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Knowing the doorbell is ringing

Photo: Knowing the doorbell is ringing

By choosing the right doorbell you can make sure all family members know when someone is at the door and likely to come into your home.

Deaf family members may not be able to hear regular doorbells. This is where flashing doorbells with adjustable volume control can be useful. They can help young deaf children learn that a visitor is likely to come into the house, rather than the visitor appearing ’suddenly’ as they weren’t alerted by a doorbell. Extra loud flashing doorbells can help them in learning what to expect.

These doorbells can also help in giving deaf young people more privacy and independence, for example by installing the doorbell at their bedroom door and being able to alert them that someone is coming into their room.

Flashing doorbells can also be used as a personal alerting system. For example, the deaf family member could have the doorbell receiver in their room, or carry it around the home with them, and another person could use the doorbell transmitter to tell them when dinner is ready. We have several extra loud and flashing doorbells on our Technology Test Drive loan service.

Doorbells with special features

Wireless doorbells have two parts: a doorbell transmitter (which you fit near your door) and the doorbell receiver which can be put anywhere in the home.

Some doorbells are extra loud or have certain tones or melodies it may be easier for you to hear and identify. Other doorbells have flashing lights. Xenon strobe lights are very effective even in the daytime as their bright flashing light reflects off household surfaces. Other lights are only effective if you are close by. Many doorbells designed for deaf people have both extra loud sounds and flashing lights.

You can get doorbells that plug into a mains power socket. You may find that a doorbell near the front door can be difficult to hear in other parts of your home, though you might be able to add an extra bell in another room or rooms. There are also battery powered doorbells that can be carried around the house. Some doorbells come as part of a pager system.

What do families think of these specialist doorbells?

“Our son now turns to the door when he sees the flashing doorbell. It’s given him a chance to learn what to expect next, a real boost to his confidence.”