Unlike the situation years ago, nowadays just about everyone with any type or degree of hearing loss can be helped with some kind of hearing assistive technology – whether it be hearing aids, cochlear implants or other implantable devices, hearing enhancement technology, apps, assistive listening devices, or captioning.

If you are told there is nothing you can do and you should just learn to live with hearing loss, get a second opinion.

Do You Have Questions About Hearing Assistive Technology?

Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss. However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT includes assistive listening systems (such as FM, hearing loop systems, and infrared), telecommunications products and services (such as captioned telephones and relay services) and alerting devices (such as alarm clocks, smoke-detectors, etc. that use loud audio alerts, vibrating receivers and/or flashing lights). There are also equipment distribution programs, state assistive technology programs and other helpful resources that are beneficial. 

The HLAA national office receives many inquiries about HAT. In response to this need, HLAA has created a new service called HAT HELP which is staffed by volunteersSupervised doctoral level audiology students from the University of Washington and Gallaudet University are now available to answer your technical assistance questions. Simply write to hat_help@hearingloss.org and they will provide an email response. 

Video Series: Hearing Assistive Technology

Learn about helpful technologies beyond hearing aids or cochlear implants by watching these videos:

Overview of personal assistive listening technology for people with hearing loss.

Large-area listening systems for places such as theaters, houses of worship and lecture halls.

Assistive listening devices for the phone.

Overview of alerting devices for people with hearing loss.

Captioning is being seen in more places and on more devices.

Workplace solutions for people with hearing loss.