by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady wrote:
I thought if anyone had an idea for this problem it would be you. My husband who is hard of hearing receives calls during the night from work on his cell phone which does not ring loud enough to wake him up. Any ideas on any alert systems that work for cell phone? He uses a Sonic Alert alarm clock that will work with receivers, but everything I have seen only works with corded phones.
I think you are right—up until now, all alerting systems worked with landline phones and not with cell phones. However, there is more than one way to skin the cat, so to speak.
I can think of several ways to accomplish this, but I’ll just mention two.
1. You could take on the task of listening for the cell phone ringing and poke him to wake him up (assuming you can hear the phone ringing yourself). I don’t recommend this as a regular “duty”, but it could work in a pinch. It is not a good idea to have a spouse act as the “ears” for the hard of hearing partner. This can build resentment in the hearing spouse and doesn’t teach the hard of hearing person to be responsible for his own hearing loss, nor how to use effective hearing loss coping strategies and assistive devices.
2. What I’d really recommend is Serene Innovations RF-200 cell phone ringer/flasher with bed shaker. This is the exact gizmo your husband is looking for. He’ll never miss a telephone call again, day or night! This gizmo has audible, visual and tactile alerts that are activated when there is an incoming phone call on your landline telephone or your cell phone.
Get the RF-200 Cell/Phone Ring Alerter here.