This may seem a little bit weird, but my husband and I have come across a fitness product that has a tool which seems useful for those of us with hearing loss. We’ve been using the Fitbit Flex as part of a health initiative through his job and my husband discovered yesterday that the vibrating alarm clock works wonders!!! He’s not HOH at all; however, he’s been sleeping in my 3 year-old’s room at night because of her fear of the dark, and has been frustrated that even at its quietest volume, his alarm clock has been waking her up early every morning, yet the buzzing option on his cell phone wasn’t waking him. So he decided to try the “buzzing” alarm function on the Fitbit and has found that it wakes him up much more quickly, and with less of a shock, than any radio or buzzer alarm ever has. Anyway, in Canada, the Fitbit wrist band, the cheapest one - which is what we are using - costs around $100, so it’s relatively cheap compared to some alarm/radio/buzzer options. I’m going to try it out myself for tomorrow morning just to see what I think. I don’t currently have any great problem with hearing my clock radio go off at a reasonable volume, but if I don’t have to introduce noise to our quiet house first thing in the morning, I’d prefer not to.
Just to clear up any concerns, I’m NOT in any way affiliated with FitBit. I don’t sell the product, don’t endorse it, and am in no way monetarily benefiting from this recommendation! I’ve only had mine for four days. However, in terms of monitoring basic fitness, it’s a great product, and the added benefit of the vibrating wrist alarm clock seems like a fantastic option for those of us with hearing loss who are also fitness-minded. If you try it out, I’d be interested in knowing what you think.