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Here you can find many disability aids to promote independent living for the elderly,disabled or more senior person. Mobility aids such as a walking stick or cane, walker or wheelchair. Vision aids to make seeing easier, such as reading glasses and contact lenses (including disposable contact lenses) and disability equipment for those with hearing problems or who are deaf, such as digital hearing aids.

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Seeing Easier

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Elderly people are often 'conditioned' to expect a reduction in the clarity of their sight. If the sight fails, because this natural decay has been observed for so long, there can be acceptance rather than a conviction that things might be better. There is much up to date information available about what can be done for low vision. Elderly people can benefit from contact lenses and reading glasses as well as operations to correct low vision. More...

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Hearing Easier

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Many elderly people have problems hearing - but too few are provided with hearing aids and others are let down by old technology. Many who own a hearing aid and use it regularly still have problems hearing in social settings even when they wear their aids. Part of the problem is that people had been fitted with outdated analogue equipment that failed to solve their hearing difficulties. Hearing loss can have a major impact on quality of life, and can be linked to depression if people become isolated. Modern digital hearing aids can help so much with deafness. more...

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Moving Easier

Assistive Devices is a term used to cover a multitude of aids for the older person for use in and around a house and for extra mobility outside a house. They can be provided following an NHS assessment which will help to determine which equipment and adaptations are required to meet the older person's individual needs - be that walking aids, wheelchairs or simple grab rails. The assessment will also recommend the source of equipment/adaptations required. Installation of equipment and training in its use should be overseen by the Occupational Therapist. Many items can be purchased independently. More...









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 " About time ! I am very pleased to have found a web site that caters for both specialist and general needs as well as offering the product choices in the same place." Carolyn Godfrey


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Living with a Hearing Problem?

Did you know that around 500 million people world wide have a hearing loss? It's one of the most common conditions, yet one of the least understood. Many people still think that hearing aids are bulky, cumbersome and not particularly useful. But today's solutions are small, fully automatic (which means you don't have to fiddle with a volume control unless you prefer to) discreet and really effective. There are lots of people in the "less than perfect hearing club"-and most of them are delighted they did something about it. When they get used to the idea, and to wearing hearing aids, they often wonder how on earth they coped before, and why they didn't take action earlier.

There are many reasons why the hearing deteriorates. Loud explosions can cause permanent damage. So can certain diseases or violent trauma. Long term exposure to noise can also have a severely detrimental effect over time. But the main reason is the natural process of ageing. Hearing loss often creeps up on you quite slowly over the years until eventually you have to do something about it.

The first telltale sign is when you find yourself saying, "I can hear fine, I just don't understand what you're saying!" This happens more and more frequently-especially when you're in a group or in surroundings with background noise like a restaurant or a car. It's only when your friends or loved ones suggest that you might have a problem that you begin to take notice.

If you are having problems with your hearing, why not contact 21st Century Hearing Ltd. They are very experienced in helping the hard of hearing and can arrange a Free hearing test and consultation for you. You are under no obligation and the information given will help you towards making the right decision.
Telephone 0800 387607 or e-mail info@21stcenturyhearing.com

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Aids for hearing impaired people

Hearing aids
Hearing aid technology has improved markedly - particularly with the use of digital rather than analogue sound processing, which enables the sound to be adjusted more accurately, to suit both the listener's individual requirements, and the circumstances in which they are listening - on the phone, in a busy street, etc. Some digital aids adjust automatically to take account of different conditions.
Digital hearing aids are available in two main types - behind the ear, or BTE, where a mould sits inside your ear, connected to the main body of the aid which rests behind the ear; and in the ear, ITE, or in the ear canal, ITC, where the entire aid fits inside the ear.
People with very severe hearing loss or narrow ear canals may not be able to use these.
You can now buy disposable hearing aids, which fit right inside the ear canal, and are replaced when the battery runs out - about every 10 weeks. They come in fixed sizes, however, they don't suit everybody.

A domestic induction loop is a smaller scale version of the loop systems used in public spaces such as theatres and conference centres. A cable encircles the room, and is fed by a loop amplifier, which picks up the sound signal either by means of a microphone or by being directly connected to the sound source. A magnetic field is produced which corresponds to the sound produced, without the impact of the room's acoustic quirks or any other noise. Within the loop, a person can pick up this sound with their hearing aid switched to the 'T' setting. Domestic-scale induction loops are also available for use in cars.
A wireless alert system, right, comprises a wristwatch which alerts the wearer to various events, such as the ringing of a phone or doorbell, using patterns of vibration and symbols. Up to seven transmitters may be placed around the home to send information from different event sources.

Smoke alarm
A smoke alarm system combining the familiar smoke detector which is mounted on the ceiling, with a vibrating pad, flashing strobe light and control box. The pad and light respond to the smoke detector to give a vibrating and visual alert, as well as the usual audible warning.

A flashing light phone alert gives the option of a clearly visible flashing light and/or extra loud ring to signal an incoming phone call. It may be combined with a portable telephone amplifier to boost the volume of the call - used with ot without a hearing aid.

Alarm Clock
A neat alarm clock to place under the pillow - it vibrates to let you know when it's time to wake up. Models also have an audible alarm, and other features such as a back-lit screen, temperature display and 'snooze' feature.

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