Life can sometimes be stressful when you have deafness, tinnitus or hearing loss, It’s important to recognise if you’re struggling to cope and find practical ways to help. To mark Stress Awareness Month we’re highlighting potentially stressful situations and suggesting stress-relieving products to reduce anxiety and give you a better quality of life.
Do you find your mobile phone frustrating?
A smartphone is supposed to make life easier but it can be a constant source of frustration if it’s not geared up for people with hearing loss. Do you struggle to hear when someone’s calling or strain to follow conversations? If so, an assistive phone could help reduce your stress levels. All our mobile phones are hearing aid-compatible, and have louder ringers and handsets than phones available on the high street. Standard phone packages are often unsuitable for people with hearing loss. That’s why we’ve teamed up with EE to design a deaf-friendly Pay As You Go SIM card package that comes with more data and fewer minutes.
Do you struggle to join in conversations?
Are you fed up with asking people to repeat themselves? If so, a conversation listener would make everyday situations less stressful – whether you're out and about, socialising with friends or attending a meeting. It makes speech clearer by reducing background noise, and you can tailor the sound to suit your needs using the tone and volume controls. Simply point the device in the direction of the sound you need to hear, and it will amplify the conversation and transfer it to your hearing aids, or ears, via your preferred listening option.
Do you find it difficult to unwind?
Zone out after a stressful day with a neckloop that lets you listen to your favourite music through your cochlear implants or hearing aids on the loop setting. It will cut out background noise so you can properly unwind with no distractions. Our neckloops come with a 3.5mm jack socket, so they easily can connect to your mobile phone and conversation listener as well as your music player.
Do you miss visitors or deliveries?
If you, or a loved one, are deaf or have hearing loss it can be a struggle to know when someone’s at the door. An assistive doorbell will offer total peace of mind. You’ll always know when you’ve a visitor or delivery, wherever you are in the house. 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.
Do you regularly oversleep?
Waking up on time can be stressful if you struggle to hear your alarm. That’s why our deaf-friendly alarm clocks have a choice of alerts. They flash, vibrate and ring loudly so there’s no chance of oversleeping. You can relax knowing that you’ll always be aware when it’s time to get up. Some alarm clocks have extra features like a USB port, so you can charge your mobile phone as you sleep. Not only will you wake refreshed, you’ll have a fully-charged phone ready for the day ahead.
Is tinnitus making you stressed?
Stress and anxiety can make tinnitus worse. Many people find that listening to soothing sounds (known as sound therapy) helps make tinnitus less noticeable by providing a welcome distraction. One of the most popular types of sound therapy is a tinnitus relaxer. There’s a variety of soothing sounds available, from pulsating white noise to birdsong and cosmic echoes. Experiment with different ones to find what works best for you.
Here are our recommended stress-relieving products to help you enjoy a better quality of life:
No more struggling to hear what the caller is saying or paying for minutes you don’t need with this deaf-friendly package that comprises an EE SIM card and smartphone with great accessibility features. The SIM card is specifically designed for people with hearing loss, offering more data, unlimited texts and fewer minutes.
• Ringer volume up to 90dB
• Increase handset volume up to 40dB
• Highest possible (T4/M4) hearing aid compatibility rating
• SOS assistance button for emergency contact.
Using the same technology as a digital hearing aid, the Sonido gives exceptional digital sound quality at the fraction of the price of other digital listeners. It’s suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing loss and amplifies conversations wherever you are, while reducing background noise.
• Works whether you have a hearing aid or not
• Listen to hearing loop systems though headphones or stethoset (just press the T button)
• Set the volume at different levels for each ear
• Tone and balance controls.
This amplified neckloop is ideal for listening to music and taking calls on the move. It’s so intuitive that if you’re listening to music on your mobile when you receive a call, it automatically pauses the music and then re-starts when you finish speaking. Suitable for people with up to severe hearing loss.
• Hearing aid and cochlear implant- compatible
• Only suitable for hearing aids that have a loop or ‘T’ setting
• Adjustable volume control
• Provides up to 30dB amplification.
This 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.
This clock has four alarm options and an extra-large, curved screen with digits that can be dimmed, so it’s very easy to read, even from a distance. It’s also fitted with a USB port to charge your smartphone or other devices. Watch the video.
• Loudness up to 90dB
• Choose alert from vibration, sound, flash or all three
• Set snooze from five to 60 minutes
• 12 and 24 hour display.
The S680 tinnitus relaxer uses sound therapy to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus and provide a welcome distraction. It has 24 pre-loaded sounds (including woodland, ocean and white noise), or there’s the option to have a customised mix sent by post.
• Higher quality sound than a CD
• 24 soothing sounds
• Create a customised mix
• Continuous play or auto shut-off in 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
Find out more
For full details about our stress-relieving products, please click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above, or visit the webshop to view our full range of products and technology. You can also contact our expert Customer Services team who will advise on the most suitable assistive products for you, or a loved one:
Telephone 03330 144 525
Textphone 03330 144 530
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.