As an audiologist, Dr. Booth does her best to research and understand the latest resources available to patients with hearing loss. Listed below are several websites, apps and services she frequently recommends. Many of these resources are free to those with hearing loss!
Just as a weak muscle needs exercise to become stronger, our brain needs exercises to re-learn how to process sounds with the help of our hearing aids. HearingSuccess.com offers listening exercises that allow the listener to control a speaker’s voice and levels of background noise. The site even offers musical listening exercises to help the brain re-learn how to enjoy music. Consider it rehabilitation for your listening skills!
Attending an important meeting or lecture and worried you might miss a critical piece of information? Consider the Otter app. It allows you to transcribe and record meeting notes in real-time. Dr. Booth found the app to be somewhat technical, but a valuable application in certain situations.
Dr. Booth recommends bookmarking this useful site for current news and information relating to hearing loss. It’s a great resource for helpful tips and insightful hearing health care information.
Patients with severe to profound hearing loss, especially those with cochlear implants, may benefit from this chat group. Consider it peer support for those living with profound hearing loss.
Captioning on Zoom calls can be especially helpful for those with hearing loss. To set up the captioning on Zoom, you need to be an admin with the privilege to edit the account and calls. Learn more here.
CaptionCall now has an app that allows you to have captioning on your mobile device while making a call. Give it a try and see how it works for you. Dr. Booth found the sound quality to be less than ideal, but the captioning was fairly accurate, so it may prove useful in certain situations.
Concerned about the noise level at a restaurant or business you’re planning to visit with family or friends? Plug the business name into a Google search and check out the map section. Google will reveal when the busiest days and times are so you can adjust your schedule to avoid them!
Assistive Alarm Clock Devices
If you’re having hard time waking up because you can’t hear your alarm, ask Dr. Booth about bed shakers or flashing alarms. Both are available for purchase through Hear in Arizona. Call Dr. Booth for more details: (928) 284-2116.
Northern Arizona Counsel of Government (NaCOG) Area Agency on Aging
NaCOG offers a variety of services and financial assistance for seniors in need.
Visit the NaCOG Area Agency on Aging website
or leave a message with a request at this number: 928-774-1895
Self-advocacy is needed, as the organization is not efficient in following up on requests.
Have you discovered an app or online resource that you feel others could benefit from? Please share it with us by leaving a comment on the Hear in Arizona Facebook page!