TV too quiet for you yet too loud for others? TV hearing aids solve precisely that problem.
TV hearing aids are a super idea that effectively allows one (or more) people to watch the television simultaneously at a personalised level of sound including volume, balance and tone. The television volume from its usual speakers remains unaffected. TV hearing aids also provide a clearer and louder dialogue with a better balance between the background music/sound effects and the spoken word.
How do they work
A TV hearing aids is a comfortable headset and a base unit. The base unit normally charges the headset when not in use and is connected to the TV to wirelessly broadcast the signal to the headset. The headset has adjustable volume, tone and balance controls for a completely personal listening experience which once set up, does not need to be changed every time you use them.
How do I connect them up
Every TV listener needs an audio signal from the TV to broadcast to the headset. To obtain the audio signal, it needs to be connected to the "audio out" options which vary by TV. The most common connection options are via a SCART socket or the Red & White audio out sockets (often found with a yellow socket which is for video out and not required for the TV hearing aids connection). In addition, many headsets can connect by the headphone socket (normally a green 3.5mm socket) but beware connecting in this fashion may cut sound to the TV speakers and so is not the ideal solution if others are watching. More recently, some TV listeners connect via the Digital Optical Out audio out option. This connection option is needed as some very recent TV models do not offer any of the more standard connection options.
Which one is best and why
If budget is not the first consideration then we would recommend a model that uses radio wave transmission rather than infra-red. The difference between the two is that infra-red requires constant line of sight between the headset and the base unit (much like an infra-red TV remote which will not work if something blocks the transmission from it to the TV). Even something as simple as raising a cup or a glass will result in a drop out of signal and a second or two to regain the connection after line of sight is re-established. Radio transmission eliminates the need for line of sight and provides a much more stable connection. Two different styles of headset are available irrespective of transmission method. One is a traditional headphone with ear muffs and a headband; alternatively you can go for a stethoscope style with ear buds that are placed in the ear.
Our most popular TV Hearing Aids...
Amplicomms TV2500 Wireless - The TV2500 is our most affordable radio transmission TV listener. It provides continuous connection to the TV without line of sight to the base unit. The high quality stereo sound can be adjusted for tone, balance and volume and it comes with a spare battery on charge while one is in use. Another useful feature is the facility to switch to a microphone on the unit to allow conversation while wearing - you can then switch back to the TV signal input at the end of the conversation.
Geemarc CL7400 Wireless - One of the very few TV listeners to come in the traditional headphone design, the CL7400 model provides supreme listening comfort and excellent sound quality. Through radio based transmission, uninterrupted sound can be adjusted for tone, volume and balance and the headset charges on the base unit when not in use. We would recommend this model for use over longer periods of watching and in particular for movies where its dialogue focus comes into its own.