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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 Blogs will help inspire you and make your daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, motivational stories and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™. We welcome you to leave a comment if you enjoyed reading a particular blog!
11 November, 2021

Tis' the Season for Savings MaxiAids 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Available Now

The highly anticipated MaxiAids Holiday Gift Guide is officially out for 2021, highlighting some of the year’s best products for independent living. Anyone looking for gift ideas for the blind and visually impaired, those with low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, disabled, seniors, children, and the special needs of those with medical conditions will benefit from this comprehensive guide for the holiday gifting season.

No need to stress over gifting those closest to you, whether it’s a co-worker, family member, friend, host, or teacher, we have what you’re looking for. We have video magnifiers, talking watches, talking calculators, and all the independent living products needed to make life easier on those who need some extra help. There’s always the option of MaxiAids Gift Cards, redeemable on all current MaxiAids products ordered from our website.

Order your gifts early and enjoy big savings this year! Call 1-800-522-6294 or visit MaxiAids.com to purchase any items from the MaxiAids 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. Below are some highlights from this year’s guide, and don’t miss out on browsing the full version today.

 

VocaTime Atomic Talking Watch- Black Case with Leather Band

Reizen Talking Atomic Watch with Top Light- Expansion Band

Casio Vibration Watch- Black+Blue

Reizen Atomic Talking Clock with Indoor-Outdoor Thermometer

WobL+ 9-Alarm Vibrating Waterproof Reminder Watch - Blue

MyEye Pro

MyEye Smart

Clover 5 Handheld Video Magnifier

PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System

Desk-Top Talking Calculator

REIZEN Big Button Speaker Phone - Black and White

Daylight Flexi-Vision Floor Lamp

 

‘Tis the season for savings with MaxiAids 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. Browse low vision products, deaf and hard of hearing products, and independent aids that make ideal gifts for the loved ones in your life, all in one convenient guide.

11 November, 2021

Make Holiday Cooking Easier with MaxiAids Selection of Small Appliances

MaxiAids makes holiday hosting easy with our selection of small appliances. Browse the small appliances you need to cook Thanksgiving and holiday meals for your friends and family, whether you’re hosting small or large gatherings. Our products make holiday cooking faster and easier.

We know holiday cooking can be a stressful undertaking, which is why we carry products that make it easier for you. From rice cookers to single or double burners and food steamers, we have small appliances that will make your cooking experience a success.

Browse some highlights from our selection of small appliances below, which include low vision products for those who need extra help in the kitchen this holiday season. For example, we have a slow cooker with large, easy-to-see, and easy-to-grip dial for adjusting heat settings. Our burners also have large, easy-to-grasp dials to adjust heat and timer.

 

1.5-Quart Slow Cooker- Stainless Steel-Black

10 Cups (Uncooked) Rice Cooker with Steamer- White

8-Cup Food Processor- Black

Infrared Double Burner

Infrared Single Burner

2-Piece Fry Pan Set- Black

1440W Electric Double Hotplate- Chrome

1500W Electric Double Burner- Black

 

Toaster Oven- Black Stainless Steel

2-Tier Food Steamer- Stainless Steel

 

MaxiAids makes holiday hosting a breeze with our selection of small appliances. Bring joy back into your kitchen this year as you cook a beautiful meal for your loved ones to enjoy. All above products are available at MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294 for information.

09 November, 2021

Daylight Savings Time: Light Up Your Evenings and Beat the Winter Blues with Lamps and Light Therapy Products

Daylight Savings Time has come to an official close as we head into the darker months of winter, bringing with it an earlier end to the daylight. With darker evenings comes a need for adequate light to brighten up our nighttime indoor activities. It also promotes a need for Light Therapy products, which help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder and the winter blues.

Whether eating dinner with the family, reading by the fire, or enjoying a puzzle, lamps with different brightness levels are needed to guide you in the evenings as we get used to earlier nightfall. From LED floor lamps to LED desk lamps and LED task lights, we have all the Lamps needed to customize light in every situation. We also offer a wide variety of lighting products that are specifically designed to help those with low vision.

