Door bells have come a long way from giant chimes on a rope in the days of old. And while the gong-like sound reverberating through the castle may have been felt by those hard of hearing, today we have technology that won’t set your teeth on edge every time a solicitor darkens your doorway. Selecting a doorbell for the hard of hearing should depend on the level of hearing loss and the needs of the rest of the household.
Most doorbells come with some level of volume control is typical with most doorbells, but it may not be loud enough for someone that is hard of hearing. Select a Door bell that has more than just 3-5 volume settings and look for a model that offers either a chime that sounds in several rooms of the home, as some wireless models offer, or with volume control specially made for the hard of hearing. Many door buzzer manufacturer’s will have decibel ratings to help you determine if a chime is loud enough for you.
Hearing loss is a little like vision loss, its not that its just all bad but that certain sounds are harder to hear than others. For example, perhaps a high pitched sound is easily heard, but bass it not, or the other way around. It may be that a programmable chime or one with several settings can help. Often a bass tone offers a bit of a vibrating effect, such as a car driving by with the base turned up. This adds a bit of “feeling” to the sound that can help to notify the hearing impaired that someone is at the door. It may be more beneficial to select a high pitched tone, but it is important to be mindful of others in the household including pets. A high pitched tone is more likely to be “grating” and can be upsetting or even uncomfortable for pets. If your dog barks at sirens then you may want to avoid this option. If you want people to come and visit, this may not be an option either.
LIGHTING OR FLASHING CHIMES
A doorbell that actually activates a flashing light can and often is the best option, and not just for the hearing impaired. If someone in the home is completely def, a different means of notification is very important, and a visual flashing light is often ideal. It will need to installed somewhere central to the home or have several places throughout the home that flash when the “doorbell” is triggered. Some other great times to select a flashing door chime is for a loud household or even office. New mothers or in home childcare will often tell you that it is after the baby has finally gone down for a nap that someone is ringing the doorbell. Consider installing a flashing light door bell to help keep all members of the house happy and well rested. Finally, some pets just lose it when they hear the doorbell. Although they will often quickly associate a flashing light with the doorbell, it is less intrusive to their world and they will have little to no reaction to visitors at the door.
Whether considering a louder of flashing door chime for the hearing impaired or for other reasons the selection is quite vast. It is worth investigating several models to find the proper doorbell for your needs. Doorbells for the hard of hearing can be very helpful as well as an important part of maintaining a normal lifestyle.