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sonic-bombI’m not sure if this happens to you too, but usually when I have an early morning flight I end up having a terrible night’s sleep. I guess it’s nerves, since I get anxious about accidentally sleeping through an alarm. Then a few days ago, a reader asked me if I could recommend a travel alarm clock for the hearing impaired.

This was a great question since an alarm that caters to the hearing impaired could also benefit early morning travelers. My dad would also benefit from one since he’s legally deaf without his cochlear implant in. I ended up asking listeners of Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy show (I call in every Saturday at 12:30 pm PT) and these were the two best answers I received:

From Jim B.: “Johnny, I just heard you asking about a loud alarm clock for people that are hard of hearing. I bought this clock from Amazon ($29) last year for my 90 yo mom. She is very hard of hearing and this wakes her up. It also comes with a bed vibrator that says it will shake you out of bed, although she doesn’t use that. UPDATED on March 4, 2018: They have a newer version out called Sonic Bomb Bluetooth Super Shaker Alarm ($39.99) and it connects wirelessly to your smart phone. Users can set multiple alarms  and it works without disturbing others. You can even be alerted to calls or text messages.

Another great option came from Dave S.:“I’m hard of hearing and have had to give up on using an alarm clock because I could never be sure I’d hear it. (Or if I did, it was probably loud enough that I’d have to peal my wife off the ceiling.) I’ve switched to using one of those activity monitor bands and it buzzes me awake without bothering my wife too much. I used to use a Jawbone Up, but they are barely in business anymore. My suggestion would be the Fitbit Alta. It’s small, relatively inexpensive, though there are many that would work. For me, that’s the killer app for an activity monitor.”

Thanks, guys! I really like both of these options but I probably with get the bed vibrator for my dad and the Fitbit Alta for myself. If you have a better gadget, please leave it in the comments section below!

Johnny Jet

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