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Discover the latest innovations in the low-vision, low-hearing, and mobility industry, as well as those must-have products to enhance your day-to-day life. Our Independent-Living Blog will help make daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™
13 May, 2019

Do What You Can't

Molly Burke, Blind Motivational Speaker and YouTube media star, inspires people all over the world to live their best life despite whatever challenges they face

At 24 years of age, Molly doesn't view her sight impairment as a disability.  She focuses on being a voice for others living with disabilities.  "Whatever disability you have does not have to define who you are."  

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There are many new products for the blind that have increased the quality of those who are challenged by vision loss. MaxiAids offers products for the blind, and for people who have low vision and sight impairment, helping make life more independent and enjoyable. "Everyday technology helps me do something I would otherwise struggle to do. Accessibility in tech has come a long way."

Molly's journey into her vision loss and being bullied

Molly began losing her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 4 and at age 14 lost most of her sight despite seeing light and shadows.  Molly began to experience a lot of bullying in school because of her disability.  After falling and breaking her ankle, she was once left behind by girls who she thought were friends.  As a cruel joke, they led her into the woods instead of the lunchroom, broke her crutches and maliciously abandoned her.  Luckily she had her cell phone on her and called her parents.  Leaving that school behind, Molly went through a difficult time mourning the loss of who she once was.  It took a while to soul search and come out of her depression. 

Campaigning for accessibility

She has proved over the years that anyone can do anything if they work hard and put their mind to it.  Becoming a spokesperson for various foundations fighting blindness, Molly continues to campaign for accessibility and is an advocate for disability rights.  She has become a YouTube star and has created many tutorials with millions of followers, releasing weekly YouTube videos to a worldwide audience.  Molly quoted, "I think failures are what teach us the most".  Molly has traveled all over the world speaking in front of crowds up to 20,000. As a motivational speaker, she shares her story with youth, families and corporate organizations and has even spoken alongside Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen, Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and the Kielburger brothers. Her inspiration to others and her young age makes her unique and encouraging.

Molly Burke Blind Youtube Star Opens Up About Overcoming Bullying

Molly's purpose: to bring hope to others

Molly uses humorous vlogs (video blogs) about her life as a blind person, her thoughts, opinions, anti-bullying, beauty tips, and more. She has become an ambassador for American Eagle Outfitters' underwear sub-brand Aerie — targeting young women with ads that are not retouched or with any additional ad imagery. Molly is one of several spokesmodels headlining the brand’s ongoing #AerieReal campaign, featuring women who are making a change in their particular communities from different cultures and industries.  Molly made a guest appearance on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show in 2018 about overcoming bullying.  She has partnered with Samsung on a TV spot for last year’s Oscars, and has currently completed a 10-episode original series in early 2019 created with Samsung called "The 10 Year Journey" where Molly films 10 video blogs during her European travel adventure.  The 10 years relates to her vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa about a decade ago, and how she coped with her journey into blindness.  Molly's own personal ‘Do What You Can’t’ slogan is being used by Samsung in some of their other campaigns. Currently Molly has a strong following of 2.5 million YouTube subscribers as of 2019.

At MaxiAids, look to technology to help you live a fulfilling, positive and active life with helpful products for the blind, low vision products, blind accessories, and products for the visually impaired.    

05 May, 2019

Deaf business owners overcome the stigma of disability, isolation, and high rates of unemployment in the Deaf community...

Hearing Products

National Small Business Week is May 5-11, celebrating small business owners around the country...

More than 70% of deaf Americans have trouble gaining full-time employment, having to rise above obstacles in their careers and face discrimination in their jobs. Lack of promotions and growth in a company, deaf people are pushing employers to become deaf and sign language friendly or beginning to create businesses of their own.  Deaf-owned businesses are popping up nationwide; in Maryland alone, there are now more than 75 deaf-owned businesses.  Ryan Maliszewski, director of the Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute said that owning a business helps to improve confidence and social skills among deaf people.

