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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sources of Talking Blood Pressure Monitors

Whether you're an athlete hoping to maintain peak fitness, or someone with a health condition that requires close attention, it's important to keep track of your blood pressure. Several companies offer "talking" blood pressure monitors that make it easy for folks who are blind or visually impaired to keep track of their pulse and BP rates.

Most of these units are lightweight, and can easily be toted from home to work, school, trips or just about anywhere else your busy life takes you. The following manufacturers and distributors offer blood pressure monitors with audible features which make the devices accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

(note: APH does not endorse products. Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement.)

1. Tiresias
This web site is an information resource for professionals who work in the field of visual disabilities. Its managers have compiled a list of blood pressure monitors with speech output features. Follow this link to view the Tiresias list, or use the contact information below.

Royal National Institute for the Blind
Falcon Park
Neasden Lane
London NW10 1RN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 8438 9071
Fax: +44 20 8438 9094

2) A&D Medical
A&D Medical manufactures and distributes a full line of advanced electronic blood pressure monitoring equipment and health care products for home and professional use under the "LifeSource" brand. The LifeSourceTalking Auto-Inflation Blood Pressure Monitor has a cuff that automatically inflates at the touch of a button. When the measurement is complete, the pulse and pressure results are spoken in a clear voice announcement. The unit automatically shuts off after four announcements of the results, or may be stopped at any time by the user. Large, medium and small cuff sizes are available. Comes with large print instruction guide; braille and audio manuals available upon request. Price: ranges from $169.95 to $189.95.

A & D Medical
1555 McCandless Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
Toll-free: 1-888-726-9966

3) Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
CLB offers a wide range of health-related products through its "Visionary Store." It offers the following talking BP device:

  • Talking Blood Pressure Cuff: No details available.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1120 20th Street, NW
Suite 750 South
Washington, DC 20036

4) Maxi-Aids
A distributor, Maxi-Aids sells a number of BP monitoring devices, including:
  • Tel-Blood Pressure System Talking BP Monitor
  • Automatic Digital Wrist BP Monitor
  • OMRON IC Automatic Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Talking Auto Inflation BP Monitor

42 Executive Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735
Toll-Free: 1-800-522-6294
Phone: 1-631-752-0521
TTY: 1-631-752-0738
Fax: 1-631-752-0689

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