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Introduction

Alerting Devices for the Deaf or those with Hearing Impairments, are Assistive Devices that connect with door bells, telephones, alarm systems and other devices, to let a person know that some condition is occurring, such as a smoke alarm, door bell ringing or baby crying. These alarming devices add a specific alarm based on one's disability, such as a door bell that blinks a light instead of a noise to indicate that someone is at the door. These Alerting Devices can include, but are not limited to:

  • Specially designed phones
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Doorbell alerts
  • Hearing Dogs

These Alert Devices above, mostly utilize innovative alerting technology to inform deaf or hearing impaired individuals of phone calls, visitors, and emergency situations such as a fire or dangerous carbon monoxide levels within the home. This alerting technology includes Flashing Lights; Vibration or Extra Loud Alarms.

The availability of these Alerting Devices is increasing thanks to various Organizations and Companies such as Edit Microsystems who have made concerted efforts to make sure that this equipment is easily available for persons with disabilities or impairments in South Africa.

Edit Microsystems: Edit Microsystems (Pty) Ltd is an award-winning company that is devoted to finding alternative and state-of-the-art technical solutions to improve curriculum delivery in educational institutions and effective communication inEdit Microsystems business with a focus on high-speed functional connectivity and on-going support. They have a proud tradition of innovation and are on the cutting edge of technological advances in education. Many of their products are designed to enhance interactivity in a classroom or lecture theatre. Edit Microsystems are also a leader in finding and providing specially adapted hardware and software for Learners with Special Educational Needs throughout South Africa.

Edit Microsystems can be contacted on: 086 111 3973 and have their Head Office in Cape Town at: 13 Boy De Goede Circle, Table View, 7441. They also have an online shop and branches in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng.
To contact these other branches or find out more about Edit Microsystems and the products they supply, visit their web site at: www.editmicro.co.za
 or email them at: info@editmicro.co.za.

In the page below we will discuss a wide variety of these Alerting Devices that are available to purchase in South Africa from companies and organizations such as Edit Microsystems. Please read the article below to find out more about them and click on the links provided to contact the companies to get a quote or purchase the product.

Alarm Clock and Telephone Alerting Devices

The ability to hear a telephone ring will depend on a number of factors such as the severity of the hearing loss, the frequency of the telephone ring and the distance from the telephone to the person. If the individual does not respond to the sound of the typical telephone ring, there are telephone ringers available which have adjustable volume, pitch, and ring patterns. Very often, a lower pitch ring can make it easier to hear. If the hearing loss is severe, there are devices that will cause a light to flash, a body worn unit to vibrate, or a bed-shaker to vibrate when sleeping. Most amplified telephones have options for volume, pitch and pattern as well as a small flashing light to indicate the phone ringing. Different types of Alarm Clock and Telephone Alerting Devices are available to purchase in South Africa from companies and organizations such as Edit Microsystems, they include:

HomeAware Telephone Ring Signal System With Bed Shaker Package: This signal system makes things much easier for you by offering both a dual alarm clock and alert system for your landline telephone calls. All you have to do is connect yourHomeAware Telephone Ring Signaler With Bed Shaker Package telephone to the signal system. The HomeAware is able to alert you to your alarm clock or telephone, it warns you by way of a flashing strobe, bed shaker, and 105 dB alert. The HomeAware will show who exactly is trying to reach you on caller ID and a two inch, easy to read display. Designed for the deaf and hard of hearing, it is designed to show important alerts that keep you safe. The signaler can also alert you to babies crying, doorbells, mobile phone calls, text messages, emails, dogs barking, and much more. Additional accessories include the HomeAware Deluxe Remote Receiver, the HomeAware Basic Receiver, the Smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) detection transmitters, the Baby Cry monitoring transmitter, the SonicBridge, and the HomeAware smartphone application.

Features Include:

• Flashing strobe with scrolling alert messages on a bright red large, two-inch display
• Powerful bed shaker and adjustable alarm up to 105 dB
• Dual alarm clock with alarm and snooze duration
• Compatible with all traditional and new HomeAware receivers
• Monitoring of low batteries and broken links between the main unit and transmitters
• Caller ID for landline and video phone calls
• Range up to 1,000 feet! Extendable range with additional receivers
• USB plug charges your cell phone while you sleep
• Full battery backup

These products are available to be purchase from companies such as Edit Microsytems, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Doorbell, Knock and Intercom Alerting Devices

There are a variety of different types of Doorbell, Knock and Intercom Alerting Devices that can assist you if the doorbell, a knock on the door or intercom cannot be easily heard. These include various wireless extra loud doorbells that are currently on the market. The doorbell is installed outside the door of the house or apartment and the receiver (bell) is plugged in to an electrical outlet located inside the home. Additional receivers can be added as required.

