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Smoke alarms for people with hearing loss

Smoke Alarms save untold lives every year, because they awaken people before a fire has spread enough to prevent their escape. They only work, of course, if the people can perceive their warning signal. Audio smoke alarms are useless for hearing impaired people, including those who are hard of hearing, late deafened, and oral deaf; instead, people with hearing loss rely on visual or vibrating smoke alarms.

Here’s a story about a woman named Mary Wallace, whose inability to hear a fire alarm nearly cost her her life. She was fortunate to have a hearing neighbor who got her out of her burning apartment. She later got a vibrating fire alarm that is appropriate for a person with hearing loss.