Basic Components

Every alerting system is different in the way that it is assembled and operates, but there is some consistency across all of them. For starters, every single system requires a main unit. This unit can be used as a standalone option, as it comes packaged with accessories to provide alerts to the doorbell, the phone, and serves as an alarm clock with a bed-side shaker. This comes in handy for those patients that do not sleep with their hearing aids in.

Once you have established the alerting system that you want and have purchased the main unit, you can then add additional parts to the system to make it more comprehensive. The two parts that can be added are transmitters and receivers. Transmitters are designed to identify a particular sound or alert, and then send a signal to the receiver(s) to broadcast that message via a more audible sound, the flashing of lights, or by shaking the bed. You can add additional receivers to your system as well, so that you are notified of alerts in various areas around the house, such as the kitchen and the bedroom.

One of the most important additions to any system is the fire alarm transmitter. As detailed in our Fire Facts section of this resource page, it is crucial for those with hearing loss to have a way to amplify the sound of the alarm so that they're able to react to the situation in a timely manner. 

For a comprehensive look at which transmitter options are available for each system, please see the chart below.

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Additionally, each system can incorporate multiple receivers so that the patient can be alerted in more than one place around the house. For a comprehensive look at what additional receiver options are available for each system, please see the chart below.

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