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      Our top 10 deaf-friendly doorbells

      Knowing when you have a delivery or visitor can be difficult if you have hearing loss. A deaf-friendly doorbell is the perfect solution. Here’s a roundup of what to consider when choosing a doorbell. Then find the best one for you with our top 10 recommendations.

      By: Sally Bromham | 23 January 2019

      Do you, or a loved one, sometimes miss visitors or deliveries because you can’t hear the door? A deaf-friendly doorbell will take the stress out of having people over. You can decide how you’re alerted to their arrival – by extra-loud alarm, high-intensity flashing light and/or powerful vibrations – depending on your level of hearing loss.

      Five reasons to choose a deaf-friendly doorbell

      1. It’s louder than standard doorbell and has a flashing light for when the door chime can’t be heard.
      2. There’s no wiring. Take it with you around the house.
      3. See the flashing light and hear the door chime almost anywhere in your home.
      4. With some products, it’s possible to add extra doorbells if you have more than one entrance.
      5. On certain models, you can buy additional receivers for other rooms

      How do they work?

      Doorbells designed for people who are deaf or have hearing loss come in two parts:

      (1) The outside button that visitors press.
      (2) The receiver unit that tells you when someone’s at the door. 

      There are several types of doorbell to choose from:

      • Portable doorbell: battery powered so you can take the receiver into the garden. Batteries last for about a year, depending on usage.
      • Plug-in doorbell: simply plug it into an electrical socket.
      • Combined doorbell and phone alert: notifies you to phone calls as well as visitors at the door.
      • All-in-one system: alerts you to the doorbell, intercom, phone, smoke alarm and/or baby monitor.

      What to consider when choosing a doorbell

      • If you have profound hearing loss, choose a doorbell that works with a vibrating pad for night time alerts.
      • Are you concerned about disturbing others with an extra-loud door chime? If so, look out for one with a flashing light that works with or without an amplified alert.
      • Are you happy to move the receiver round the house with you, or would you prefer to have two or three receivers you can put in different rooms?
      • Do you want to be alerted in the garden? If so, you’ll need a portable doorbell.
      • Would you prefer to not keep replacing batteries? Buy a plug-in doorbell, or one with a mains adapter, instead.
      • Do you just want to be alerted to the doorbell, or do you want to know when the phone’s ringing too?

      To help you find the best option to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget, we’ve selected our top 10 doorbells

      Honeywell Halo plug-in series 5 doorbell

      Suitable for all levels of hearing loss, this plug-in doorbell works without batteries. The wireless plug-in receiver and door push are ‘pre-linked’ so they work straight out of the box. It has a ‘secret knock’ feature which allows you to set specific melodies for different people.

      • Loudness up to 84dB
      • Operating range up to 150m
      • Choice of alerts – flash only, or flash and sound
      • Six melodies.

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      Honeywell Halo series 3 doorbell

      A294 Honeywell Halo flashing doorchimesThis doorbell has all the same features as the Honeywell Halo plug-in series 5 doorbell (above), but is battery powered.

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      Geemarc Amplicall 20 doorbell and telephone alerter

      T453 Amplicall 20

      This great-value doorbell doubles as a telephone alerter. It has an exceptionally loud audible alarm and bright, flashing strobe light. The optional vibrating pad accessory (available to purchase separately) is perfect for night time alerts.

      • Our loudest audible alarm, up to 95dB
      • Choice of alerts – sound only, flash only, or both together
      • Strobe light has a choice of five different flashes
      • Three sounds available for doorbell and phone.

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      EchoChime 300 doorbell

      A292 EchoChime300Never miss another visitor or delivery with this outstanding, wireless doorbell. It has 18 extra-loud melodies and a bright, flashing light. Thanks to the range of up to 300m, you don't need to wait by the door when you're expecting company.

      • Volume control dial
      • Water-resistant
      • Choice of alerts – sound only, flash only, or both together
      • Batteries included.

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      Portable flashing door chime

      A174 Door chime

      Carry this wireless, flashing doorbell with you around the house or garden thanks to a range of up to 100m. It’s very easy to use, and can be set to flash, chime or flash and chime together.

       

      • Loudness up to 79dB
      • Three melodies
      • Up to 23 flashes
      • Wall mountable.

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      YouSafe caller alert

      Not only does it flash, vibrate and ring loudly when someone’s at the door, this clever doorbell also shows visitors that you know they’ve arrived. It displays ‘I’m on my way’, to tell them that you’re coming. Watch the video.

      • Loudness up to 78Db
      • Operating range up to 120m
      • Choice of 26 melodies
      • Batteries supplied.

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      Bellman care home alert system

      B8039 Bellman Care Alert SystemThis ready-to-use system helps you stay in touch with family and friends by alerting you to the doorbell and phone. A transmitter and receiver are included, and you can add extra Bellman Visit alerts and accessories.

      • Up to 200m range
      • Includes a push button transmitter to use as a wireless doorbell
      • Flash receiver doesn't need to be placed near your front door
      • Doorbell can also be used as a person-to-person alerter, perfect for a care environment.

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      Geemarc Amplicall 16 doorbell

      Amplicall 16A great-value portable doorbell with an extremely loud ringer (the loudest in our range) and a camera-style flashing strobe light. It’s battery powered and recommended for people with up to profound hearing loss.

      • Loudness up to 95dB
      • Bright flashing strobe light with a choice of five different flashes
      • Easily recognisable 'ding-dong' chime sound
      • Operating range up to 30m.

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      Honeywell Halo Series 9 doorbell

      Honeywell Halo unboxedThis wireless doorbell has an extra-loud chime and built-in volume control. With a range of up to 200m, it carries well throughout the home and garden. The flashing strobe light is a great solution for when the doorbell can't be heard.

      • Loudness up to 90dB
      • Choice of alerts – flash only, or flash and sound
      • Eight melodies
      • ‘Do not disturb’ setting mutes doorbell for three, six, nine or 12 hours – or indefinitely.

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      Byron plug-in flashing doorbell

      A267 Plug-in flashing door chimeThis deaf-friendly plug-in doorbell has six amplified melodies and a powerful flashing light to tell you when someone’s at the door. The light flashes rapidly for up to 10 seconds after the doorbell is pressed.

      • Loudness up to 77dB
      • Choice of alerts – sound only, flash only, or both together
      • Six melodies
      • Operating range up to 100m.

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      Find out more
      For full details about our deaf-friendly doorbells click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above. Or, contact our Customer Services team for expert advice:
      Telephone 03330 144 525
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      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk
      Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

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