Remote Devices to Assist in Hearing Television

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Remote Devices to Assist in Hearing Television
TV-compatible headphones allow those hard of hearing to listen at a high enough volume even with other people around. (blonde woman with headphones in red image by Alexandra Shkaroupeta from

The simple act of watching television can be a frustrating experience for those with difficulty hearing. Fortunately, personal listening devices have evolved over the years, and today a number of companies have products available to help people who have hearing difficulties comfortably watch TV without bothering anyone else in the house.

Cordless TV Listener

Barr Productions offers the "Cordless TV Listener," a pair of headphones that connects remotely to a transmitter, which plugs into the television. The user connects the transmitter to the audio output jack on the back of the TV set. The company designed the headset to be comfortable and lightweight with cushioned ear pads. It works from 33 feet away, and multiple headsets can be used on a single transmitter. The device requires two AAA batteries and works with any TV or audio system with a 3.5mm jack. The package includes a stereo adaptor cord, a monoadapter cord, a 6.3mm stereo adaptor and a microphone adaptor.

TV Ears

"TV Ears" is a wireless headset that operates independently of the actual television's level of volume. The device has self-moulding ear tips to "create an acoustically sealed chamber for the ear," according to the product's website, The device blocks out room noise and increases the clarity of TV dialogue. The unit weighs 45.4gr and rests under the chin rather than over the head so it does not put pressure on the ears. Those with hearing loss will be able to turn up the volume to as high as 120 decibels. Users can install it by plugging the A/C adaptor into an socket, connecting the audio cables to the TV Ears transmitter and the audio outputs of the TV and turning on the wireless headset, using the volume and tone adjusters on the device.

Tek Remote

The Siemens "Tek Remote" is a wireless audio enhancement system that connects the listener's hearing aids to a number of devices, including the television. The cell phone-sized remote, which also connects to the TV via a transmitter, uses a rechargeable battery or a power cord and features easy-to-use buttons. The Tek Remote also has a tone control for sharpening voices or adding bass. The device allows you to turn the TV's volume up so it plays louder in your ears than those of other people in the room.

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