Answering a knock on the door or responding to a doorbell are two things that most of us take for granted—not giving our ability to respond to them a second thought. But for the hearing impaired, these simple actions are not so simple at all. With no adaptive technology in place, greeting friends at the front door, accepting a package from the mail man , UPS or FedEx delivery driver, or even responding to an emergency first responder when an evacuation might be eminent due to a natural disaster –all these things become problematic.
There are many options to choose from in adaptive technology that can alert the hearing impaired to that knock at the front door. Most involve augmenting existing doorbell systems. These products range from low end plug in devices to more expensive remote and wireless units. We’ll have a look at just a few of the possible options here.
Best Door Bells for the Hearing Impaired
The Heath Zenith SL-6144-A Wireless Plug-In Door Chime Kit with Flashing Light perfect for
hearing impaired is one of the most popular of the plug-in models. This doorbell augmentation features a strobe door chime with flashing light and chime sound makes it ideal for not only the hearing impaired by also noisy environments. The door chime can be set to flash only or chime and flash when the outer doorbell button is pressed. There are additional options to the chime mode including an 8 note Westminster or two note melodies. The unit has an effective transmission range of 100 feet between receiver and doorbell button, and also boasts adjustable volume control
. This is a mid range price model, with a MFSRP of around $50.
The Honeywell RCWL105A1003/N Plug-in Wireless Door Chime and Push Button is another
plug in model on the lower end of the price range. This basic but serviceable unit retails for under $20 and features Chime/push-button doorbell with wireless, plug-in power supply, 3 chime settings and flashing light with audio alert indicators, and 16 codes available to prevent interference from other users. The unit is easy to install—effortlessly plugging into any standard wall outlet and comes with a one year warranty. It has an effective operating range of 100 feet. This door chime ships with RCWL105A door chime plug-in unit, push button, battery, warranty card, and manual.
The Honeywell RCWL330A1000/N P4-Premium Portable Wireless Door Chime and Push Button is another high end option by the same manufacturer. This unit is portable, wireless in operation but battery operated instead of plug and go. The device works
with up to six (6) push buttons, motion detectors or door contacts for added security and convenience. This door chime features six (6) chime tunes, fully adjustable volume and six (6) visual alert icons including a flashing light notification. The innovative self learning code system automatically adjusts to eliminate interference. This Honeywell model has an impressive 450-ft operating range and was recently featured online for under $50.
The NuTone LA204WH Wireless Plug-In Door Chime with Built-In Strobe Light, Receiver and
Button, White Finish is a higher end option from the inventor of the door chime recently retailing for about $80 online. This versatile model installs in minutes, and the user can choose from three unit options, a plug in strobe, a portable battery operated model and a wireless model---all of which are compatible with one another. Each model option features adjustable codes to avoid interference from neighbor’s wireless chimes and plug has an effective operating range of 150 feet. LA532RW and LA533WH portable and wireless units have an unobstructed operational distance of 300-Feet. Nutone also has a mid range option in the Nutone Strobe Door Chime which features a strobe/chime receiver which plugs conveniently into any AC outlet. The 10 second flashing strobe light works in concert with all the audible
tone selections. The Audible chime includes an 8-note, 2-note or 1-note options. The unit comes with a wireless transmitter
, a push button and 12 volt alkaline type A23 or MN21 button battery. The push button can be wall mounted or may even be used as a paging device by carrying it in your pocket. This Nutone model has a 100 ft operating range and an impressive 54 code variation to prevent crossing signals with other nearby Nutone receivers.
lower price range option is the Door Bell LED
Flasher Wireless by Polytron. Selling for under $20 and with an effective range of 100ft this basic unit has a high intensity LED display with LED flasher alert. The unit can be operated either with flasher only or with the combination sound and flasher.
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The Sonic Alert DB100 Wireless Doorbell Signaler is singular for its ability to work with or
without an existing doorbell system and is compatible with most intercom systems. This model consisting of a sensor, receiver and lamp plug inserts into an existing standard telephone jack and operates wirelessly. For hearing members of the household it has an audible chime, for the hearing impaired Built-in lamp outlet-just plug a lamp into the unit to provide the flash notification. The unit boasts different flash patterns to differentiate from front door, back door and intercom, and will work with up to two additional transmitters to provide coverage for up to three entrances to your home. The Sonic Alert is UL listed and comes with a five year manufacturer’s warranty. This model recently was found with a retail price
of just under $100 for the three piece unit.
Whether you have an existing doorbell system that needs to be made disability friendly or wish to install a completely new system, these are just a few of many options in adaptive door bell chimes for the hearing impaired available in the marketplace. Many more models can be found in a quick internet search. The internet is ideal for comparison shopping of prices and features available. You can then either order online from retailers like Amazon or locate the product in a store near you.