Are you a new parent who is deaf or hard of hearing, and are on the look-out for a baby monitor? Search no further!
Here are some classic baby monitors that you can use if you are deaf or hard of hearing.
Please note that if you purchase a monitor from outside of your home country, make sure that your monitor frequency does not interfere with emergency services.
Sarabec MONA (from the U.K., but can work in the U.S.)
This baby monitor features a vibrating pad and video monitor. Because it is manufactured in the U.K., you will need to purchase plug adaptors if you are living in the U.S.
Sonic Alert Baby Cry Signaler
The Sonic Alert Baby Cry Signaler - if you experience complete deafness, this device needs a strobe attachment in order to properly function. It can simply be plugged into an outlet.
The Strobe Receiver - when then Cry Baby Signaler harnesses sound, the strobe light will flash. This is also compatible with the Sonic Alert’s telephone and doorbell notification hardware.
The Sonic Boom Alarm Clock - this device is compatible with the Baby Cry Signaler. The alarm works by switching on very strong vibrations that are located underneath the mattress, or it can flash the lights on a lamp that you plug into it.
The Summer Infant Babble Band
This is a band that is worn on your wrist. It does not have a video screen. You could get this and a traditional video monitor to use simultaneously. You can put on the band as you sleep or while the baby is napping, and then periodically check on the baby through the video.
Please note that the battery life only lasts for a maximum of 8 hours, so it might not be as reliable to use with a newborn. If you are comfortable without having a video monitor, this is a good way to receive vibration alerts that are also hands-free.
Smart Baby Monitors
Deaf and hard of hearing parents will need to rely on their smartphone, and the vibration alert setting. The iPhone’s third-party apps do not allow customized vibration patterns that are strong/extended. Here’s a list of smartphone-friendly options for deaf and hard of hearing parents. Note that the vibrations may not be as helpful to wake you from your sleep.
If you prefer not to sleep with your smartphone tucked underneath your pillow, you’ll probably want to use a vibration pad or light flasher.
This smart baby monitor can show sleep tracking and analytics if you choose their subscription model.
If you are a parent who wears hearing aids during the day time, but removes them at night, you probably worry about not being able to hear your baby crying at night. Unfortunately, the Cry Baby alert tone/vibration lasts briefly, which probably won’t walk a slumbering parent. If you have a FitBit, you can customize it to transfer the alert buzz to your FitBit. It’s a quick buzz that can be useful during the daytime, but probably won’t be useful during the night. This monitor can sense crying and motion.
This is similar to the Nanit, but more affordable. It also features a breathing monitor that is built into the system. It is mainly a monitor that is meant to wake a parent if the baby is crying.
This baby monitor features HD feed, and allows parents to pan the camera around in order to look at their child. If your WiFi stops working, the monitor will stop working, which could drain your smartphone battery.
Baby Monitor 3G App
This is an app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone. You will need an extra smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop which will continuously serve as a camera that monitors your baby. Your primary smartphone is the main unit that will vibrate in order to alert you. The interfacing will show the last time your baby made a noise. This is a great, and affordable, choice if you want to keep a monitor in your pocket while you travel.
All of these devices and apps are specially designed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. Our hearing instrument specialists will patiently work with you to make sure that you are getting the most out of your hearing aids.
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