Symmetry Solutions offers access to different types of equipment for office or daily living.
Appropriate technology enables Deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in the workplace and community.
Adaptive technology is available for purchase or rent at competitive prices to both individuals and companies. Symmetry Solutions will work with you to help evaluate your needs. Customers have the opportunity to try the equipment at home or at work before purchasing.
➤ FM Systems
➤ Receiver Amplifiers
➤ ALERTING PRODUCTS
➤ Wireless and Portable DEVICES
Frequency modulation (FM) systems are miniature radio stations operating on special frequencies. The personal FM system consists of a transmitter microphone used by the speaker and a receiver used by you. The receiver transmits the sound to your ears or straight to your hearing aid.
FM systems are useful in classrooms, restaurants, meetings, nursing homes and a variety of other situations. FM systems can also be built into the sound system at theaters, places of worship, museums, public meeting places, corporate conference rooms, convention centers and other large gathering areas for gathering.
Example: Motiva Personal FM System 330
Description: Wall-mounted strobe light, which plugs into a wall socket, includes a battery backup (9 volt).
Target Consumer: Deaf, hard of hearing
Ideal Setting: Anywhere
Receiver amplifiers are devices that amplify the speaker’s voice so that hard-of-hearing people can hear them more easily. The user plugs the amplifier into the existing telephone base and current handset.
Example: Walker W-10 Receiver Amplifier
Description: DeW10-00 allows the user to amplify the receiver volume 3 times higher than normal (up to 20dB) using their current unamplified handset. It is compatible with electronic or standard phones, is portable and has adjustable volume control.
Target Consumer: Hard of hearing job seekers, who have useful residual hearing, when wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with telecoils.
Ideal Setting: Quiet environment or private room. Not suitable to an open-plan office.
Alerting products use different methods to let a Deaf and hard of hearing person know about important sounds, such as a smoke alarm, telephone ringing or a door opening. A strobe light or vibration device is activated or a signal is sent to a pager-style receiver.
For example, alerting smoke detectors are an excellent choice for offices, warehouses and public spaces such as auditoriums and theatres.
Example: Gentex Photoelectric Smoke Alarm 710LS-W
Description: The portable alarm has a 9-foot line cord that lets you instantly equip any room with a 177 candela visual and 90 decibel audible signal. Upon activation, the alarm will emit the audible signal and activate the high intensity strobe, flashing 60 times per minute. This unit can be wall-mounted using a wall socket and includes a battery backup.
Target Consumer: Deaf, hard of hearing.
Ideal Setting: Residential and commercial buildings, including homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, etc.
Tablet computers can be used by Deaf and hard-of-hearing job seekers and employees for communications purposes using specialized apps.
Examples: Dragon Remote Microphone, Evernote, Skype or Virtual Voice
Description: Downloadable apps helps Deaf and hard of hearing users communicate with members of the hearing public.
Target Consumer: Deaf and hard of hearing people in the workplace and the community who want to communicate with hearing people who don’t know American Sign Language or when access to interpreters is not available.
Ideal Setting: Anywhere.
Example: Asus Nexus 7
Description: A tablet, running Google’s Android operating system, on which apps* can be installed to facilitate communication. Users can connect to any wireless network and the device can be paired, via Bluetooth, to cell phones with internet access.
Target Consumer: Tech-savvy Deaf and hard of hearing employees and job seekers who use mobile communication devices in their work and personal lives.
Ideal setting: Anywhere and everywhere mobile devices can be used. Access to a wifi connection is required for email and internet use. Some apps require connection to function.
Telephones designed specifically for Deaf or hard-of-hearing job seekers and employees to amplify the other party’s voice and improve clarity or tone. Another alternative is a VCO (Voice Carry Over) phone, which displays text when the other party speaks, yet allows the hard of hearing person to speak, which is similar to a tty to hearing call.
Example: Clarity Logic Phone XL40D
Description: The Clarity Professional XL40D™ corded telephone, featuring Digital Clarity Power™ technology, improves conversation by making words not only louder, but also clearer and easier to understand. With up to 50 decibels of amplification, the XL40D™ is ideal for those with a severe hearing loss or low vision.
Target Consumer: Hard of hearing users, who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants with telecoils. The phone amplifies both voices, so there is no need to raise your voice when talking on this phone.
Ideal Setting: Offices, private spaces.
Example: Ameriphone Dialogue VCO Phone
Description: A telephone with a text screen, which allows the Deaf or hard of hearing user to read the words spoken by the other person. This device requires a dedicated land line and a Relay Service account, such as Telus Relay Service.
Target Consumer: Hard of hearing users who can speak clearly, but are not able to understand conversation on the phone.
Ideal Setting: Offices, studios, residences.
Wireless and Portable Devices
There are many wireless and portable devices, such as neckloops, that can be carried and set up easily to assist hard of hearing people in a variety of situations.
Example: ClearSounds CLA7v2 Amplified Neckloop Headset
Description: Neckloop creates an induction field around the user’s head, which sends signals to their hearing aid, cochlear implant, BaHa, etc via the telecoil (t-switch) and connects to audio devices such as cell phones and audio devices.
Target Consumer: Hard of hearing job seekers wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with telecoils.
Ideal Setting: Anywhere. Also useful as a hands-free device for talking on the phone.
Example: Portable InfoLoop
Description: Portable unit useful for 1:1 and small group conversations, job interviews, office environments and public reception areas.
Target Consumer: Job seekers and customers who are Deaf or hard of hearing, who use hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with t-coils.
Ideal Setting: Public reception areas, banks, offices, small conference rooms and small vehicles.