We at Hearmore and MaxiAids provide deaf and hearing impaired products to help those with hearing loss achieve their goals and improve their confidence in business, individual ownership and social situations.  

Our products such as alerting devices (specialty smoke/CO2 detectors, door-knock and window sensors, communication aids, motion detectors), personal amplified devices (amplified cordless phones, amplified headsets and amplified telephones), and vibrating items like watches and clocks will help add to success in business and around the home.

 New Funding for the Deaf business owner

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) -- a non-profit company known for its telecommunications and video-based interpretation services -- hopes to make significant changes in the deaf community. CSD is the largest Deaf-led social impact organization in the world, and also an all-virtual company. It has launched a second of its first-ever social venture fund for deaf-owned and operated businesses in the U.S. They have secured millions of dollars in investments since it started the social venture fund last year.  

 Diverse businesses operated by Deaf owners and employees

Pizza Company

Mozzeria Italian Pizzeria in the San Francisco Mission neighborhood is getting a lot of attention in the deaf community.  Mozzeria began in 2011 by a couple who are both deaf. Melody and Russ Stein met at Gallaudet University for the deaf while studying business.  As stated on their website: "Melody's dream was to open and run a restaurant and Russ loves to eat pizza every day." All employees are deaf and trained at Mozzeria, some having their first job ever at the restaurant. There are over 15 deaf employees, and the people who built the restaurant and installed the pizza oven imported from Italy were also deaf, as well as the servers and cooks. The technology they use to take on line orders rely on Video Relay Service (VRF), where deaf and hearing people can communicate easily. Thanks to a social venture fund grant from CSD, the owners are planning on franchising Mozzeria, with their first sight on Austin, TX.  They plan to have franchises all over the U.S. 

Silent Automotive Repair Shop

Silent Automotive Repair Shop in Austin, TX began in 2008 and has deaf mechanics that use their hands to feel the vibrations when a car isn't running correctly. Joel Martinez, mechanic and co-owner of Silent Automotive who is hard of hearing explains, “We're able to feel the problem. It’s got to have some type of vibration that makes the noise.”  The company started with co-owner Danny Blalock and since accrued a loyal deaf and hearing cliental all across the city. Both Blalock and shop foreman Randy Doane are deaf, yet continue to have built up the business successfully.  Besides texting, they rely on a videophone similar to Skype, except with interpreters available if necessary to call clients or vendors. (Austin has become one of the top deaf friendly cities in the U.S., being home to the Texas School for the Deaf.) 

Streetcar 82 Brewery

Streetcar 82 Brewery located in Hyattsville, Maryland opened in July of 2018 by co-founders Sam Costner, Mark Burke, and Jon Cetrano-- all graduates of D.C.’s Gallaudet University.  Their business venture was inspired by a similarity and passion for home-brewed beer.  Burke says they had a meeting which successfully 'brewed' at his house, trying out a sampling of beers he and Cetrano had made together — among them a pale ale they’ve since modified and added to their brewery’s revolving menu. This helped to make the conclusion that it was good enough to serve to the beer loving public. "The brewery’s spacious layout and diffused natural light adhere to 'DeafSpace' design principles suited for the sensory and communicative abilities of people who are hard of hearing. This happened 'by happy accident' due to the location and building that we were fortunate to get. We want to be a brewery where the community all comes together and interact, whether they are deaf or hearing, partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in American Sign Language”

Starbucks

Although Starbucks is not a small business by any means and not individually owned, they have created their first ASL location in the U.S. near the Gallaudet University in Washington DC, hiring partially or fully deaf employees capable of communicating in American Sign Language. The coffee company opened the store in 2018, which it calls itself a Signing Store, hiring as many as 25 people from across the country who know ASL to work and manage the store.  The store is using digital displays and notepads, and an ordering console with two-way keyboards for customers and employees to type back and forth. Well established companies like Starbucks are opening the doors to the deaf community for employment, creating a new format for future businesses to do the same. 