In addition to Lamps, MaxiAids carries Light Therapy Products that are designed to help people who suffer from seasonal depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD) or the winter blues. Light therapy products mimic natural daylight in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with seasonal depression.

Dual Head LED Floor Lamp with Tablet Stand

2-in-1 LED Sewing Machine Light

Clarify LED Desk Lamp

Travel LED Task with Digital Display

Entice LED Desk Lamp- Wired

LED Desk Lamp with Charging Station

Dimmable LED Task Lamp, White

Sunrise Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp

Light Therapy with ClearSun LED

Day-Light Classic Plus Light Therapy System

 

Browse MaxiAids’ large selection of Lamps and Light Therapy Products for the darker days of winter as Daylight Savings Time officially comes to an end. We get an extra hour of sleep, but earlier nightfall requires a new need for alternative sources of light. All above products are available at MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294 for information.

01 September, 2021

Low Vision Desktop Calculators for the Office

For anyone in an office environment whether it’s an at-home office back out to your office location MaxiAids has low vision calculators for those who are blind or visually impaired.

Our collection of desktop Talking Calculators feature large LCD displays and are incredibly easy to use. Our desktop calculators can be used in the office or out on the go! We have something for everyone in the market for a low vision calculator, even talking calculators with headphones for extra privacy.

Browse our Low Vision Calculators with large numbers, talking calculators, portable calculators, and any calculator product needed to make your office day easier.

 

10-Digit Talking Calculator-Earphone-Talking Alarm

 

Desk-Top Talking Calculator

 

Low Vision Talking Scientific Graphing Calculator-English-Spanish

 

Reizen 12-Digit Jumbo Talking Calculator

 

Platon XL Talking Low Vision Scientific Calculator

 

Calculator Hybrid Power Business 12 Digits

 

Calculator W2-Linetrack Back

 

QuickProfit Business Calculator

 

Reizen 12-Digit Jumbo Talking Calculator w-Earbuds

 

Platon Talking Scientific Calculator

 

Whether you're looking for a portable calculator or one to rest on your desk, we've got you covered. Shop more Low Vision Products for the office today!

19 August, 2021

Bar, Handheld, Dome, or Stand Magnifiers for Back to School

Heading back to school means a need for low vision aids for visually impaired students. Whether you need magnifiers for reading, on-the-go, or with a light built in, our selection of Bar Magnifiers, Handheld Magnifiers, Dome Magnifiers, and Stand Magnifiers will help start the school year off right.

Reading aids are a necessity for back to school, as are computer screen magnifiers. All of MaxiAids’ Magnifiers are here to bring your world into focus. If you need extra help focusing in the classroom or during virtual learning, magnification devices can help!

We have a wide variety of magnifying products that can set you up for success this school year. Browse our selection of Handheld, Dome, or Stand Magnifiers for back to school in a range of magnification strengths for your convenience. 

 

EZ Magnibar Combo -2 Magnifiers -1 with Yellow and 1 Aqua Tracker Line

 

MagniBar LED Lighted 2x Bar Magnifier

 

10x LED Lighted Handheld Magnifier

 

3.5x Handheld and 3x Stand Magnifier Combo Kit

 

6x Hollow Dome Loupe Magnifier

 

Coil Visual Tracking Magnifier - Red Soft-Grip Rim

 

REIZEN 5x Dome Magnifier with Glass Lens

 

REIZEN LED Stand Magnifier - 7X

 

10x Handheld and Stand Magnifier Combo Kit

 

COIL UK Raylite 3 LED Stand Magnifier 3.9x 11.7D

 

Make back-to-school tasks easier by using any of MaxiAids’ Magnifiers. We also have Pendant Magnifiers, Electronic Video Magnifiers, Page Magnifiers, Hands-Free Magnifiers, and Professional Magnifiers.

02 August, 2021

Getting Back to School and the Office with MaxiAids Products Specially Designed for You

Getting ready to go back to school or return to the office? MaxiAids has you covered! Our back-to-school catalog has supplies to meet your every need! These supplies can be used in the morning getting ready for school or work, in the classroom or office, or even at home while doing homework. From talking calculators to bed shaker alarms, MaxiAids is here to make sure you have the supplies you need for a successful school year.

