This section lists conversation amplifiers, infrared systems and radio frequency transmission systems for use without hearing aids, although many can also be used with hearing aids with appropriate attachments. The section also lists induction loop receivers which let the user listen to an induction loop system without a hearing aid and vibrotactile systems which convert sound to vibration.
To view listening equipment for use with hearing aids view our list of Listening equipment for hearing aid users.
Choice of attachment
Most listening equipment comes with a choice of headphones, stetoclips, earhooks or neck loops (ear hooks and neck loops are designed for use with hearing aids set to the 'T' setting). We recommend you check which of these attachments is being supplied before purchasing. Selecting which of these attachments is most suited to your needs depends on the nature of your hearing loss and your preference for over-ear or in-ear head phones. For more information read our advice on Headphones, stetoclips, earhooks and neck loops.
When you first put on listening equipment always have it at a minimum/low volume setting and then adjust it to your requirements. If you turn it on at a loud amplified volume you may damage your hearing.
For more information read the Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID) factsheet Listening equipment
Browse our list of local retailers by county and region
Use our interactive quiz AskSARA to guide you to advice and equipment.
Would you like support from a trained advisor with no sales pressure?
DLF Data is the UK's only comprehensive database of daily living equipment.
CPD-accredited courses aimed at professional healthcare providers and carers.