We are making history,” Howard Rosenblum, chief executive officer of the National Association of the Deaf, said at the store’s opening celebration. “Please lead the way for other corporations and other businesses to open other signing stores and restaurants.”  When a business markets to the deaf community, it qualifies as deaf-friendly, providing customers with clear visual information, and trains hearing staff in sign language with policies that encourage hiring and training deaf people. A business professor at Gallaudet University, Baldridge teaches business to Gallaudet students, and how to adopt deaf-friendly practices. He also teaches the students how to open businesses of their own.

MaxiAids provides products to help improve the lives of those who are hearing impaired, are hard of hearing, deaf, suffer from hearing loss, and other products for accessibility and an active lifestyle.  Look to MaxiAids for the latest in hearing technology to help support an enhanced quality of life.

25 April, 2019

Mother's Day gifts to make her life easier and show you care...

Express your love on Mother's Day with thoughtful and helpful gifts and ideas from MaxiAids.  We carry products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hearing impaired and physically challenged...

Conair Body Benefits Massaging Heated Rest

When Mom uses this Conair Body Benefits Massaging Heated Neck Rest, she will experience soothing relief from neck pain. Pick one of the variable vibration speeds for ideal comfort. Powerful heated massage action soothes the upper back and neck (Item #156684). Pair up with a gift certificate to her favorite spa for a relaxing massage experience for her to look forward to.

Footmate Complete Foot Care System

FootMate Complete Foot Care System cleans, soothes & massages her feet in the shower. Foot care is a daily challenge, but the Podiatrists recommended FootMate System which makes optimal foot health easy. It is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging her feet every time she showers (Item #153260).  A pedicure or relaxing reflexology foot massage at her favorite nail salon would complement this gift for Mother's Day.

Conair Illuminating Three Panel Makeup Mirror

This Three Panel Makeup Mirror has 4 light settings: Evening, Home, Office, and Day. 1x to 5x magnification. It also has a center panel swivel to provide exact makeup application (Item #608675). Perhaps add a gift card to her favorite make up counter or store as well! See our other mirror selections...

I Love You Mom Keychain Matte Silver

I Love You MOM Keychain keeps Mom's keys safe and reminds her that she's loved every time she reaches for them. (Item #252162)  Available in Matte Silver or Matte Gold colored.

ILY Mom Heart Necklace 18in Chain Silver

Silver-plated heart pendant on an 18 inch silver chain is a sweet gift for deaf and hearing impaired moms (Item #252184).  See our other ASL jewelry for different options to make your hearing impaired loved ones feel special. 

Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock Pink

Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock - Pink Extra-Loud Vibrating Alarm is designed especially for women with hearing impairment; with its heart-shaped hot pink color and multi-colored display, waking up in the morning will never be the same. This alarm clock includes a pillow vibrator, so she won't disturb anyone else, yet will never miss an appointment. (Item #SBH400SSP) Clock is also available in black.

LED Book Light Hobby Light and Task Light

LED Book Light Hobby Light and Task Light clamps to books, projects or stands on table. This flexible light will help her see well during tasks and reading. (Item #6703514) Include a book she'd like to read for a great mother's day themed gift! See our other book reader lights.

Ladies Talking Watch with Rhinestone Bezel and Expansion Band English

Ladies Talking Watch with Rhinestone Bezel and Expansion Band in English (Spanish version available). Press a Button and Hear the Time Announced. Beautifully designed Ladies Tel-Time Talking Analog Watch with rhinestone bezel offers time and alarm announcement in a clear male voice. Ideal for blind and low vision users. (Item #703675)

Reizen Ladies Bi Color Square Braille Watch Expansion Band

Reizen Ladies Bi-Color Square Braille Watch-with Expansion Band... Stylish, functional mother's day gift with a 6 o'clock opening elegant quartz watch that's as attractive as it is functional. Durable hands were designed for reliable touch reading of time by the blind and visually impaired woman. (Item #707794) See our other Braille watches.

OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White

Ott-Lite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base is the ultimate mood lighting for her room. Base glows in the color of choice, allowing her mood to choose the lighting or let it cycle continuously through the entire 256-color spectrum. Helps to see details clearly and reduce glare and eyestrain with its natural daylight LED illumination. This is a fun light that will make her smile and create a happy mood, yet functional to charge tablets and phones as well. (Item #679229)

Conair Ladies Wet Dry Rechargeable Shaver

Conair satiny smooth ladies wet/dry rechargeable shaver - rechargeable razor with 30 minutes of continuous operation. Wet/dry convenience in and out of shower. For a smooth shave she will love. (Item #5059350)

Automatic Pill Dispenser Automatic Pill Dispenser Automatic Pill Dispenser

Auto Pill Dispenser dispenses the right medications at the right time, ensuring her medications are taken properly and on schedule! Has up to 6 daily doses with a built-in programmable timer and a loud beeping signal (3 tone settings) sounds when it is time to take the medication. (Item# 159032)

See our other Mother's Day products and gifts for the women in your life.  Show your appreciation and thoughtfulness with gifts that enhance their lives to help ease the physical challenges faced on a daily basis.   

15 April, 2019

Hear your Family Better this Easter with MaxiAids’ Hearing Amplifiers

People who are hard of hearing know all too well that their hearing loss can potentially affect the entire family. Family dinners, holidays, parties and other get togethers can be made more challenging when a family member is hard of hearing or struggles to hear casual conversation in a louder environment. Especially with age, hearing can become increasingly difficult and background noise can increase that difficulty even more.

Hearing amplifiers are the solution your family has been looking for! MaxiAids knows how aggravating hearing impairment can be; this is why we offer a variety of amplified devices such as amplified cordless phones, amplified headsets and amplified telephones.

Personal amplifiers are especially helpful for hearing impaired individuals who wish to stop missing out on conversations with loved ones. This Easter, have one less worry and get one of MaxiAids’ hearing amplifiers. Your family will thank you for it and your quality of life will be changed for the better.

Bean Quiet Sound Amplifier - One Pair Platinum Bellman Audio Domino Classic with Neckloop
Bellman Audio Maxi Personal Amplifier with Dual Earphones Pocketalker Pro with Deluxe Headphones
Stealth SSA Predator Personal Amplifier 50dB Superear Plus Sound Amplifier 50dB
Unisar Portable Wireless Audio Listener Mighty Ear Discreet Personal Amplifier

Browse our selection of personal amplifiers and general amplification devices today, where you'll find personal amplifiers that will help improve your quality of life and allow you to hear your family, the TV, music, movies, telephones and much more! Shop more hard of hearing products and deaf aids from MaxiAids’ deaf store.

10 April, 2019

Teach Braille to young children with activity books that make learning fun!

Here at MaxiAids, we offer an assortment of tactile and Braille books to stimulate and educate young children with sight loss.  With repetition and curiosity, your child will love to read, learn and create.  When it comes to learning Braille, we have interactive activity books and cards to encourage beginners.  Explore these fun and educational choices that also include poetry, stories, scratch n' sniff, tactile line drawings, mazes, counting, shapes, coloring, painting and more.

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These books have 14 pages of rhyming short stories with matching scented graphics and Braille for interactive fun.

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Help develop spatial concepts and open up the world of pictures, drawing, and art to blind children with raised lines and Braille activity coloring books. 

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Line art and Braille coloring and painting books for hands-on learning.

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This fun and stimulating maze book has 5 different kinds of mazes, progressing from easy to difficult: lines, corridors, ladders and more challenging graphs. 

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Books with Braille, raised line images and stories stimulate and educate. 

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Touch and feel Braille books teach counting and shapes. 

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Tactile, Braille and Scratch n' Sniff cards make learning the alphabet so much fun!