Reizen 12-Digit Jumbo Talking Calculator

Heading to math class? Need to do some quick math at your desk? This calculator is a must-have for low vision users. Its large, easy-to-see keys feature bold white numbers on contrasting black keys. Hear numbers out loud when buttons are pressed— calculations are spoken out loud as well!

 

GoTalk 9-Plus- Alternative Communication Aid

Those with speech and communication challenges will benefit from this augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aid. With a 45-message capacity and the ability to store 3 “core messages” across all levels, this device makes sure anyone can communicate with ease.

 

Sonic Alert Sonic Boom Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker SB1000SS

Heavy sleepers and hearing impaired users alike will love this Sonic Boom alarm clock and bed vibrator combo. With a 113dB alarm, adjustable volume settings, and a flashing light wake-up option, you’ll never miss an alarm again!

 

Reizen 3-in-1 Talking Super Cube Clock for the Visually Impaired

This cube clock is compact but powerful! With a press of the top button, it announces the time and date in a clear male voice. It also features a timer function!

 

Posture-Rite Lap Desk

Those in a dorm room or getting work done at home will benefit from this comfortable lap desk! Placing items at a 20-degree angle, this desk cushion is made from a comfortable fabric and only weighs 20 oz! Please note: color may vary.

 

Low Vision Notebook

Low vision users will have no problem writing or reading notes with this Low Vision Paper Pad. With .75-inch spacing between lines, this 80-page notebook has lines on both sides of the paper and makes note-taking easy.

 

BoldWriter 20 Pen- Easy-To-See Bold-Point- Black- 12 Pack

The ideal pen for those with low vision! These quick-drying bold-point pens feature an easy-to-grip design and are easy to see and read. This pack of 12 ensures you’re never without one!

 

PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System

This voice labeling system helps blind or low vision users identify everyday items, including their school and office supplies. It comes with 127 colored labels, 8GB of storage, and a helpful neck lanyard.

 

Prepare for the upcoming school year with these helpful tools and more! To browse our full collection, check out our back-to-school catalog here.

15 June, 2021

The Incredible Hulk Star Lou Ferrigno Gets Emotional After Successful Cochlear Implant Surgery

An emotional video of Lou Ferrigno, star of the classic TV show ‘The Incredible Hulk’, was featured on ‘Inside Edition’ and it’s showing just how emotional a successful cochlear implant surgery can be.

Ferrigno is shown getting choked up about the clarity of his hearing after the surgery. After a series of ear infections as a child, Ferrigno spent most of his life with severe hearing loss, so the results of the surgery blew this action star and two-time Mr. Universe away.

Ferrigno said the surgery is a “life-changing experience” because of the newfound confidence he has due to being able to hear again.

Watch the moment Ferrigno’s cochlear implant was activated and click here to read the full article >>

02 June, 2021

MaxiAids Motorized Scooters are Perfect for Summer Vacation

Looking to get out of the house and enjoy the warm weather? Electric scooters come in a variety of styles that make any trip easy and accessible. Whether you’re getting on an airplane or taking a stroll down the street, MaxiAids has a scooter for any use! Seniors, those with low mobility, or even those who just want to get around more easily can utilize these scooters for an easy breezy summer. Below are some of our favorites— take a look and find out which style suits your needs!

 

E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter- Sour Apple

Take this four-wheeled scooter out for a day trip— rain or shine! It features a helpful windshield that covers the front and top of the scooter, as well as a helpful foot brake. It can travel up to 15mph and can cover 40 miles in a single charge.

 

ZooMe Flex Folding Airline Friendly Travel Scooter

Fold this scooter up and take it anywhere. It fits easily on an airline or folded up in the back of a car, making it the perfect accessory for any trip. The ZooMe is ultra-lightweight and travels at a maximum speed of 4mph.

 

Victory 9 Three-Wheel Scooter

A compact scooter with a handy front basket, the Victory 9 is an incredibly versatile mobility aid. With three 9-inch wheels and speeds up to 13mph, take this scooter on any trip!

