Gift Ideas for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults and Children
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.
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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
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
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.
~*~ Helen Keller Quote ~*~
"Knowledge is love and light and vision".
Helen Keller was
Deaf & Blind from Birth
Encouraging Books for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
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.
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
Visit my page Devoted to the Barbie Sign Language 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
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