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Enjoy stories and discover landmarks and continents with tactile and Braille books, illustrated for touch n' feel learning

Look to MaxiAids for items to help encourage and teach those with blindness and low vision.  We carry many educational and interactive books, games and toys for young children and young adults so they can enjoy learning while at play.  MaxiAids specializes in products for the blind and visually impaired, low vision products, low vision aids and blind accessories.

01 April, 2019

MaxiAids offers unique Mobility Scooters with function, style and personality!

Enjoy your ride with distinct scooter choices from MaxiAids...

Motorized Mobility Scooters have become fashionable and trendier than ever, allowing those with mild to moderate mobility issues enjoy cruising around in comfort and confidence.  At MaxiAids, our functional motorized scooters look more like recreational vehicles than medical equipment, allowing individuals to feel more relaxed and have a good time on their ride.  Perfect for homes, neighborhoods, residential and senior communities, parks, museums, music venues, fairs, shopping centers, outdoor gardens and more-- these scooters have bright bold colors and unique looks to personalize your style.  Spring is just about here, so why not prepare yourself to spend more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer and enjoy yourself with a unique and functional scooter that will make your outings fun.

E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters E Wheels EW-36 3 Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters

Designed to resemble Italy's fashionable Vespa Scooters, the E-Wheels EW-36 3-Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooters come in bright shades of orange, pink, red, silver, yellow and blue.  3-wheel high-powered scooter with brushless electric motor at full power can reach speeds of up to 18 miles per hour, which makes it easily the fastest mobility scooter on the market. It provides up to 45 miles on a single charge (charger included) and includes reverse switch, armrest, and a large storage basket.  It's also equipped with digital anti-theft alarm and two rear shock absorbers on frame. 

E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooters E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooters E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooters

Cruise around in a 4 wheel Buggy!  This E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter with a full cover top and full front windshield will make you feel protected from unexpected weather.  Have fun driving around in this scooter buggy and let it shield you from sunshine and rain. This is the first fast 15mph four-wheel scooter on the market with a color matching FULL COVER TOP and FULL FRONT WINDSHIELD. E-Wheels EW-54 electric mobility scooter is equipped with a digital electric dashboard, 2 stereo speakers and music system, golf cart-like foot brake and executive seat, cup holder, and folding steering column.  A unique design style, this buggy is sure to turn heads! 

The EWheels EW-66 2-Passenger Heavy-Duty Scooters The EWheels EW-66 2-Passenger Heavy-Duty Scooters

The EWheels EW-66 2-Passenger Heavy-Duty Scooter is the scooter designed for 2!  Our 2 seater passenger ride allows you to bring along a companion and go for a cruise.  Why drive solo when you can have some fun and give a friend a lift?  This high-quality scooter is equipped with attractive aluminum rims; an alarm system; remote key fob; heavy-duty tubeless tires; and an electromagnetic braking system that provides safe, reliable operation. Both front and rear executive seats provide optimum rider comfort, and it comes with plenty of storage. This scooter moves at a top speed of 15 mph and holds up to 600 pounds in combined weight.  2 passenger scooter certainly provides for a good time and a "social" cruising experience. 

E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooters E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooters E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooters E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooters E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooters

The E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Scooter collection is a Colorful 3-wheel high-powered scooter with brushless electric motor and a speed of up to 18 mph.  Provides up to 45 miles on a single charge (charger included), and includes armrest, large storage basket, scooter cover, carpet floor mat and basket mat.  It's equipped with digital anti-theft alarm and two rear shock absorbers on frame, combining speed, safety, performance and personality.   Choose fun, bold colors in blue, pink, green, purple and teal.  You will ride in style wherever you go. 

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E-Wheels The Dude Black with Flames Custom Electric Mobility Scooter combines speed, safety, performance and a whole lot of personality!  E-Wheels The Dude custom electric mobility scooter pretty much speaks for itself. Delivered in an irridescent black with hand-painted orange, red and yellow flames, The Dude scooter is the perfect substitute for a sidewalk Hot Rod and features both Bluetooth capability and solar-powered wireless sound system, headlights and tail lights for nighttime driving, and extra-large tires that navigate uneven terrain with ease. Comes equipped with anti-theft alarm system and includes rear basket, scooter cover, carpet floor mat and basket mat. Speed up to 18mph and 45 miles per charge (distance varies by riders weight, terrain, road surface, etc.). 

