In addition to hearing aids, there is a range of additional technologies that are designed to support hearing.
These technologies are referred to as assistive listening devices (ALDs) which enhance hearing capacity through direct sound amplification. ALDs work in combination with hearing aids to deliver optimal sound quality in both public and private settings. There are various types of ALDs including hearing loop systems, alerting systems, as well as an array of hearing aid accessories like directional microphones.
Assistive listening devices can benefit hearing aid wearers in a variety of settings. ALDs expand the technologies and resources that are available for people with hearing loss, increasing accessibility. Having direct access to sound in all the environments one navigates creates seamless listening experiences. ALDs help separate speech from background noise across multiple settings which provide clearer sound, minimizing the impact of poor acoustics in certain environments and the impact of distance between the person and source of the sound. These technologies support hearing aid wearers in communicating and navigating different spaces and conversations with greater ease and comfort.