If you are deaf or have hearing loss, you may find it difficult to hear the doorbell if it’s near the front door or in the hallway. There are devices available that can help alert you when someone is at the door.
Types of doorbells
Extension bell or ringer
You can add an extension bell or ringer to your existing doorbell to make it louder. You can also add a flashing light to alert you. This may need to be installed by an electrician.
Wireless door chime
This is a type of doorbell that has a separate unit that will ring, flash or vibrate when someone pushes the doorbell outside. You can place this unit anywhere in your house.
This is a type of doorbell that tells you someone is at the door by sending a notification to your mobile. You control it through an app on your smartphone or tablet.
This combines all your alerts – e.g. your doorbell and home phone – to notify one or more receiver devices. When you get an alert, the portable receiver lets you know by vibrating, flashing a light or a loud sound.
Prices for these devices range from £15 for simple models to £50 – £60 for more advanced types. You may need to pay for more accessories or for products or doorbells that have extra features.
You may be able to get help paying for technology from:
- your local council’s sensory services team
- your workplace, if you need technology to help you to work
- the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) scheme, if you are in post-18 education.
Find out more about how to get help paying for technology.
Where you can buy doorbells
You can buy these doorbells and accessories from Connevans, one of the leading suppliers of hearing related assistive technology, through their online shop. We are working in partnership with Connevans to make sure you can buy all the equipment you may need.
There’s a broad range of equipment and assistive devices to help you stay independent and continue to enjoy the things you want to do.