Other units that are available will cause a remote receiver to either make a sound, flash a strobe light or lamp when the doorbell is pushed. In addition, some units can be made to operate with the type of intercom system often found in apartments. When the intercom buzzer is pushed at the main door of an apartment building, the sensor inside the apartment will “hear” the sound and send a signal to receivers. Generally, these types of doorbells are part of a complete alerting system and are usually wireless making installation easy. Another type of device is one that is attached to the inside of the door and will respond to someone knocking by flashing a light. This type of device is best used in a small apartment or hotel room. Some of these Intercom; Door Bell and KnockSenso Door Alerting Devices are available to purchase in South Africa from companies and organizations such as Edit Microsystems, they include:

Senso Door: The Senso Door works as a door bell and has advanced functionality, it sends signals to a receiver of a hearing impaired person. It has an integrated LED light indicator of doorbell activation and a large size button area, to facilitate use by people with limited mobility of fingers. It is protected against raindrops and water splashing, so it can be mounted out of doors
Specifications include:

  • Operates from battery or AC 220V
  • 100 m reception radius
  • In a box: Senso Door transmitter; Battery and Operating instructions, Quick guide (DK, SW, FIN, EN)

These products are available to be purchase from companies such as Edit Microsytems, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alerting Devices

There are two options for smoke and carbon monoxide safety. Both options can be used as part of a complete alerting system and are usually wireless making installation easy.

The first would be to make existing traditional smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors accessible by installing a sound monitoring device mounted close to the detector(s). When the detector alarm goes off, the sound monitor “hears” the sound and then sends a signal to a receiver in order to signal a bed shaker or flash a strobe light or lamp. The second option is to use specific smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. These detectors send a signal to a receiver in order to signal a bed shaker or flash a strobe light or lamp. Different types of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are available to purchase in South Africa from companies and organizations such as Edit Microsystems, they include:

HomeAware Smoke/CO Sound Transmitter: The HomeAware Smoke/CO Sound Transmitter is ideal if you have trouble hearing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Through the HomeAware main unit and remote receivers, this soundHomeAware Smoke/CO Sound Transmitter transmitter will detect a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sound and send a signal. Following that, the red LED light will start flashing. Should it detect a loud smoke detector sound that meets the T3 standard used for smoke detectors, the word “SMOKE” will be displayed on your HomeAware main unit. Alternatively, if it detects a loud sound from a carbon monoxide (CO) detector meeting the T4 standard, “CO” will display on your HomeAware main unit.

“ALERT” will scroll across your HomeAware main unit should it detect a loud sound not meeting the T3 or T4 standard. The sensitivity of the “ALERT” can be controlled via a back switch. You can choose from three levels, which include the HI setting that alerts you to more sounds and is most sensitive, the MED setting, which alerts you to less sound and is less sensitive, and the LO setting that is least sensitive of all. Should you not be able to pick up the sound you wish to be alerted to, move the sensitivity to a setting higher. You can also attempt to move the transmitter closer to the source sound.

These products are available to be purchase from companies such as Edit Microsytems, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Alarm Clock, Timer and Watch

There are many alarm clocks and timers available with adjustable volume and pitch, flashing light, or vibration.

There are both electrical powered and battery powered alarm clocks. Some alarms clocks are part of a complete alerting system. Generally, the electrically powered clocks are louder, a lamp can be plugged into them and tend to have stronger vibration. However, battery powered alarms can be useful when traveling.

There are small timers available that use sound, flashing light, or vibration as an alert. These are good for cooking or as a medication reminder.

There are several wrist watches available that use vibration as an alarm, on the hour alert, medication reminder or countdown timer.

Complete Alerting Systems

There are many complete alerting systems on the market today and it is important to understand how they operate.

There is usually a base unit that has its own outlets in which you can plug in a lamp and a bed shaker. The electrical outlet of this self-contained base unit would normally be dead but becomes live (turned on) when the alarm condition occurs. For example, a base unit that also doubles as an alarm clock has both an outlet for a lamp and an outlet for a bed shaker. The lamp that is plugged into the unit should remain on and is switched on and off by the use of a switch on the base unit, and not on the lamp itself. When the base unit is triggered by either receiving a signal from a transmitter such as a doorbell, baby cry signaler or simply by the use of an alarm for waking, the lamp will flash, bed shaker will shake, or the unit will emit a sound in a specific pattern according to the condition. On some systems the lights will flash, or can be adjusted to flash in different patterns so that you can easily tell the difference between one condition and another. While other systems show on their base unit, indicator lights that will let you know exactly what the condition is. If a lamp is used for alerting, it can be used for regular lighting as well and will flash regardless if the light appears on or off.

