Alarm clocks are a popular way for waking up. They produce a loud abrupt sound that sends an "alarming" message to the brain, increase the adrenaline level and make us immediately alert. Although many people use their phones to wake up, those who are hard of hearing or are heavy sleepers often do not benefit from a regular alarm clock or a mobile phone alarm as they will not hear or be sufficiently disturbed by the sound of the alarm at all.
Very loud alarm clocks are not a novelty and a variety of models exists. They are particularly useful for people with a hearing problem that have difficulty hearing the standard alarm clocks. Many loud alarm clocks are also equipped with other helpful features such as vibrating pad for use under a pillow, , bright flashing lights, etc. thus catering for a full set of stimuli for waking up.
At hearingdirect.com you can find a wide range of loud alarm clocks, both digital and analogue, , from leading manufacturers such as Geemarc
and Sonic Alert.
Usually the loud alarm clocks offer amplification to around 90dB. However, depending on the need and the hearing loss you can choose an extremely loud alarm clock with a volume increase to up 113dB. Such a clock is the Sonic Bomb SBB500SS Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock - the world's loudest alarm clock. It also comes with a vibrating pad that you can put under your pillow.. The display is bright red and allows for easy adjustment in a dark room. In addition, when the alarm goes off it is accompanied by bright pulsating lights that will light the whole room and together with the high pitch sound and the powerful vibration will wake the deepest of sleepers.. It can be used both by very heavy sleepers and by people with some degree of hearing loss.
A similar clock is the Sonic Alert SB200SS Vibrating Digital Alarm Clock that can produce extremely loud sounds, again to up 113dB. This model can be used as a travel clock too as it is small and convenient. It has an adjustable volume and tone, a dimmer switch, a snooze button and a vibrating pad.
Depending on your specific hearing loss you may benefit from very loud alarm clocks that do not produce sounds above 100dB but in the range of 80-90dB. Below you can find a list of some very loud alarm clocks
that you can find at hearingdirect.com: