Watching a TV can be an issue if you got some level of hearing loss.
In some cases, the problem is even worse if you do not wear hearing
aids. There are many solutions for both the cases, whether you use
hearing aids and weather you don’t.
One classic problem with watching TV, is that you want to increase the volume while the rest of the people in the room claims it’s too loud…
In a case like that, you might need something that will amplify the sounds for your ears only.
If you already use some device for amplification, you might come across another issue - the sounds of the TV are not aligned to the picture. Meaning, you see the news, and the lips movement of the host are not aligned to what you hear.
I usually divide the different solutions as follows:
I’ll try to describe the different options available on the market and will give some examples.
This is a very popular and widespread option. It is most popular with elder people that don’t want to have hearing aids for whatever reason.
When you use one of these systems, you typically place a transmitter
next to the TV and a receiver next to you, or on you.
These solutions are also common. Its great advantage is that they
can work with most hearing aids. As long as you have a T-coil option in
you hearing aid, this should do the work for you.
It works pretty similarly to what I described above, with one (major) difference: The receiver sends the sounds directly to your hearing aids.
Here is a general description of how it works:
This diagram illustrates how it is done:
Here is a video of a device for TV and hearing aids. I don't know how is the product, but it illustrates well the concept of how it works.
Most of the hearing aids companies got solutions that work with their own hearing aids. They develop this device to connect your TV to your hearing aids. Since they develop it tailor made for their own hearing aids, many time this solution will work best.
Some of these devices are planned to handle only TV, but on many
cases, the companies come up with a device that does lots of other
stuff. For instance, it can connect your hearing aid not only to the
TV, but to other audio sources around the house.
Typically, you place some transmitter next to the TV, and you use additional device as the receiver. The receiver sends the signals to your hearing aids usually using one of these methods:
There are many solutions out there. If you use TV often, it can really improve your life quality. Some of the solutions are not too expensive, so it’s worth checking.
I write this for the sake of hearing aids users that find themselves confused by all the wireless terminology and misunderstandings. Therefore, I try to keep things as simple as possible and I simplify things to make them clearer. In addition, the discussion here is in the context of hearing aids and hearing aids’ users. I don’t try to cover the entire wireless world here, and therefore, all the data is observed from the angle of a hearing aid user and for his/her benefit.