Time to Wake Up! Alarm Clocks for the Hearing Impaired

Trying to wake up from a deep sleep can be hard for practically anyone. This is especially true for those with varying degrees of hearing loss. Luckily, there are many options available to help rectify this issue to ensure that even the soundest of sleepers are able to wake up at their desired time.  This blog will look at bed shaker type alarms starting with an understanding of what bed shakers do and then delving deeper into the differences between wired and wireless versions of these products.

What are Bed Shakers?

Hearing a standard alarm clock can be a challenge for people with hearing loss. Specially designed alarm clocks for people who have hearing loss come in many forms, including those with bed shakers. These alarm clocks can operate by electricity or by batteries. Battery powered alarms can be useful when traveling.

Bed shakers (also seen as bed-shakers and bedshakers depending on source) are small disc shaped devices that are meant to be used either under a pillow or between the mattress and box spring. As the name implies, they are used to shake the bed to help awaken its occupant. It is connected either wirelessly or directly wired to a compatible alarm clock.  The alarm clock settings determine when (and often how strongly) the disc will start vibrating to help rouse a sleeper from a deep sleep. The vibrating discs can also be accompanied with high decibel sounds and/or some kind of flashing light/lamp. Even if someone is not hard of hearing these devices have the added benefit of making it harder to sleep through an alarm of pressing the snooze button.

Wired Bed Shaker Alarms

Obviously, the main difference between a wired and wireless bed shaker are the ways in which they are connected to the alarm clock device itself. Please note that even though the disc is wired to the clock that does not automatically mean that it is then wired to an outlet. Some of these clocks run off removable batteries but the disc is still wired to the clock itself.  Here are a few benefits for having a wired device.

Comes as one unit: Since the disc is connected to the clock there is only one unit/product to keep track of and they are always together.

Set location: Since the wires are a certain length, it may be easier to have a set routine in using them as they can only go in certain areas. This means that they will most likely always be in sight when near the bed.

Always within reach: Since the disc is wired to the clock there is little worry that it will move out of reach during the night or upon any movement created by shaking. If more than one pillow is used, or a pillow is often taken outside of the bedroom, it also makes it more difficult to accidentally move the disc outside of the sleeping zone.

An example of the wired disc bed shaker alarm clock is the Tactile Talking Clock with Bedshaker. This clock speaks the time and date in a male voice with adjustable volume. The clock face opens to reveal a tactile analog face. The time can be spoken on demand. It includes a wired pillow shaker. There are three different types of alarm combinations to choose from (vibration, audio, or both). It uses 2 AAA batteries which are not included. Being tactile this clock is also a good option for persons with vision loss as well.

Wireless Bed Shaker Alarms

Wireless devices are exactly that wireless. The main benefit these have over their wired counterparts is they can literally be used anywhere, so long as they have an adequate charge.

Convenience: No worry about accidentally pulling the cord (and thus disc) out from under the pillow or from between the mattress and box spring.

Mobility: Easy to travel with and take anywhere you go, even camping with an adequate charge.

Easy setup: Fast and easy to setup wherever you go without having extra cords hanging about.

Two examples of wireless bed shakers are:

AlarmDock Smartphone Dock with Bedshaker: Use your own smartphone and create an extra loud alarm clock with 100dB sound and/or a bedshaker. The docking station pairs with a personal smartphone and uses a wireless bedshaker and 100dB alarm to wake a hard sleeper or hard of hearing person. It uses a free iOS or Android app to manage alarms, timers, volume and tone control, flasher activation, and large clock read out. The wireless speaker can play music from the phone in clear, full sound.

TimeShaker Alarm Clock with Wireless Bedshaker: The TimeShaker™ BOOM alarm clock with bedshaker is a wonderful clock for the hard of hearing or the deep of sleeping. This alarm clock features a wireless bedshaker disc for placing under your pillow or between your mattress and box spring. The TimeShaker™ is loaded with features to help wake you up.

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