Gift Ideas for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults and Children

by happynutritionist

Gifts and resources to simplify and aid communication with friends and family members that we love who are deaf or hard of hearing.

I had a brother who was deaf and multiply-disabled due to an illness when he was a baby. Though he enjoyed having things that everyone else has, there were times when it was helpful to find things that are unique to his needs. Though my brother has recently passed, it is my life with him that inspired putting together this page.

I also have family members that are aging and their hearing is not at all what it used to be. I hope to share some ideas that may help you if you want to give a gift to a friend or family member who is deaf or hard of hearing. We also have toys and items for hard of hearing children.

by Claudia Meydrech a/k/a happynutritionist
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New on Wizzley September 2015 - Updated 10/26/16

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Using the Phone when Hard of Hearing

Lately I have had a difficult time having conversations with my dear Mom and thought perhaps her hearing aid was not working well. I went over for a visit, and found that the problem was not the hearing aid, but the volume on the phone. Most of the newer cordless phones as well as cell phones have a volume control that can be adjusted, which was the case with her phone.

But sometimes you need something more, this is when an amplified phone may come in handy.


Hearing Impaired ID Bracelet

Just in case of a medical emergency

Recently a neighbor fell in the bathroom and hit his head so that he was unconscious. When he came to, he was unable to speak for a little while. A problem like this would be compounded even more if the person were deaf, especially if found by someone who does not know him or her.

This is why a Hearing Impaired ID Bracelet would be a nice thing to give, whether as a gift or out of love and concern for the person who needs it.

Regular and Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

And Charger

Sitting on my windowsill in front of me as I type this is an unused 312 hearing aid battery from my Mom's last visit that I found on the floor after she went home.

I am keeping it so that I have a spare if she needs it and forgets hers the next time she visits.

The batteries themselves may not be something you would think of to give as a gift, but a portable pen sized charger and rechargeable hearing aid batteries may be the right gift to give for the practical person.

Hearing Amplifier Alternative to Hearing Aid?

A hearing amplifier costs hundreds of dollars less than a hearing aid, and may be adequate for some who are hard of hearing. I know that hearing aids are expensive because we have had to purchase them for my brother, and I've heard my Mom talk about how expensive hers are. The pair of Hearing Aid amplifiers pictured to the right are best sellers, and may be just what you or a loved one needs right now.

Best selling Hearing Amplifiers on Amazon

A set of two, one for each ear
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Complete Hearing Aid Cleaning Kit

After being in the ears day after day, a hearing aid will need cleaning as it is easy for wax to build up in the tube that goes into the ear.

This kit appears to have everything you would need to clean a hearing aid, and for some, it might be a nice practical gift.

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"Knowledge is love and light and vision".



Helen Keller was

Deaf & Blind from Birth



Encouraging Books for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss

Some 28 million people in America and 350 million people worldwide live with hearing loss. How do these people and their families cope? What are their experiences of pain, humor...

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Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy

One of the foremost authorities on the use of sign language with hearing children provides a guide for teachers and parents who want to introduce signing in hearing children's l...

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Share Ideas OR Tell Us About Yourself

If you or a loved one are hearing impaired, please share with us what gifts you have received that you have found helpful to you, or have enjoyed...or if not hearing impaired, gifts that you have given that have been appreciated by someone who is.

OR you can just say hello and tell us a bit about yourself and what it is like to have a hearing impaired family member, child, friend, or what it's like to be hearing impaired yourself.

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Toys for Deaf

and Hard of Hearing Children

Hearing impaired children enjoy the same toys as their "hearing" friends, but these are uniquely designed for children who have difficulty hearing.

There are MANY Sign Language Letters Toys

Many of them are educational, but fun too!

I was happy to see that there are so many options for the baby or toddler who is deaf.

As you go to links to look at any of these toys, which you can do with no obligation to buy, you will see other related toys.

There is Something that I Regret

One thing that I regret is that our family didn't learn more sign language together to help communicate with my brother. We knew some basics, but could have learned much more.

I did buy a book called "The Joy of Signing" that was very helpful in teaching me signs, that was before all the many resources on the internet were available. My brother and I were able to communicate in our own way.

Though it's not too late to learn sign, it is too late to communicate with my brother in sign. I'll look forward to our first real conversation in Heaven.

ASL Signing Book comes with Video CD

Part of the "for Dummies" Series
Signing for Dummies
$29.89  $15.0

Visit my page Devoted to the Barbie Sign Language Doll

Having a deaf family member made me more aware of toys for hard of hearing or deaf children like this ASL Barbie Doll.

100 Basic American Sign Language Signs on Video

I shared this video on the page linked to above because I liked it so much
Updated: 10/26/2016, happynutritionist
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happynutritionist on 12/02/2015

That is good...having had a deaf brother (he passed away in July) you would have though I'd know more, but we managed to communicate in our own way. He was also mentally disabled so his sign language was limited as well.

Veronica on 09/21/2015

I am qualified to only Level 1 British Sign Language ( BSL ) but even this is sufficient to communicate with people in need. I love it and I do think that Sign language should be taught in school as an additional language just the same as Spanish or French .

happynutritionist on 09/21/2015

@CruiseReady Yes, even knowing simply the alphabet can help a lot, thank you for your visit.

CruiseReady on 09/17/2015

What a great idea to share these suggestions. I remember learning ti sugn the alphabet, plus a few words and simple phrases when I was in my teens. It helped a lot to 'talk' with my deaf friend. But, I wish I had learned more.

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