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      Our top 10 alarm clocks for hearing loss

      Waking up on time can be difficult if you have trouble hearing the alarm. There are many deaf-friendly alarm clocks available but which should you choose? We’ve selected our top 10 alarm clocks to help you find the right one to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget.

      By: Sally Bromham | 25 July 2019

      Standard alarm clocks are not very effective at waking heavy sleepers, or people who are deaf or have hearing loss. That’s why our deaf-friendly alarm clocks have a choice of alerts which you can use on their own or combined:

      They have an amplified alarm – Many of our clocks are louder than standard high-street models and come with adjustable volume and tone controls. They are suitable if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.

      They vibrate – Bedside alarm clocks have a vibrating pad that goes under your pillow or mattress. On travel alarm clocks, the whole clock vibrates and goes under your pillow. This type of alert is best for anyone with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss. It’s also ideal if you’re a heavy sleeper and sometimes miss an audible alarm.

      They flash – Most clocks also have a bright, flashing strobe light as an extra way to wake you.

      Here’s a round-up of the top 10 things to consider when buying an alarm clock for yourself or a loved one with hearing loss:

      1. How do you like to be woken?
      2. Is the alarm clock suitable for your level of hearing loss?
      3. Is the snooze function long enough for you?
      4. Do you need adjustable volume and tone control?
      5. Can you see the time clearly?
      6. Do you prefer an analogue or digital display?
      7. Would a night light be useful?
      8. Do you travel often?
      9. Do you want battery backup in case of a power cut?
      10. Would a USB port be handy to charge your mobile phone and other devices?

      To help you find the right one to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget, we’ve selected our top 10 alarm clocks:

      Bedside alarm clocks

      Wake ‘n’ Shake

      A177 Wake n Shake

      The Wake ‘n’ Shake is easy to use and has a large display screen. It wakes you with a flash, sound or vibration (using the vibrating pad supplied) and can also be used as a telephone ringer. This means you’ll be alerted to any incoming phone calls.

      • Four alarm options
      • Nine-minute snooze function
      • Adjustable volume and tone controls
      • Large LCD display.

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      Wake ‘n’ Shake Star

      Wake n shake

      Wake up how, and when, you want with a choice of alarm combinations to suit your hearing loss. Don’t worry about oversleeping thanks to the snooze button that can be set between five and 60 minutes. Suitable for up to profound hearing loss.

      • Loudness up to 95dB
      • Vibrating pad, with two strength settings
      • 12 ultra-bright LED lights will flash as a backup to the sounding alarm
      • Unique ‘mirror’ clock display with three brightness settings.

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      Wake ‘n’ Shake Curve

      Wake n shake curve 

      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 sound, flash, vibrating pad or all three
      • Set snooze from five to 60 minutes
      • 12 and 24 hour display.

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      Wake ‘n’ Shake Dynamite

      Suitable for those with up to severe hearing loss when switched to the highest volume. It will wake the deepest of sleepers and people with all levels of hearing loss when used with the vibrating pad, which has two strength settings. Watch the video.

      • Loudness up to 95dB
      • Choose alert from: vibration, sound, flash – or all three
      • Battery backup (not supplied)
      • Snooze button: five to 60 minutes.

       

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      Bellman Classic

      B1350 Bellman Classic alarm clock 

      The Bellman Classic plays a choice of alarm tones to suit different types of hearing loss and gets louder the longer it’s left on. For total peace of mind, use the powerful vibrating pad that goes under your pillow.

      • Loudness up to 100dB
      • Audible alarm gradually increases volume and changes tone as it rings
      • Alarm time always visible on the front of the clock
      • Nine-minute snooze reduces to two minutes after each press.

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      Bellman Pro

      B1370 Bellman Classic alarm clock Pro 

      This bestselling alarm clock has a range of clever features for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. As well as bright flashing lights and a vibrating pad that goes under your pillow, the amplified alarm gets louder the longer it’s left on. Watch the video.

      • Loudness up to 100dB
      • Nine-minute snooze function
      • Soft-blue nightlight
      • Battery backup.

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      Sonic Boom analogue alarm clock

      Sonic Boom analogue alarm clock 

      This analogue alarm clock is perfect for those who prefer a traditional clock face. It has adjustable volume and tone controls and comes with a vibrating pad to slip under your pillow. The alarm is easy to set, particularly as there’s no ‘am’ or ‘pm’ to worry about.

      • Loudness up to 80dB
      • Choice of vibrating and/or audible alarm
      • Vibration gradually increases over time for gentle wakening
      • Four-minute snooze function.

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      Signolux DS2 extra loud alarm clock

      Signolux DS2 extra loud alarm clock 2

      With an extra-loud alarm (up to 95dB) and flashing LED lights, the Signolux DS2 is sure to get you out of bed. The volume and tone controls let you adjust the sound to suit your hearing needs. If you’re a heavy sleeper, you can also add a vibrating pad (available separately) from the Signolux range.

      • Loud alarm up to 95dB maximum
      • Audible alarm volume and tone adjustment
      • Audible alarm only or flashing lights only

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      Travel alarm clocks

       

      TravelTim

      A264 Travel Tim

      This vibrating alarm clock is the perfect travel companion for holidays and business trips. The protective panel stops you accidentally pressing buttons when you’re asleep. Turn it into a bedside alarm clock with the vibrating pad accessory.

      • Loudness up to 73dB
      • Choose alert from vibration, sound, flash – or all three
      • Strap to fix alarm clock to your pillowcase
      • Eight-minute snooze function.

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      Sonic Shaker

      A254 Sonic Shaker Travel

      Another popular travel alarm clock is the super-compact Sonic Shaker which fits under the pillow. The strong vibrations will wake even the deepest of sleepers and the handy pillow strap means you don’t have to worry about it falling out while you’re asleep.

      • Loudness up to 80dB
      • Choose alert from vibration, sound or both
      • Four-minute snooze function
      • Comes with a protective travel case.

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      Find out more

      For full details about our alarm clocks for hearing loss, click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above. Or, contact our Customer Services team for expert advice:

      Telephone 03330 144 525
      Textphone 03330 144 530

      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk

      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.

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