A few points of interests: some systems use their own special lamps or strobe lights, while others require the use of the individual’s own lamps.

Some units communicate with each other by using radio transmission, while others communicate with a remote device by sending a signal over the existing electrical wiring .When using alerting devises, each transmitter and receiver should be made by the same manufacturer to ensure compatibility. Various types of Complete Alerting Systems are available to purchase in South Africa from companies and organizations such as Edit Microsystems, they include:

Bellman Visit 868 Paging System for Hearing Impaired and Deaf: The Bellman Visit 868 is a customizable system of transmitters and receivers designed to allow someone with a hearing impairment to be alerted to various events in their home, such as a doorbell,smoke alarm or even a baby crying. The Bellman Visit 868 System consists of a number of radio transmitters and receivers. The transmitters detect different events in the surrounding area and transmit a radio signal to the receivers. The receivers pick up this signal and provide indications using light, sound and/or vibration. Instead of lugging round several different flashing and vibrating receivers for each alert, the Bellman system will alert you to everything, via one simple device that you choose.Bellman Visit 868 Paging System for Hearing Impaired and Deaf

Choice of Receivers: The receiver is the method of alerting the user, various types of receivers are available.

  • Flash Receiver – for indoor use, attracts attention with a flashing light, light signal, and also by vibration if a Bellman Bed-shaker (accessory) is connected.
  • Portable Receiver – for indoor use, attracts attention user using sound, light and also vibration if a Bellman Bed-shaker (accessory) is connected.
  • Portable Audio Receiver – for indoor use, attracts attention using sound and light.
  • Pager – for indoor use, attracts attention using light and vibrations.  Connects to a Charger, charging for up to 8 hours, and can connect to a Bellman Bed-shaker (accessory).
    Alarm Clock – for indoor use, attracts attention using sound and light signals and also vibration if a Bellman Bed-shaker (accessory) is connected.
  • Portable Flash Receiver – for indoor use, attracts attention with a flashing light, light signal, and also by vibration if a  Bellman Bed Shaker (accessory) is connected.
  • Wrist Receiver and Charger – for indoor use, attracts attention using light and vibrations.
  • Guard Receiver -The Guard Receiver is the central unit in a Smoke Alarm System. The Guard receiver works like a normal receiver and provides indications using flashing lights, LEDs and vibration. In addition, it monitors whether there are faults or problems with the vibrator, radio contact with the smoke alarms or whether the batteries are becoming flat. If there is a fault, the Guard Receiver will give a warning.

Choice of Transmitters:

  • Door Transmitter – recognises the sound emitted by a doorbell.
  • Pushbutton Transmitter -for indoor use and outdoor use in sheltered locations, transmits signals to the receiverswhen the Pushbutton is pressed.
  • Telephone Transmitter – for indoor use, recognises ring signals from an analogue telephone system via a plug, which is inserted into the telephone socket. In addition to using the telephone input, the telephone transmitter can also operate as a multifunction transmitter, either via a pushbutton or via 2 connectors for an external trigger. All inputs can be detected separately and transmit different signal patterns to the receivers in the Bellman Visit 868 system depending on which has activated thetelephone transmitter. There is a range of options for connecting the telephone transmitter to various applications.
  • Smoke Alarm – for indoor use, detects smoke and heat. Most effective as part of the Fire Alarm System.
  • Baby Cry Transmitter – for indoor use, recognises the sound from a crying baby.
  • Repeater -for indoor use, receives a radio signal from a transmitter in the Bellman Visit 868 System and transmits this radio signal to the receivers in the system.
  • Bridge – for indoor use and operates as an interpreter, which conveys radio signals between the Bellman Visit and Bellman Visit 868 systems.
  • Smoke Alarm Transmitter – indoor use, detects smoke. When smoke is detected, the Smoke Alarm will transmit a fire alarm signal to all Bellman Visit 868 receivers which are within its range.

A Bellman Visit 868 Fire Alarm System consists of:

  • 1 Bellman Visit 868 Guard Receiver BE1465.
  • 1 Bellman Bed Shaker BE1270.
  • 1 Bellman Visit 868 Smoke Alarm BE1480 (a maximum of 8 can be used).

These products are available to be purchase from companies such as Edit Microsytems, contact them if you would like to assess your venue, or to receive a quote.

Hearing Dogs

A Hearing Dog or Alert Dog is an Assistance Animal which assists persons who are Deaf or those who have Hearing Impairments by alerting them to important sounds, such as doorbells, smoke alarms, ringing telephones, or alarm clocks. Hearing Dogs can replace the need for other Alerting Devices used in the home and may also work outside the home, alerting their handler to sounds such as sirens, forklifts and a person calling the handler's name.

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