Washington State University

Department of Psychology and College of Nursing

Hearing Devices


 Telephones



Keywords: captioned phone, speech-to-text

Price: $$$

Additional Information: May require professional installation. Apps are available. Some insurance companies provide coverage.




Keywords: visual ring indicator, phone ring light

Price: $ - $$

Additional Information: Some come equipped with amplifiers. Others are portable.




 Signal Devices



Keywords: signaler, light alert, vibrating alert

Price: $ - $$

Additional Information: Light and/or vibrating types are available.




Keywords: fire alarm strobe light

Price: $$$

Additional Information: Electrical wiring is required.




 Amplifiers



Keywords: pocket talker; handheld amplifier

Price: $ - $$

Additional Information: Many of these phones can also be made louder through amplification.




Keywords: TV ears; direct TV listening system

Price: $$$ - $$$$

Additional Information: Can be connected to a TV, infrared, or radio systems. Some are compatible with t-coil.




Keywords: personal FM system

Price: $$$$




Keywords: t-coil ear hook, inductive amplifier

Price: $

Additional Information: Compatible only with t-coil hearing aids.




Keywords: neck loop; t-coil neck loop

Price: $ - $$$

Additional Information: Compatible only with t-coil hearing aids. Many have noise filtering capabilities.




 Audio Playback



Keywords: audio recorder; voice recorder

Price: $

Additional Information: Apps available on phones and computers.




Keywords: smart pen

Price: $$ - $$$$

Additional Information: Comes with software to store and replay written and audio information.




Price Guide 
$ $$ $$$ $$$$
$5-$50 $51-$100 $101-$200 $201+