bluetooth hardware.

Alerting and monitoring

Devices that alert you to an incoming phone call.

Devices that let you know that there’s someone at the door.

Devices which help you wake up.

Devices which alert you to dangers.

Devices which alert you when a baby is crying and let you observe them remotely.

Internet connected devices which communicate with each other.

Devices which notify you when specific sounds occur.

Text captions

Show captions during video calls, such as Zoom and Teams.

Apps which show live captions on smartphones and tablets.

Apps which show live captions on computers.

Tools that caption videos or audio to make them accessible when shared.

Display captions for TV content.

Live captions provided by human typists.

Remote interpreters that convert speech from telephone calls into text.

Method for making scripted performances available as captions. StageText is the best-known provider.

British Sign Language (BSL)

Systems which enable a conversation between someone who is speaking and someone who is signing using a video connection to an interpreter.

Systems and services which enable web content to be accessed by BSL users.


Devices, apps, and websites that make sounds which can help mask tinnitus or move attention away from it.

Apps which can help you to relax or focus the mind.

Apps and products, such as smart watches, which can monitor your body and detect when you get stressed.

Helpful technology

Handheld devices which let you adjust the settings of your hearing devices, such as volume and programme.

Smartphone apps which let you to adjust the settings of your hearing devices.

Products which help with daily management of hearing devices.

Products which make your hearing device more personal to you.

Enable visual communication through lip reading and signing.

Software features available on computers, smartphones and tablets.

Page last updated: 22 April 2024

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