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Devices to alert you

Devices to alert you

If you are deaf or having hearing loss, there are devices designed to alert you about different things around the home. Find out more about alerting devices and where to buy them.

Smoke alarm systems

It’s vital that you have a smoke alarm system fitted in your home that can alert you to potential danger. These systems don’t just rely on loud noise. They include sensory alerts designed for people with hearing loss, such as:

  • vibrating pads
  • vibrating pagers
  • flashing lights.

Read more about smoke alarm systems

Alarm clocks

Tailored bedside and portable alarm clocks normally include:

  • an extra loud alarm
  • a flashing light
  • and a vibrating pad you can put under your pillow.

If you use an alarm on your smartphone or tablet, you can also use a vibrating pad to alert you. This can connect to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth.

Prices range from £20 to £60 for those with more features.

Baby monitors

Specialised baby monitors can include a unit with a visual display that flashes to alert you. They may also have a built-in television camera. This allows you to see your baby on a display screen when in another room.

Prices range from £50 to £400 for more advanced models.

Some multi-alerting systems allow you to add a baby cry monitor. This connects to a vibrating pad to alert you if your baby starts crying.


You may find it difficult to hear the doorbell if it’s near the front door or in the hallway. There are three categories of doorbells for deaf people and those with hearing loss:

  • Extension bell or ringer
  • Wireless door chime
  • Wi-Fi doorbell

Read more about doorbells

Multi-alerting systems

These combine all your alerts – e.g. your doorbell and home phone – to notify one or more receiver devices.

When you get an alert, the portable receiver tells you by vibrating, flashing a light or with a loud alarm sound. Some systems also give you the option to receive alerts on your smartphone.

Prices start at around £30. Systems with more features may cost around £60.

How to get assistive devices

Get assistive devices from social services

You may be able to get assistive devices from your local social services. You are entitled to an assessment – contact your local social services to find out more.

Buy assistive devices

You can buy assistive devices from a range of suppliers online. One of these is Connevans, who specialise in equipment for deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus.

We work in partnership with Connevans to make sure you can buy all the assistive devices you need.

If you buy from the Connevans online shop, Connevans donates 10% of the purchase price to RNID, to support our vital work.

Visit the Connevans online shop

Get help paying for assistive devices

If you work

You may be able to get an Access to Work grant. This could help cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support you need to do your job.

Find out about Access to Work grants

If you’re in education

If you’re a student aged 16 or over, you may get help to cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support that you need for your studies.

Find out more about help in education

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Page last updated: 17 January 2022

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