F. Alarm clocks and timers
There are a variety of alarm clocks available that are suitable for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. Again when deciding which to get, you need to consider what you want it to do – your partner might not be thrilled if you get an extra loud alarm clock if they usually get up after you. If your bedroom is particularly bright in the mornings then a flashing alarm clock may not be enough to wake you.
Many clocks have a choice of how you will be woken – i.e. you can choose the audible alert, the vibrating alert or the flashing alert, or a combination of 2 of these, or even all three!
With some clocks you may need to purchase extras to make it flash or vibrate – so it pays to shop around and see what’s available before you make a decision.
Wake ‘n’ Shake alarm clock
Multi-function analogue alarm clock
Sonic Boom bedside alarm clock
Shake-Awake portable vibrating alarm clock
1. You can obtain an alarm clock which is extra loud.
2. You can obtain an alarm clock with a flashing light.
3. You can obtain an alarm clock with a vibrating pad.
4. You can obtain an alarm clock with a flashing light and a vibrating pad.
5. You can obtain alarm clocks which work as part of a multi-alert system.
6. You can put an alarm clock on a tin box to make the ring louder.
7. You can obtain a wrist watch that vibrates when the alarm goes off.
8. You can obtain timers which flash and/or vibrate when the time is up.
If you feel you would benefit from any help about knowing when your alarm clock or timer is sounding, your first port of call should be your local Social Services who should be able to tell you what is available in your area. Clock on the following link to see the section on Obtaining Environmental Aids.