Smoke Alarms: What Consumers with Hearing Loss Should KnowBy Ross, Mark; Mulvany, Dana; Hearing Loss Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 12-18
Publication Date: September/October 2003
Article discusses smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and how they can be deployed in various settings, including homes, multi-family dwellings, large apartment buildings, and lodging facilities. Several companies manufacture auditory smoke detectors for people with hearing loss. When smoke is detected, the unit emits both an auditory and a high-speed light cue, also called a strobe. The audible aspects are not adequate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. During the alarm period, however, the strobe light flashes at 60 times each second, which has been proven to wake up most people with hearing loss.
Published by: Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People) (Website:http://www.hearingloss.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J46302