TV Headphones for the hard of hearing are the ideal way to enjoy your favorite programmes without turning the volume right up and disturbing others.
These TV headphones let you listen to the TV at the volume that is most comfortable for you without having to change the TV volume for the others watching enabling you all to enjoy the same programme at the right level.
Also known as 'Wireless TV Listeners' these products consist of a 'base station' that is attached to your television, set top box or computer/mp3 player. An infrared signal then beams the sound to a pair of comfortable headphones allowing you to enjoy programmes at the right volume for you.
Different models will have varying levels of amplification with some models amplifying to 125dB, strong enough to let you move without interfering with the quality of the sound.
The transmitter, such as that of the Amplicomms TV 150 Wireless TV Listener, can cover areas of 1225 sq.ft. so you can listen to the TV even if you leave the room.
The TV headphones sit around your neck and allow easy manipulation of controls. They are also very convenient for people wearing glasses, as they do not cover your ears. They are very light so you will quickly forget that they are there - a typical example is the 45g model Geemarc CL7300 wireless TV listener.
Wireless TV Listeners to Consider
The Geemarc CL7300 Wireless TV Listener offers large, easily accessible buttons on front to adjust the volume: with a rechargable base station. Additional headsets can be purchase for other hard of hearing viewers.
The Amplicomms TV 150 is a wireless amplified headset. High quality sound transmission, for personal amplification of a variety of home entertainment items – TV, CD Players, PC/Laptop, MP3/MP4 players. Stereo transmission ear phones deliver CD quality stereo sound with amplification up to 120 dB.
What makes the hard of hearing TV headphones so helpful for those with a hearing loss is that they put emphasis on dialogue and provide clarity of the voice, speech, tone (bass and treble) and different pitches. Many TV headphones reduce the noise so that the sound that you hear is with improved quality. The TV listeners let you control not only the overall volume but adjust it for the different ears, as it is common that hearing loss in one ear can be greater than in the other.
Hard of hearing TV headphones can be used regardless if you have a hearing aid or not. Hearing aids are not usually designed to provide the TV watching experience at the quality the TV headphones can. However, TV listeners are not a substitute for a hearing aid and are limited to use with infrared or radio transmitted signals.
If you are looking for a T-coil compatible device that will send the signal directly into your hearing aid (if it has a “T” setting), you can take advantage of room loop amplifiers such as the Geemarc LH600 Loop System (currently out of stock,, contact us for details). Once you set it to the desired level, you need just to switch the TV on and you will not need to wear any additional devices when you are in the room. It works via a tiny wire that goes around the room you want to listen in. Your hearing aid will then pick up the signal from the magnetic field that has been created by the current in the loop and deliver it directly to the ear.
Hearing Direct are one of the UK’s leading hearing aid specialists, stocking an expansive range of hearing aids, phones and accessories. Your hearing health is important to us and we produce the best advice and offer the most prominent products available to satisfy your listening needs.