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Hearing devices

Hearing aids and implants

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

Hearables and wireless earbuds

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.

Portable loudspeakers

Speakers which can be easily placed near a listener

Amplified landline phones

Landline phones with increased volume, making them easier to hear.

Assisted listening

Wireless streaming

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).

TV streamers

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

Remote wireless microphones

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.

Personal sound amplifiers

Device which picks up and amplifies audio.

Loop/telecoil systems

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

Infrared systems

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

Telephone extension bells

Devices that alert you to an incoming phone call.


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

Alarm clocks

Devices which help you wake up.

Fire and safety alarms

Devices which alert you to dangers.

Baby monitors

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

Smart home systems

Internet connected devices which communicate with each other.

Sound event detection

Devices which notify you when specific sounds occur.

Text captions

Video conferencing

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

Smartphone/tablet-based speech-to-text

Apps which show live captions on smartphones and tablets.

Computer-based speech-to-text

Apps which show live captions on computers.

Content captioning

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

TV subtitles

Display captions for TV content.

Speech-to-text reporting

Live captions provided by human typists.

Relay UK and textphones

Remote interpreters that convert speech from telephone calls into text.

Theatre captioning

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

British Sign Language (BSL)

BSL remote interpreting

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

BSL translation for websites

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


Sound enrichment

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

Meditation and relaxation apps

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

Stress monitoring and wearables

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

Helpful technology

Remote controls

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

Apps for controlling hearing devices

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

Hearing device maintenance

Products which help with daily management of hearing devices.

Hearing device styles

Products which make your hearing device more personal to you.

Video calling

Enable visual communication through lip reading and signing.

Accessibility features

Software features available on computers, smartphones and tablets.

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