Baby Monitors for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

(Contributed by: Lauren G.)

Technology: Baby Monitors for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

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Inventor: William E. Shaw

When invented: Early 1900s

Purpose: To help deaf people through everyday life in situations where they need to be alerted of something such as a baby crying.

How does this Affect the Deaf Community:   In the 1900’s, this played a big part in showing that deaf parents were capable of raising a child. It helped them be able to know when the child was crying and in need of assistance. William E. Shaw went through his own custody battles for his son because people found him and his wife, both deaf, unfit to raise a hearing child. He won both cases, got custody of his son, and proved to his community that deaf people are more than capable of parenting [1].

How does it work:

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“Alerted the parents by either shaking their pillow or through flashing lights” [1].

A lamp with flashing lights flashes if it detects sound, which sends messages to a vibrator (threw a transmitter) that vibrates and can be put under someone’s pillow so they can be alerted that the child is making noise [3].


[1] “Muddy River Musings.” : Deaf Inventor Aids the Deaf. N.p., n.d. Web.  02 Dec. 2014.

[2]”Baby Alarm – Nightingale Vibrating Alarm.” Home. N.p., n.d. Web.—Nightingale-vibrating-alarm (pictures) 02 Dec. 2014.

[3] “Household Devices.” N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.


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