Types of equipment
If you’re living with sight or hearing loss, there’s a wide range of products and equipment to help you. Some involve sophisticated technology but there are also some very simple solutions to everyday problems.
There are many products to help you at home, including enhanced lighting, talking gadgets, and aids to help you keep time, find and identify things, and to support your health and wellbeing. Some examples include:
- different types of magnifiers, from small handheld lenses to desktop video magnifiers
- special gloves, grips, handles and oven shelf guards that help to prevent spills and burns in the kitchen
- other kitchen equipment, such as liquid level indicators and talking microwaves
- talking clocks and alarms
- large button phones
- audio markers, tactile markers and raised bumps for labelling things like the controls on your washing machine and objects in your cupboards
- colour and light detectors to help you distinguish different colours and intensity of light
- text-to-speech devices such as DAISY players and USB players, screen readers and scanner reading machines
- talking blood pressure monitors and thermometers, pill organisers, eye drop dispensers, canes and mobility aids.
You could consider getting a smart speaker, which you can connect to a number of different devices to let you control them with your voice. They also let you access the internet using voice input and audio feedback. For more information, see our factsheet Technology to help you at home.
Combined hearing and sight loss