Our Guide to Extra Loud Alarm Clocks
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 | Paul
Extra loud alarm clocks are a great solution for the hearing impaired as well as for particularly heavy sleepers. But there are lots of options and some confusing jargon, so we've put together a quick guide to lead you to the best option.
How Loud Are Extra Loud Alarm Clocks?
A standard alarm clock might measure in at about 60dB, but our range of Extra Loud Alarm Clocks include clocks that reach an impressive 90dB! The loudness of the an alarm clock depends on how close it is to your ears (see our guide below for more information) but at 90dB, some of our alarm clocks are the equivalent of having someone revving a motorbike in your bedroom or shouting at you to wake up.
How Do Decibels Work?
Decibels (abbreviated to dB) are basically a measurement of how loud sound is, however it is important to know how far away from the source of the sound you are. For example, the Geemarc Amplipower 50 is the loudest amplified telephone on the market with a volume of 60dB. This doesn't sound like much, but 60dB is incredibly (almost painfully) loud when pressed up directly against your ear.
How Loud Is a Decibel?
Decibels work on a sliding scale – the difference between 20dB and 30dB is less than the difference between 70dB and 80dB, for example. To help you visualise how loud our phones are, we have compiled a simple guide of volumes and their equivalents.
Who Can Use an Extra Loud Alarm Clock?
There are two types of people for whom extra loud alarm clocks are a great idea: people that are hard of hearing and people that are heavy sleepers. We offer alarm clocks that are ideal for all levels of hearing impediment, including people that cannot hear whatsoever, for example the Geemarc Wake'n'Shake Dynamite, which features both visual and physical alarms.
Top Tips for Heavy Sleepers
Extra loud alarms aren't just for the hard of hearing, they can also be a great tool for anyone who finds themselves sleeping through their morning alarm. Beyond volume, there's a whole range of features to take advantage of in these alarms.
Are There Alarm Clocks for Deaf People?
For the deaf and hearing impaired the most important features will depend both on your level on hearing and on the individual way your body reacts to sound and other stimuli. We've put together an easy rundown of the features often available in extra loud alarm clocks.
Great Features For The Hearing Impaired:
How Do I Pick the Right Alarm For Me?
If You're Looking for a Bright Alarm
If your priority is a bright alarm there are plenty of options. The red light on the Dynamite Extra Loud Alarm Clock offers a warmer colour, which is less abrasive than the white alternatives but still bright. A standard white flashing alarm would be the Star Extra Loud Alarm, but by far the brightest we offer is the Wake 'n' Shake Light Vibrating Alarm which produces a powerful and natural sunrise effect.
If You're Looking for The Loudest Alarm
If you browse our Vibrating and Extra Large Alarm Clocks you'll see plenty of alarms offering a 90dB alert. The top all round picks include The Wake 'n' Shake Curved Clock and the extra large Wake 'n' Shake Jumbo, but it's worth browsing to see which specific options and styles appeal most to you.
If You're Looking for a Compact or More Subtle Option
There are some excellent extra loud travel alarms, which offer a more versatile experience to a mains powered clock. Our top recommendation is the Wake 'n' Shake Voyager, which is not only a versatile and easy to customise option, but also battery powered and slightly quieter (75dB at 1m) than the alternatives. So it's is also a great option if you're worried the loudest alarms might get complaints from your neighbours.