Technology to help people who are hard of hearing has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. As a result, hearing aids have improved, and the level of development has been pleasing to see. Here are 4 technology-related tips to help make life easier.
Personal Finance Apps to Stay More Independent
There has been a growth in personal finance apps for UK citizens. By using a personal finance app, it’s possible to track your money better. Apps tailored for the UK market include Emma, Money Dashboard and Yolt. When using a finance app, it becomes less of a need to use instant messaging with your bank to get answers to a problem. These apps also sync with your UK bank information to look for stray bank charges and flag them up quickly.
When you’re trying to wrestle back control of your finances, then it’s good to ensure you have enough money available for emergencies. If you haven’t already saved up, then you might want to take out a loan to set aside some funds. This way, if you have a problem, there’s money ready to handle it. You can check on the SimplePersonalLoans home page to learn more about how they can help you.
Relay UK for Easier Phone Calls
Relay UK (formally known as Next Generation Text) continues to get better and be adopted by more companies to help when communicating with deaf people.
This page from BT shows how this communications provider uses the Relay technology through an app to facilitate its use. The process has been vastly simplified compared to previous versions of the Relay system, which may have put people off using it previously. If this is the case in your situation, it’s worth trying again.
Use Smart Lighting with Visual Alerts for Calls and Messages
While you may cast your eye over the notifications to see that you have received a new call or message, the audible alert won’t be heard. This is a problem for deaf people or those that can only hear sounds on a certain spectrum.
The advent of smart LED lighting is not just for hearing people; the Philips Hue lighting range with its Wi-Fi enabled features ups the stakes considerably. Using the Convo Light app, it’s possible not only to change the hue and turn on/off the lights, but it can be set to change the mood lighting whenever a new message or a phone call is received too. This is a great added feature for everyone.
Wi-Fi Enabled Smoke Detectors
Whereas regular smoke detectors or other devices for the home to protect from fires and chemical leakage only provide audible alerts and a small flashing light, this is insufficient for people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.
Fortunately, there’s an increasing number of Wi-Fi enabled devices for fire detection like the UltraFire Battery-powered Wi-Fi smoke alarm and Google Nest. With Nest, it is part of a smart home system that connects to your smartphone and can alert you about warnings.
It’s great to see that recent improvement in available technology is making safety, notifications, and communications ever easier for people in this community.
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