E-Wheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride 3-Wheel Electric Mobility Scooters E-Wheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride 3-Wheel Electric Mobility Scooters

E-Wheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride 3-Wheel Electric Mobility Scooter is new and improved. 3 wheel mobility scooter is a top quality, stable and easily maneuverable scooter designed for a variety of recreational and commercial purposes. This electric scooter averages a 20-25 mile range on a single charge and a speed range up to 15 mph. An excellent choice for school/college campuses, enclosed residential communities, warehouses, shopping complexes, enclosed parking garages, security officers for patrol, or just about any application where you need silent (no emission) transportation. Unlike other mobility scooters, this simplified mobility scooter is capable of carrying up to 300 lbs. It is ideal for use by pre-mobility candidates as a stand-up scooter or comfortably seated on an optional removable scooter seat. Choose blue or red.  

MaxiAids has many more styles of motorized scooters, wide fat tire scooters, electric tricycle scooter, folding electric travel scooters, folding airline friendly travel scooter, wheelchairs, elevated power chair and other mobility scooters and chairs for your individual needs.  Look to MaxiAids for all your mobility products to help you get around in comfort, safety and style.   

27 March, 2019

MaxiAids’ Smoke Detectors with Visual Aids Can Save Lives

Every household needs a smoke detector, but those who are hard of hearing can’t rely on audible signals to alert them to a potential fire. MaxiAids has the perfect solution for the deaf or hard of hearing community, so you can have peace of mind knowing your family is safe during the event of a fire.

Detectors with visual aids, such as smoke alarms with strobe lights, are exactly what the hearing impaired community needs. Instead of being alerted by the sound of a regular alarm, the flashing lights will be indication that it’s time to evacuate. In addition to flashing lights, hearing impaired people can be alerted to a hazardous fire by a shake-up receiver with a vibrator or bed shaker, just in case the visual aid is not enough.

Another option is to install smoke detectors that emit louder noises for those who are both hearing and sight impaired. Talking smoke alarms such as the Kidde Talking Smoke, Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarm will alert homeowners with a loud voice system with three messages based on the reason for the alert.

The goal is to make smoke detectors unavoidable to notice in the case of a fire so that your family has enough time to follow the proper protocol to escape safely. MaxiAids has all the smoke detectors mentioned above to keep your household as safe as possible in the event of an emergency as dangerous as a fire.

Kidde Smoke Alarm Strobe Light

Kidde Smoke Alarm with Strobe Light comes with a loud 85 decibel piercing alarm and strobe light alerts, which uses Ionization Technology which senses invisible particles produced by most flaming fires.

SafeAwake Smoke Alarm Aid with Bed Shaker

SafeAwake Smoke Alarm Aid with Bed Shaker triggers all your senses with a motorized bed shaker, a flashing light and a low frequency, high decibel square wave sound you can actually hear. 

Shake Up Smoke Detector Kit with Vibrator

Shake-Up Smoke Detector Kit with Vibrator detects smoke and then transmits a powerful signal within a 100 ft. radius to the Shake-Up receiver unit.

Silent Call Signature Series Fire Alarm Transmitter Battery Input

Silent Call Signature Series Fire Alarm Transmitter-Battery Input is designed to be wired into a home or building fire alarm system. When the fire panel is activated, the transmitter will send a wireless signal to any Signature Series receiver up to 2000 feet away.

Gentex Remote Visual Signal 120v

Gentex Remote Visual Signal alerts homeowners with 60 Flashes per minute and comes with Universal Mounting Plate. 

