The Center for Hearing and Communication estimates that 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. This makes everyday activities like watching TV or talking with friends and family difficult. There are assistive technology options for someone with hearing loss and the hearing aid is usually the item most people think of. Hearing aids can be of great assistance but provide a barrier for some because of the price associated with purchase. An option that can be tried for some before making the decision to use a hearing aid could be a Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP)*.
PSAP’s come in many different sizes and shapes. Activities that are most beneficial to use a PSAP are ones that usually have one person speaking at a time to include a TV show or movie, one-on-one conversations, or a lecture or presentation. Below are examples of PSAP’s that are in IPAT’s demonstration centers and also available for rental. Contact IPAT to find out how you can try one of these devices.
*PSAP’s are not intended to take the place of a hearing aid, but for some it may provide assistance. Always consult with a doctor or hearing health care professional to identify any medically or surgically treatable causes of hearing loss.