A review of three vibrating alarm clocks

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Three Vibrating Alarm Clocks: the Sonic Traveller, Sonic Boom and Sonic Shaker

Previously, I’ve written a couple of reviews on vibrating watches and this month, Connevans was kind enough to provide me with some vibrating alarm clocks to review.

There are three in total, all made by Sonic Alert, an American company specialising in alerting systems; the Sonic Traveller, the Sonic Boom and the Sonic Shaker.

Want to know which is the best one?

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Vibrating Watches: A review of the Vibralite 3

A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of three vibrating watches comprising two from the Vibralite range along with the Amplicomms AW500.  Today, I’m reviewing another Vibralite watch which has been kindly provided by Connevans. (If you’re looking for a vibrating alarm clock then check out this review).

Vibralite 3 (circa £48)

The Vibralite 3 has a good range of functions including a dual alarm, hourly alert, an audible alert as well as a vibrating alert (or both), a stopwatch,  countdown timer, a second clock setting for travelling in different time zones and a backlight.  Continue reading Vibrating Watches: A review of the Vibralite 3

A review of the best hearing aid on the market

Phonak Audeo V90A couple of week’s ago I was fitted with some Phonak Audeo V90 RIC hearing aids. They’re thought by many to be the best hearing aid on the market and I thought that if I was going to take the plunge into buying some hearing aids privately, then I might as well try out the very best.

I’ve always wondered whether there was much of a difference between NHS aids and privately bought aids, and after two weeks, I can now tell you that there most definitely is!

Now some of this is no doubt down to the customer care I’ve received by going privately and the expertise of the audiologist doing the fitting and fine tuning, and I have to give credit where its due to Castle Hearing for this.

Anyway, I’ve been trialling the V90s for the past two weeks and here’s what I think. Continue reading A review of the best hearing aid on the market

Taking the plunge with the Phonak Audeo V90

Phonak Audeo V90

So I’ve finally gone and done it. After years of putting off, I’ve taken the first step towards buying my first hearing aid.

I’ve often wondered whether it would be worth the financial outlay and when I’ve asked NHS audiologists, I’ve been assured that NHS hearing aids are no different to those bought privately. But then again, when I’ve asked independent audiologists the same question, they’ve always said that privately bought aids are much better. I’ve therefore never quite known who to believe and in the end, have decided that I just need to try them out for myself and reach my own conclusions.

After doing a lot of reading and talking to people over the past few weeks, I’d drawn up a shortlist of two hearing aids I wanted to try and I then took the plunge and contacted an independent hearing aid dispenser.

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From hearing screening to hearables

Traditional hearing aidsLast week, the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) published the notes of its meeting on 19 November, 2015.

You’re probably thinking ‘so what’, but amongst the recommendations it made on screening for cervical cancer, bowel cancer and diabetes, they also made a recommendation in relation to screening for hearing loss in adults.  Continue reading From hearing screening to hearables

Vibrating watches: a review of three models

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L-R:- Vibralite mini, Vibralite 12, Amplicomms AW500

Following the comments I received about the best means of being woken up on a morning, today I’m reviewing three vibrating watches kindly provided by Connevans.  These include the Vibralite mini, the Vibralite 12 and the Amplicomms AW500.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a vibrating alarm clock then check out this review instead.  Continue reading Vibrating watches: a review of three models

The Phonak Roger Pen: A possible solution for those big meetings and workshops

A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop, (which was an excellent workshop by the way). However, there was a group session which involved working in pairs and with well over a dozen pairs of people in the room, it was obviously very noisy.  So noisy in fact, that I almost had to ask the person I was paired  with, if we could go outside of the room to talk.

I persevered and managed to catch about one word in ten, supplemented with a bit of lip reading. However, the noise amplified by my hearing aids was deafening. Continue reading The Phonak Roger Pen: A possible solution for those big meetings and workshops

Tips on managing phones 

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Our lives revolve around phones, especially mobile phones that are so useful for keeping in touch when you’re out of the office. However, they’re also the bugbear of anyone with a hearing problem, and are one of the first topics of conversation in a room full of deaf people.

My problem with phones began quite a few years ago when my left ear started failing. Continue reading Tips on managing phones 

Getting up and off to work

Unless you’ve got a really good internal body clock or you’re a naturally early riser, then you’re likely to need some means of being rudely awakened in the morning.  However, for those of us with hearing loss, there is of course an added complication – we often can’t hear the alarm going off!

Never fear.  There are a few solutions available to us.   Continue reading Getting up and off to work