Having to listen to a baby crying all the time, say when it is teething, can be a very harrowing experience and most parents have wished that their child would just stop crying for an hour or two and give them a bit of peace. That is quite natural, parents need some rest too.
But crying can have another function too – to alert the parents that something is not right. So what would you feel like if you were deaf and you were never certain whether your baby was crying or not? That would be a worrying state of affairs, would it not? Fortunately, there are such things as baby monitors for the deaf.
Baby monitors for the deaf are not the same as baby monitors for the hearing. Baby monitors for the hearing pick up the sound in one room and replay it somewhere else so that a hearing person is always conscious of any noise made in the baby’s room – breathing, crying, gurgling, falling, intruders, dogs etc.
More pricey devices will relay video footage as well so that you can focus the camera on the baby’s cot and see what is going on there as well. This is useful if you are worried about your baby smothering itself or a cat getting into bed with it. This footage can be replayed over your television or a special monitor.
Clearly, baby monitors for the deaf will have to work on a different principle, because the noises coming from the baby’s room will not alert its parents if they are hard of hearing. This makes caring for a baby twice as demanding for a deaf person.
There are various types of baby monitors for the deaf, some work with a flashing light and others vibrate and some do both. These monitors can be large free-standing objects which are easily visible or they can be smaller like a mobile phone so that they can fit in your pocket in order that you may be aware of the vibration whenever a sound comes from the baby’s room.
Some of these baby monitors for the deaf are even more complex. The receiver may have a built in clock that you can set for feeding times and a large vibrating rod so that you can place the receiver under your pillow at night. It will then alert you not only at feeding time but also if the baby makes a noise.
The most advanced baby monitors for the deaf are not cheap, but at the end of the day you have to consider your amount of disability, your peace of mind, the baby’s safety, your lifestyle and your finances.
For instance, If you are totally deaf and a housewife, who has to move around the house for much of the day cleaning, cooking and gardening, a baby monitor for the deaf with a light on it sitting on top of the TV is not really of much use to you, whereas a portable vibrating unit would be.