Choosing Doorbells for the Hearing Impaired & ElderlyJason Warren
Doorbells have come a long way since the days of giant chimes on a rope. 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 loud doorbell for the hard of hearing should depend on the level of hearing loss and the needs of the rest of the household.
Doorbells with Volume Control are Ideal
Most doorbells come with some level of volume control, but it may not be a loud enough doorbell for someone that is hearing impaired. Select a doorbell that has more than just 3-5 volume settings. Look for a model that offers either a chime that sounds in several rooms of the home or a device with volume control specially designed for those who are hearing impaired or elderly. Many door buzzer manufacturers will have decibel ratings to help you determine if a chime is loud enough for your needs.
Loud Doorbell for the Hearing Impaired & Elderly
Another device for the hearing impaired and elderly is a doorbell that is particularly loud. These doorbells are set to chime more loudly than other doorbells and might even give extended sounds. This gives those who are hard of hearing more time to hear the noise. Another option with these doorbells is to make it a very loud and annoying noise. This might not be appealing to the people who can hear in the home, but it definitely gets the attention of those who cannot hear the smaller sounds.
Choose Programmable Doorbells for the Hearing Impaired & Elderly
For those who are hearing impaired or elderly with hearing impairment, certain sounds are harder to hear than others. For example, perhaps a high-pitched sound is easily heard, but bass it not. It may be that a programmable doorbell for the elderly and hearing impaired or one with several settings can help remedy this issue.
Often, a bass tone offers a bit of a vibrating effect, such as a car driving by with the bass 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 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 Doorbells & Chimes Help the Elderly & Hearing Impaired
A hearing impaired doorbell strobe light that actually activates a flashing light can be (and often is) the best option, and not just for the hearing impaired. If someone in the home is completely deaf, a visual flashing light is often an ideal type of doorbell. It will need to be installed somewhere central to the home, or have several places throughout the home that flash when the doorbell is triggered.
You can choose particular lights that are wired to the doorbell, or you can wire all the lights to the doorbell. The lights that are wired to the button should begin to flicker when the doorbell is pushed. You can decide on the frequency and type of light change. Some people prefer to have the lights get brighter while others like to have the lights flash down and then back up. Either way, it allows you to know the doorbell is being rung without having to hear it at all.
A hearing impaired doorbell strobe light can come in handy even when outside of deaf households, such as in places that are very loud and in a quiet office. New mothers or childcare workers will often tell you that a loud doorbell is a sleeping baby’s worst friend. Consider installing a flashing light doorbell 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’ll often quickly associate a flashing light with the doorbell, it’s less intrusive to their world and they’ll have little to no reaction to visitors at the door.
Whether considering a louder or 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. Browse our selection of hearing impaired alerts and notifications.
Want to see an example?
Here’s a down-and-dirty video we took the other day for a customer to show them an example of the flashing on our DC-1000 Long Range Chime with Flasher.
Frequency Matching for the Hard of Hearing
Most people who are hard of hearing can hear better at certain frequencies. Newer technologies allow doctors to test for what frequencies people can hear and what ones they cannot. You can then wire the doorbell to chime at an audible frequency. Typically, people lose the hearing in the high range and the low range, so finding something a bit more middle of the road works best. This also keeps you from having to amp up the total volume of the doorbell in order to accommodate the person who is hard of hearing.
Wireless doorbells for the hearing impaired have multiple uses. The vibration choice might be nice for a place that thrives on being quieter. The flashing light system might be preferable if you have a baby who might be sleeping when someone comes to the door. Finding alternative ways to send an alert when someone is at the door is not limited to those who cannot hear very well. All in all, the systems really work and will continue to advance as new technology is developed.
Vibrating Door Chimes for the Hard of Hearing
There are not a ton of options when it comes to hearing impaired devices that vibrate, but the newer systems have found a way to integrate it. The wireless doorbells for the hearing impaired systems can come with a key-chain that can be carried in your pocket. When the doorbell is pushed, the device vibrates. It has been designed to work much like a cell phone. As everyone has gotten used to answering various noises and vibrations, this portable device is the perfect solution for those who are hard of hearing. 1800Doorbell also offers a Good Vibrations Kit that provides you with a full home solution.