Alerting systems

What are alerting systems and how can they help?

Alerting systems are used to alert people who are deaf, deafblind or hard-of-hearing to the fact that an alarm or bell is ringing.

They can be connected to door bells, fire alarms, baby monitors, telephone sockets for textphones and phones, or can be set to go off if a window is opened. The person can be alerted via a vibrating pager, a watch, a pad or by a flashing light.

What should I look for?

Some pagers have different vibrating patterns depending on what triggered them so if you have trouble seeing the visual indicator then this may help.

Some examples of alerting systems

Portable vibrating door chime | © Action on Hearing LossDoorbells

Various types of doorbells can alert a person when someone is at the door. One example is a portable vibrating door chime system. The receiver can be put in a pocket or clipped onto a belt so the vibration can be felt when someone rings the doorbell.

Lisa TX Smoke Alarm | © SarabecSmoke alarms

Wired or wireless smoke alarms are available. One example is an alarm which operates in the same way as a normal smoke detector. However it also has an integrated radio transmitter that can send a signal to a compatible vibrating receiver / pager.

Standard Vibrating Nightingale Baby monitor Connevans | © ConnevansBaby monitors

A broad range of baby monitors are available. Some have a vibrating box for under the pillow to wake you when the baby cries.

Alarm clocks

Sonic boom alarm clock | © Action for Deafness

Some alarm clocks have vibrating pads that slip under your pillow. When the alarm goes off the vibration wakes you. There are also tactile clocks that come with vibrating pads

Possible stockists

Some local authorities are able to assist with identifying and sourcing equipment, a social worker may be able to advise in this area.

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and Sense is not responsible for the content of external sites, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned.

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Action on Hearing Loss
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Clofield Ltd - Silent Alert System

First published: Tuesday 22 May 2012
Updated: Friday 23 January 2015