An alternative mouse is a variation of the "traditional" mouse. Alternative mice usually are designed to help accommodate individuals with various fine motor limitations, spasticity, or other gripping limitation. For example, an individual who cannot grip a traditional mouse due to arthritis, carpal tunnel, or a hand injury may be able to move a cursor effectively with a glidepoint, trackball, joystick, or other device. Examples include:
- Breath and Mouth Controlled Mice
- Eye Controlled Alternative Input
- Mousing Surfaces
- Tongue Touch Keyboards/Mice
52. Alternative Mice - Limiting Tremors
These alternative mice options were designed to reduce the effects of tremors and spasticity.
53. Amplified Stethoscopes and Related Products
Medical professionals with hearing loss may find it difficult to use a standard stethoscope. The following resources offer amplified stethoscope products for individuals who are hard of hearing, who cannot place ear tips in the ears due to ear deformity or hearing aid use, or for individuals who work in noisy environments and need amplification or noise attenuation.
For informative articles regarding stethoscopes and hearing aids, see Stethoscope Solutions for Hearing Aids and Stethoscope Hearing Aids: Keeping Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss Connected.
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing who are working in the medical field may also want to take a look at a website devoted to medical professionals, the Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses (AMPHL).
54. Animal Care
These are products for animal care. They are designed for pets who are elderly, injured, or who have disabilities.
55. Animal Lift Tables
Veterinary aids that automatically lift and secure animals during examinations or procedures.
56. Anti-fatigue Matting
Anti-fatigue matting provides a buffer between the floor surface and an individual's body. These mats are available in a variety of sizes and often can be custom made. These mats are designed to relieve fatigue for individuals who have to stand for prolonged periods. Wearable anti-fatigue matting is also available.
57. Anti-Glare Filters for Fluorescent Lights
Filters for fluorescent lights allow the fluorescent to more closely resemble natural sunlight, and reduces reflective and veiling glare.
58. Anti-Glare/Radiation Filters for Computer Screens
Anti-glare filters are designed to help relieve eyestrain, fatigue, headaches and the stress associated with continued viewing of computer monitors by reducing glare. Anti-radiation filters help eliminate exposure to radiation emissions. Some products provide both anti-glare and radiation protection. These types of products can also be found at office supply stores.
Some filters are designed to hang over or attach to the top of the monitor. Other filters are made of a thin film that attaches directly to the screen surface.
59. Anti-vibration Gloves
Anti-vibration gloves dampen vibrations at a wide range of frequencies. Individuals affected by hand vibration use anti-vibration gloves with materials that lessens the effects of vibration from power tools, hammers, and other pneumatic devices.
60. Anti-Vibration Seats
Seat covers designed to reduce stress and strain from vibration and shaking from vehicles.