I wasn't really sure where else to put this at and my Google-fu must be off, because it isn't really helping me to find up to date information on what I'm looking for. Please let me know if I should move this elsewhere!
I have profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. I have hearing aids that help me function at an almost normal capacity, but there are still plenty of moments when it's clear that I don't have the same skills that others do when it comes to picking up/understanding certain sounds. So, naturally, when I first realized that I was pregnant, my first thought was to panic because what if I miss something important while I'm doing the dishes or something? Or what if my hearing aid battery dies while I'm home alone and sleeping and I don't pick up the sounds of LO crying and/or the monitor I have doesn't work well/isn't loud enough/etc. DH has normal hearing and will be able to help, but he works 12 hour night shifts, and I won't be able to rely on having someone else around on the nights he's not.
Basically, what I'm wondering is if there are any other deaf/hoh parents out there, or hearing parents who have used alert products that aren't sound-based only, and how well the products/strategies they used worked for them. I've been looking into products found in mainstream stores (like Babies R'Us, etc) and at products at specialty stores (like Harris Communications), and there are just so many vague/mixed reviews that I'm starting to feel pretty overwhelmed. Picking out a car seat was easier!
In return, since this board seems to be mostly made up of parents of special needs children, and not parents with special needs of their own (once again, sorry - if there is somewhere else this needs to go that I've missed, please point me that way): for those of you that have children with hearing loss, what really helped me out as a kid was reading. It started out with my mom reading books to me every night, and as I got older and was able to follow along with the words more, she made me read them back to her. That made a huge difference in both my speech and speech comprehension levels (I wasn't born with the loss, but it happened right around the end of my language development skills as a small child). I'm not a medical professional or an expert in hearing/speech therapy (and I don't advocate using reading to replace either of those things), but as a person who has actually experienced what it's like to grow up with hearing loss, I would still say that this was the number one thing to help me as a hard-of-hearing person in a hearing world.