National Deaf Awareness Month 2021: Technology To Improve Quality of Life

Living an everyday life with hearing loss or permanent deafness can be a challenge all on its own. With technology, we are working towards creating a world where hearing loss isn’t a big obstacle for anyone anymore.

Assistive Technology for the Deaf | National Deaf Awareness Month

Deaf Awareness Month is an initiative started by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). It corresponds with International Day of Sign Languages 2021 as well as International Week of the Deaf People. It was celebrated back in 1958, and the main goal is to bring awareness and raise advocacy for all people with hearing loss issues. Our objective at Bellman & Symfon to support those with hearing loss and deafness is to produce high-quality products to meet everyday needs. From assistive listening devices to hearing amplifiers, we have the tools needed.

The Visit Smart Home system was explicitly designed by Bellman & Symfon with hearing loss in mind.  The Visit Smart Home system ensures the deaf and hard of hearing notice all the critical signals in the home, such as the doorbell, the phone ringing, or even something as serious as the smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.  The alert system is designed to offer the deaf community peace of mind.

The Visit Smart Home system features transmitters and receivers working together.  The transmitters help detect signals such as ringing a doorbell, telephone, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide alarm. Then the transmitter wirelessly connects to a receiver device such as flashes, loud sounds, shakers, and vibrations. The Pager Receiver can be programmed to emit different colored lights for additional transmitters.

The Push Button Transmitter works as a wireless doorbell.  When someone presses the button, it signals the receiver that alerts the deaf or hard of hearing person with sounds, lights, or vibrations. It can also be used as a personal call button.

The Pager Receiver alerts with vibrations and colored lights when a transmitter is activated. It is small, lightweight, and can be carried in your pocket or on your belt.  During the night, you can connect a Bed Shaker to the charger accessory.

Hearing Loss Advocate

Don’t be afraid to have a candid conversation with friends and family about your struggle with hearing loss and how they can help. Or, if you have family or friends with hearing loss, ask them what you can do to make their lives easier! Two simple tips to assist are including captions on all videos and be more expressive while talking. It’s the little things that can make all the difference.

Pick up some basic ASL

Learning just a few of the most common American Sign Language signs can go a long way for communicating with the hearing impaired and non-verbal. There are tons of great apps you can use to pick up new signs on the fly. The deaf community is the largest single minority group in the entire country, and they do NOT get the representation they deserve. Learning how to best communicate with everyone you meet is good for the community – especially the deaf community.

Please visit our website to learn more about all the assistive listening and alerting devices for the hard of hearing and deaf that we have to offer.