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This is a resource post on the best alarm clocks for deaf or hard of hearing people. 29,000 d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members were asked what their favorite ways to wake up were. This is what they said. Note: there are affiliate links in this post, which means that if you buy something from this page, you pay no more than you normally would (and sometimes even less), and you are helping to support this site – thank you!

I thought of my Grandpa Knobby as I was writing this post. He was deaf and back his day, the best alarm clock for a deaf person was a bucket of water over the head. Things like flashing alarm clocks for deaf people or vibrating alarm clocks simply didn’t exist. He was incredulous when he saw my Sonic Boom alarm clock, with the lights, vibration and capacity to wake up the entire neighborhood! While it was cool showing him the stuff, it made me sad because I know there are a lot of other deaf or hard of hearing seniors who would benefit from this technology. And not just seniors! There are a lot of people, point blank, who would benefit from this list.

Best Alarm Clocks for a Hard of Hearing or Deaf Person

This is a list – in no particular order – of the results of polls in d/Deaf Hard of Hearing spaces, asking 29,000 deaf people the best ways to wake up, what the best alarm clocks for waking up the deaf are. The answers followed similar themes of light, vibration and loud sound. I’ve grouped their responses into summaries, and provided amazon links for ease of reading more about the product and potentially ordering the recommended alarm clocks for deaf or hard of hearing people.

Watches with Vibration Features

The Apple Watch has “taptic” settings, as do some Android-based watches. Set the alarm (- or more than one alarm) on your phone, and your watch will “tap” you to wake you up. The “tap” is really a vibration buzz on the back of your wrist.

Apple Watch

Imagine being woken up by a gentle - yet persistent - tap on your wrist from your watch. That is the experience you get with the "taptic" settings on the Apple Watch. This watch is available in a number of price points, including refurbished. From around $100 up.

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03/24/2024 06:34 am GMT

Bed Shaking Alarm Clocks

These extremely effective alarm clocks for deaf or hard of hearing people have the capacity to turn your bed into rollicking waves of bed shaking vibration! Some of them are just the bed shaking alarms themselves while others also come with sound alarms and light projectors. The ones that come with sound are hands-down the loudest alarm clocks out there, so you want to be careful with them! They are not messing around. Very strong, very loud.

Bed Shaking Alarm Clock

This alarm clock features a "bed shaker" which you slip under your mattress. When the alarm goes off, the bed shaker will vibrate, making the entire bed shake. This alarm also features a light projector, so that the time will also flash.

The alarm will get extremely loud - it has the capacity to wake the entire house (if hearing).

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03/24/2024 06:42 am GMT

Vibrating Alarm Clocks 

There are alarm clocks pair with your phone through a Bluetooth app. When the alarm goes off, it will shake the bed, and is programmable to a variety of bed-shaking strength settings. Because it pairs with a smart phone, there is no accompanying clock display or aural alarm.

Vibration Shaker Alarm, Bluetooth, Compatible with Apple & Android

This is a portable bed shaking alarm that works directly with the bluetooth on your phone. There is no display; just the bed shaker.

You set it up through an app on your phone (this works with both android and iphone).

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03/28/2024 04:17 pm GMT

Smart Lights:

Alexa-connected LED lights (or other smart lights) can be programmed to turn on at a certain time. Google Assistant has similar features.

Note: these are best when used with Alexa/Google Assistant (- choose one; I chose Alexa because the Prime sales were so good with Alexa hubs and dots). You CAN use many smart lights without an Alexa hub/Google Assistant hub BUT all the features will not be available. If you want all of the features, using the smart lights through the hubs is best.

WiFi Color Changing Light Bulb
$25.19 ($6.30 / Count)

These are light bulbs that you can dim, change the color, turn on/off by voice command and can set a timer to turn on at a certain setting with the help of Alexa. You can program the light bulbs to turn on at the time you would like to wake up. The program can include color or brightness setting.

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03/24/2024 04:26 pm GMT

Smart Phone Alarms for Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Smart phones can have alarms set, volume off, flashing-light and vibration enabled. When the alarm goes off, the phone will vibrate and flash light.

$244.00 $209.92

Smart phones have accessibility features for us deaf. Lights can flash, phones can vibrate. If you are not too heavy of a sleeper, you can use the built in phone alarm, with the accessibility features turned on. I personally turn the volume OFF, then have the vibration ON, along with the flashing lights.

Phone Featured: Apple iPhone 11, 64GB, Purple - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

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03/24/2024 04:40 pm GMT

Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clocks for Deep Sleepers or Hearing Impaired

Google Nest has a sunrise simulation feature which is pretty cool.

Google Nest Hub

Google Nest Hub has a "sunrise feature" whereby you can program your lights to gradually turn on, simulating a sunrise. A non-invasive way, more natural way to wake up, and an excellent option for those who are sensitive to light.

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03/24/2024 04:13 pm GMT

There are also simple sunrise simulation alarms available on Amazon (https://amzn.to/42R60jd) These are a non-invasive way to wake up for light-sensitive people.

Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
$52.98 $38.99

Experience a simulated sunrise with this "alarm" clock, letting the light gradually get brighter in your room at the set time, reaching it's brightest at the time you want to wake up.

It's absolutely ideal for those of us who want a more gentle way to be woken up, and those of us who are sensitive to light.

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03/24/2024 04:08 pm GMT

Service Dog Paired with Regular Alarm

A service dog can be trained to jump on the bed and nudge the sleeper when an alarm is heard. 

Of course, for this option, you need a service dog!

What I Personally Use

I am profoundly deaf. To wake up, I use my apple watch, and my smart lights on an alexa-run timer. My iphone is usually by me, but it serves more as a backup alarm than anything. The volume is off on my phone, the vibration and flashing lights features are turned on.

I have my apple watch vibrating on my wrist and that’s usually enough to wake me up. The smart lights turn on a dim yellow shade with the timer – if my watch didn’t wake me up, the lights always will. The phone is just an additional annoying thing in case I forgot to leave the light switch on or I’m traveling.

I wish my Grandpa had been able to access this technology. It’s easy for us in the deaf community to find options that work for our particular needs. Heavy sleepers also have it made these days – this technology benefits so many. I hope you find what works for you.

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