Best Home Security Systems for the Deaf

Finding a home security system that works for the hearing impaired or for the deaf can be difficult. Luckily, we have found some security systems that can meet these unique needs.

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What Sets ADT Apart ADT Security Services is a well-respected name in the home security market throughout the US and Canada. It’s also the largest provider in these areas. Each ADT-monitored security system is professionally installed by ADT or by...

System Features

  • Wireless or Hardwired
  • Pro Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Emergency Response
  • Home Automation

Best For:

  • Renters
  • Homeowners
  • Techies
  • Elderly
  • Rural
Travis Goodreauhttps://www.safehome.org/security-advisors/travis-goodreau/ Best Home Security Systems for the Deaf Finding a home security system that works for the hearing impaired or for the deaf can be difficult. Luckily, we have found some security systems that can meet these unique needs.

ADT

ADT is paving the way for accessible home security, and it’s no surprise, since this company created the first residential security system in 1874. ADT is now the largest provider of home security equipment and monitoring, with more than 8 million customers in the United States and Canada. ADT offers outstanding prices and an exceptional array of options. You can buy or lease equipment, or you can purchase monitoring for another company’s system. Here’s why ADT is our first and only choice of home security for deaf customers:

Pros

  • Home Automation
  • Indoor and Outdoor Cameras
  • Medical Devices Work Almost Anywhere
  • Environmental Disaster Prevention
  • Competitive Price
  • Free Professional Installation
  • 6-Month Money-Back Guarantee
  • Wireless or Hardwired
  • Cellular or Landline Connection

Cons

  • Professional Installation Required
  • 3 Year Contract
  • Licensed Third-Party Providers are Inconsistent

ADT home security systems are customized to fit your specific needs. Most security systems rely on audible alarms to alert family members that their alarm system has been triggered, but ADT gives you options. ADT is the only system on the market that can be customized for deaf and hard-of-hearing households.

The ADT Pulse system combines security with home-automation features that allow you to monitor, control, and manage your home when you’re away. A home automation system that is accessible remotely is standard with smart home packages, but Pulse allows you to control your home in multiple ways. You can use the Pulse app on your phone, on your computer, or on an interactive, in-home touchscreen that you can use anywhere inside your house. Pulse includes a panic button in the app so that ADT can send for help without any delay. The Pulse app allows you to control your home’s lights, thermostats, garage door, doorbell camera, indoor and outdoor cameras, doors, locks, carbon monoxide sensors, fire alarms, flood sensors, and window and door sensors. Anything that can be plugged into the wall can be automated.

In a customer testimonial, the Herman family recommends ADT Pulse for deaf families. All members of the Herman family are deaf. ADT Pulse lets them know what is going on in the house, since they can’t hear. They set up custom alerts and notifications so that the system alerts them by text and by email when the system is triggered. The family customized their system to include a strobe light above the control panel so that they can see when the security system is activated. The customized alerts also ensured that a representative from the monitoring center won’t call, since many deaf people don’t use the voice feature of their phone. Instead, the family communicates only by text, by email, and through the online-management system. You can do everything online without calling the company, which makes ADT Pulse “perfect for deaf people.”

ADT’s professional service is unbeatable. If you are thinking of adding a home security system, ADT will provide a free in-home consultation by a security expert who will help you decide which features and equipment fit your needs. An installation professional will install your home’s security with optimal positioning so that your entire home is protected. The installation professional can also teach you about home security and about any system specifics you need to know. ADT then takes professionalism to the next level with their 24/7 professional monitoring and customer service. With more than 140 years of experience, ADT has mastered the customized home security system.

Security Systems for the Deaf

Households with deaf family members can benefit from a security system, because it allows you to see what is going on in other parts of your home. The system will alert you to an intruder or an environmental danger. Essential elements of security systems for the deaf include cameras, home automation, and strobe lights.

Features of Home Security Systems for the Hearing Impaired

Home security systems for the hearing impaired are similar to security systems for the hearing, but audible features have been changed to fit the needs of a deaf customer. Here are some common features:

Online Management

Online management provides a way to monitor and control your home security system without having to use your voice. An online-management tool gives deaf customers the power to manage their home's protection.

Strobe Lights

A strobe light is an important element of home security systems for deaf customers. Strobe lights can be installed anywhere in the home to provide a visual alert that the security system has been triggered.

Remote Control

With automated security devices, your home security system can be controlled remotely through an app that you access on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also arm and disarm many systems with a keychain remote control.

Entry Sensors

Entry sensors are the first line of defense of home security, since they protect the entryways of your home. This makes them an essential part of your home security system, because they let you and the monitoring center know if an intruder has entered your home. These are especially important for deaf customers.

Email Notifications

You can customize your security system to send you email notifications when your alarm is triggered. The email will describe the event that triggered the alarm and allow you to dismiss or confirm the alarm. This type of notification is an important option for deaf customers who want to avoid phone calls.

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors serve as a backup for entryway sensors. They use infrared technology to sense movement in your home. You can program them to detect movement at different distances (short-range or long-range) depending on the needs of your home.

Mobile Notifications

You can customize your home security system to send you mobile notifications when your alarm is triggered. Mobile notifications come in the form of a text message with a description of the event. This allows you to communicate with the monitoring professionals from your phone no matter where you are. It also provides a great alternative to unwanted phone calls.

Control Panel

The control panel is where the magic happens. Everything in your security system runs through the control panel, which is often mounted on the wall beside a main entrance. The control panel allows you to arm and disarm your home’s security, communicate with the monitoring center, and program equipment on your system. Multiple control panels can be installed in large or multi-level homes to ensure that it’s never too far away.

Cameras

Indoor and outdoor cameras are an indispensable part of home security if you are deaf, because they allow you to see your home whether you’re in another state or just another room. With cameras, you can easily identify what triggered your alarm system so that you know whether it was a false alarm. An installation expert, like those at ADT, can help you decide the best placement for your indoor and outdoor cameras to provide your family with seamless surveillance when you need it most.

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
Written By
Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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6 Comments

  1. Avatar Lawrence says:

    will it comes with bright flashing light to put in the bedroom while I’m sleeping

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Lawrence,
      You can add a strobe light, yes.

  2. Avatar Ashanti Ryals says:

    Do ADT have options for bed vibrations or options for physical alertness while sleep? My 5 year old son will be be deaf and won’t notice a stobe light when sleep.

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Ashanti,
      No, ADT does not offer a vibrating bed option.

  3. Avatar Elizabeth says:

    Hi my name is Elizabeth and my email is ewbullock1982@gmail.com

    I was just wondering how much would it cost for the entire full Def and hard of hearing security system cost with video surveillance cameras where I can see on my phone and get text alerts because I am hard-of-hearing

    1. Avatar Andrew Garcia says:

      Hey Elizabeth! Thanks for commenting on our post today!

      While we do provide expert analysis and in-depth examinations of these systems, we do not offer direct and current pricing. Your best bet would be to contact the company you are interested in and asking them for their current pricing for packages that are deaf-friendly. Good luck, I recommend going with ADT for this purpose.

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