 

EWheels EW-29 Electric Trike Tricycle Scooter- Red

Two baskets make this the ideal scooter for errands, shopping, and more! A comfortable seat and optional pedals come together for a versatile, easy-to-use scooter.

 

EWheels EW-66 2-Passenger Heavy-Duty Scooter

Traveling with a partner? This 2-passenger scooter is sleek and sturdy with a combined weight capacity of 400lbs and a number of handy storage compartments.

 

E-Wheels EW-36 3-Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooter- Orange

This bright orange scooter can travel up to 45 miles on a single charge! It features a reverse switch, two side mirrors, comfortable armrests, and a large storage basket in the back. It even includes a digital anti-theft alarm!

 

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

This compact scooter gives you the option to stand or stay seated while traveling! Its removable seat and foldable steering column make it great for travel.

 

EWheels EW-52 Powerful Four-Wheel Luxury Scooter

Ride around in luxury with “The Cadillac of Scooters”! This elegant scooter features a digital dashboard, 3-speaker stereo system, and even a locking cargo box.

 

MaxiAids has mobile scooters for every occasion and need. Choose your favorite from this list or check out our full selection of motorized scooters so you can be ready for the summer!

26 May, 2021

Reizen Ball Games That Provide Outdoor Fun

Visually impaired people can have as much fun as anyone else with MaxiAids’ selection of low vision Ball Games. As part of our wide inventory of Recreational & Fun products, we have low vision aids that will keep everyone included in the outdoor fun.

Choose from adaptive audible balls for soccer, basketball, football, rugby, cricket, softball, and more! Beeping balls let visually impaired players know where the ball is going by its sound instead of using sight. For a more versatile low vision aid, we have a Mini Beeper that attaches to any ball. We also have balls with bells or rattles to let players know where to locate the ball when it’s moving.

Below are inclusive Ball Games for visually impaired users, so they can use their sense of sound instead of sight to locate where the ball is going.

 

Beeping Foam Football

 

Beeping Foam Soccer Ball

 

Reizen Firestorm Soccer Ball with Rattle

 

Reizen RockStar Rugby Ball with Bells

 

Reizen Samba Soccer Ball with Bells

 

Reizen Spiral Mini Ball with Bells

 

Star Soccer Ball with Bells - Yellow

 

Soccerball with Double Bells Inside

 

Mini Beeper

 

Get outdoors this spring and summer and participate in any ball game you want, with MaxiAids’ selection of low vision Ball Games. Browse now!

18 May, 2021

Take These Pocket Magnifiers Wherever You Go

As we slowly get back into the swing of life due to COVID-19 restrictions easing up, visually impaired people will need aids to assist them with everyday life. Some of those aids in particular are pocket magnifiers, which are perfect for on-the-go use.

When out in public again, we don’t have the comforts of home like we’re used to. Visually impaired people need magnifiers to read menus, see clothing labels when shopping & more, and pocket magnifiers can provide that in any setting.

Pocket magnifiers are available in a variety of strengths, including 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, and 20x. They are valuable to the visually impaired community in many ways, but mainly because they’re affordable and provide magnification in a pinch when small print is difficult to read without a magnifier.

Take the following Pocket Magnifiers with you wherever you go this summer, as we slowly get back to going out to restaurants, shopping, and enjoying the pleasures of life again.

 

Bausch and Lomb Folding Pocket Magnifier

 

Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier

 

Credit Card Size Dual Power LED Magnifier- 3x + 6x

 

Hi-Power Aspheric Illuminated Pocket Magnifier-11x

 

LED Lighted Wallet Magnifier 2x-6x Bifocal

 

Reizen Folding Pocket Magnifier - 4x Plus 4x Plus 4 -36mm

 

Reizen Illuminated Pocket Magnifier - 2.5x -5x insert 2 inch Dia

 

Reizen Illuminated Sliding Magnifier with Pop Up Lens - 2x or 5x

 

UltraOptix Compact Lighted Pop-Up 2x Magnifier

 

Zeiss Aplanatic-Achromatic Double Loupe-36D -9x

 

Don’t forget your pocket magnifier when you leave your house, you never know when you’re going to need it! For those with low vision, browse MaxiAids for all the best magnification products.