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.

Sight loss

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.

You can get more information about the different types of equipment from the RNIB and the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Combined hearing and sight loss

Many people are affected by both sight and hearing loss in later life.  Contact Deafblind UK or Sense for more information about products and equipment that could help you.

Next steps

For more information about equipment and aids to help with sight loss, contact the RNIB. You can also get useful information from the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Contact Deafblind UK or Sense for more help with living with combined sight and hearing loss.

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