Old name, new purpose: why we’ve gone back to RNID


If you are deaf or have hearing loss, you may find it difficult to hear the doorbell if it’s near the front door or in the hallway. There are devices available that can help alert you when someone is at the door.

Types of doorbells

Extension bell or ringer

You can add an extension bell or ringer to your existing doorbell to make it louder. You can also add a flashing light to alert you. This may need to be installed by an electrician.

Wireless door chime

This is a type of doorbell that has a separate unit that will ring, flash or vibrate when someone pushes the doorbell outside. You can place this unit anywhere in your house.

Wi-Fi doorbell

This is a type of doorbell that tells you someone is at the door by sending a notification to your mobile. You control it through an app on your smartphone or tablet.

Multi-alerting system

This combines all your alerts – e.g. your doorbell and home phone – to notify one or more receiver devices. When you get an alert, the portable receiver lets you know by vibrating, flashing a light or a loud sound.

Price range

Prices for these devices range from £15 for simple models to £50 – £60 for more advanced types. You may need to pay for more accessories or for products or doorbells that have extra features.

You may be able to get help paying for technology from:

  • your local council’s sensory services team
  • your workplace, if you need technology to help you to work
  • the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) scheme, if you are in post-18 education.

Find out more about how to get help paying for technology.

Where you can buy doorbells

Our partner, Connevans, is a leading supplier of specialist products and assistive technology.

They can help you find out about the different doorbells and accessories that you might benefit from.

When you shop online at our dedicated website with Connevans, 10% of each purchase is donated to us.

Get support with assistive devices online

Find out about the different types of products you might benefit from if you have hearing loss – from smoke alarm systems to devices to help you enjoy entertainment.
Get support online

Get local support with products

We can help you get the products and equipment you need to manage your hearing loss or tinnitus effectively.
Find local support

Page last updated: 19 June 2023

Back to top