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Personal Amplifiers for Hearing Loss

The Center for Hearing and Communication estimates that 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. This makes everyday activities like watching TV or talking with friends and family difficult. There are assistive technology options for someone with hearing loss and the hearing aid is usually the item most people think of. Hearing aids can be of great assistance but provide a barrier for some because of the price associated with purchase. An option that can be tried for some before making the decision to use a hearing aid could be a Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP)*.

PSAP’s come in many different sizes and shapes. Activities that are most beneficial to use a PSAP are ones that usually have one person speaking at a time to include a TV show or movie, one-on-one conversations, or a lecture or presentation. Below are examples of PSAP’s that are in IPAT’s demonstration centers and also available for rental. Contact IPAT to find out how you can try one of these devices.

Comfort Duett:







Bellman & Symfon Mino:







Williams Sound Pocketalker:








*PSAP’s are not intended to take the place of a hearing aid, but for some it may provide assistance. Always consult with a doctor or hearing health care professional to identify any medically or surgically treatable causes of hearing loss.

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5 Comments on “Personal Amplifiers for Hearing Loss”

  • Colette Mund, LSW February 22nd, 2013 6:07 pm

    I have an elderly client that cannot afford to pay for a hearing aide or an amplification device. She has no medical coverage in regards to either. Would IPAT cover the cost of a personal amplification device?

  • Editor February 25th, 2013 9:49 am

    Hi Colette, We have a couple of options for you to explore. The Assistive Senior Devices Distribution Service provides equipment to seniors to help them stay safe at home, more information here: http://ndipat.org/services/assistive-safety-devices-distribution-service
    Another possible option is Pedaling for Possibilities. This grant program provides assistive technology to those in need, here is the website: http://ndipat.org/pedaling-for-possibilities.

    To discuss this further you can always give us a call at 800-895-4728 or email ipat at crawls@ndipat.org

  • Rose winslet March 5th, 2013 7:22 am

    I’ve been trying for some time to get a hearing aid, and have finally resorted to raising money. So far this includes an account on a website for donations, but eventually I will most likely be involved in several at-home money making avenues, such as writing articles for websites or perhaps designing logos or just drawing things for people, and a part time job at least twice a week.

  • Editor March 5th, 2013 10:20 am

    Hi Rose. Are you a North Dakota or Moorhead, MN resident? If so, I would be happy to provide you with a few options to assist in the funding portion of a hearing aid. Feel free to call, 701-258-4728, or email, sweissman@ndipat.org for more information.

  • Alex Hedan March 20th, 2013 1:04 am

    Thanks Scott. I’m getting your point.These such a nice information about Hearing Loss and useful Hearing Aids and prices also. Good job

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