120v AC 3 in 1 LED Strobe and 10 Year Combo Smoke CO Alarm

 

120V AC 3-in-1 LED Strobe and 10 Year Combo Smoke & CO Alarm provides both visual and voice warnings. Comes with dual mode flash patterns for smoke or CO to differentiate the danger.

Keep your family safe with MaxiAids’ selection of smoke detectors with visual aids. Shop more hearing products, including hearing impaired telephones, hearing aid batteries and devices for the deaf and hard of hearing at our deaf store.

18 March, 2019

Are smart phones and other devices causing eye damage?

Digital eye strain, dry-eye disease, blurry vision-- our overuse of technology may be harming our eye sight and eye health.  They say, "The eyes are the window of the soul".  But what if our eyes are feeling tired, strained and out of focus... then the window becomes blurred...

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Let's face it... we are all glued to our cell phones and other computer devices on a daily basis.  Eye muscles get very fatigued from the constant day-to-day use of these tech products.  The average adult in the United States, according to a Nielson Company audience report, spends over eight hours or more a day on a device.  For people who stare at a screen for long periods of time can experience symptoms of blurred vision, trouble focusing, tired red eyes, dry eyes, headaches and more.  

You can protect your eyes from screens and other tech devices

By taking twenty minute breaks away from your computer, remembering to blink when concentrating, do periodic eye exercises, look away from your device and gaze towards distant objects in a room, and use products that filter out blue light and computer glare which can help with eye fatigue and other eye symptoms.  Also it's a good idea to wear anti-reflective and glare reducing eye glasses.  Magnification products are helpful too. 

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Exposure to blue light may have damaging effects

There are eye doctors that are concerned the exposure to blue light may eventually have a damaging effect on our eyes from the over use of electronic devices.  The blue light that emits from our cell phones is not filtered by our cornea or pupils.    

The blue light goes direct to our retinas, where damage may occur. Although there isn't enough evidence to back up how much damage the blue light emits, it still creates eye strain. Some experts believe the damage to the retina can lead to macular degeneration (central vision damage).

Take steps to help prevent visual impairment

Optometrist Dr. Justin Bazen, a medical advisor for the Vision Council, recommends taking steps to help reduce any potential damage to your eyes.  "Eyewear is available with lenses featuring magnification, anti-reflective and blue light-filtering capabilities to help reduce the symptoms associated with digital eye strain." You should also be proactive and conscientious of keeping your eyesight as healthy as possible because you want to avoid irreversible damage...

  • Keep digital devices at about an arm’s distance away from the face
  • Enlarge text size on your digital devices to expand content on the screen
  • Take continual breaks from using digital devices
  • Reduce overhead lighting in the room to decrease screen glare
  • Adjust the lighting on digital devices

MaxiAids features many eyeglass products, magnification products and anti-glare products to help ease eye strain and make for more efficient viewing of your tech products.  Let us help aid you with the use of eye protective technology in today's modern tech world.

11 March, 2019

St. Patrick's Day - Products for those with physical disabilities

Speaks Volumz 3 Cup Measuring Cup Talking Microwave Oven

Go GREEN on St. Patrick's Day and Look to MaxiAids for low vision aids, blind accessories, products for the blind and visually impaired, and those with mobility challenges.

Reizen 4 Section Aluminum Folding Green Cane Ambutech Hi Lites Green Cane Apple Shaped Talking Alarm Clock w Temperature and Calendar - Green Reizen 65mm Dome Magnifier w green Ring
Measuring Spoons w Large Print Set 6 Black-Green MaxiTouch dots lime green package of 64 Braille Slate and Stylus Kit 9 Lines x 30 Cells Green Plastic Speaks Volumz Talking 3 Cup Measuring Cup
Cando Exercise Resistance Tubing w Handles Green Med Intensity EZ Salad Slicer Bowl The Prep Machine Five Cooking Tools in One Reizen Super Loud Clock w 18 inch Green LED
Onion Chopper Noir Non Fitover w UV and Infrared 14 percent medium green Tower Fruit and Vegetable Dicer StarFrit 5 Quart Salad Spinner green white
Flame Retardant Oven Mitt CanDo Digi Flex Hand and Finger Exerciser Green Medium Intensity EWheels Jellybean Collection Electric Mobility Scooter Neon Green EWheels ew 54-4 Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter Sour Apple

MaxiAids cares about the safety and independence of our customers who are faced with challenges of vision loss and mobility issues.  Look to MaxiAids for products for the blind and visually impaired, low vision aids, blind accessories, and vision products to help ease everyday tasks and to live life to the fullest.

07 March, 2019

Rock n' Roll Musicians make a lot of loud noise on hearing loss and tinnitus

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It's a common fact that rock legends of the 70s and 80s have suffered irreversible hearing loss and tinnitus.

Hearing loss has affected over 48 million Americans

With some, it comes with the aging process, and with others, it's the exposure to loud noise, loud video games, television, movies, car stereos, headphones, noisy machinery, screaming stadium crowds, nightclub music, loud music concerts and more.  Most of these risks can be avoided.  Depending on your hobbies or career, the challenge of protecting your hearing can be difficult.

Tinnitus and hearing loss are quite common in the music industry

Many musicians and singers have been performing for over forty years and have recently been speaking out and going public on hearing education and awareness.  After years of loud noise exposure throughout their careers, artist Pete Townshend of The Who, Sting, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Ted Nugent, Alex Van Halen and Brian Johnson of AC/DC, among others, are now talking about their hearing loss challenges and experiences, and how to protect and avoid the damage. 

It's important for the fans to protect their ears as well. Lars of Metallica has suffered from tinnitus throughout his entire music career and has spoken out publically to his music fans about the importance of getting a hearing check.  Alex Van Halen had lost 60% hearing in his left ear and 30% in his right.  AC/DC had to cancel half their tour in 2016 due to singer Brian Johnson's risk of complete hearing loss. He has endured nine operations on his ears.  Huey Lewis cancelled his remaining 2018 tour dates due to losing most of his hearing suddenly.  He was diagnosed with Meniere's disease-- an inner ear disorder which can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. Sting, singer of The Police, has suffered hearing loss and tinnitus and became an advocate for hearing loss awareness and a supporter/ambassador for Hear the World Foundation, a foundation which provides children with untreated hearing loss audiological care in low income countries.

The most common hearing damage for musicians is Tinnitus-- a constant ringing in the ear when there's actually no sound present

There is no cure for tinnitus other than masking out the sound with background music or television. Pete Townshend of the Who has hearing loss and tinnitus in both ears which led him to help fund a non-profit hearing advocacy group called H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers).  After every performance his tinnitus resurfaces, which has resulted in his inability to hear high frequencies.  Now he relies on computer systems and engineers to help him in the recording studio. 

What is considered safe noise

Celebrities with hearing loss

According to Dr. Carol Rousseau, a clinical audiologist, she states, "The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) considers a safe noise dose to be 85 decibels (dB) for eight hours a day, but for every 3-dB increase, that time period is cut in half.  The loudness levels at an AC/DC concert can range from 105 to 130dB.  At 105 DB, damage can occur after only about fifteen minutes of exposure.  Danger to the inner ear can occur instantaneous at 120 dBs", Hyperacusis (an increased sensitivity to volume) and Diplacusis (difficulties in pitch perception) are two conditions that can result from prolonged exposure to loud volumes of music, making it more difficult and challenging for musicians and singer to perform.

How to protect your hearing 

There are ways to help avoid hearing loss damage and to protect you from loud noise and music. 

  • Avoid excessively loud noise for prolonged periods at a time
  • Always wear ear plugs when exposed to high volumes of noise and loud music, whether or not you already suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus
  • Consider location proximity to speakers when choosing a spot at a concert or loud nightclub
  • Give yourself a 24 hour rest after loud noise exposure
  • Have your hearing tested
  • Remove ear wax

Long term damage of hearing loss is irreversible. 

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