Watching television is a favorite past time for many, but it can be difficult to enjoy a favorite sitcom or movie if you have hearing loss. We will discuss TV Ears and how they can help restore the enjoyment of catching up on your favorite shows without missing out on what’s happening.
What Are TV Ears?
If you don’t know what TV Ears are, you might be thinking about the “rabbit ears” that people put on their television to get better reception. TV Ears are wearable hearing devices that can help television viewers have better sound clarity when watching television, without the need for turning up the volume on the tv set.
TV Ears is also available as a wireless speaker that is typically set up nearby for the tv viewer who needs the volume amplified.
Hearing aids that are designed for individuals who have hearing impairments and are worn on a daily basis and help enhance all sound. Daily hearing aids don’t always make watching tv a pleasant or easier experience (and often doesn’t help with clarity of dialogue among characters).
TV Ears are designed a little differently; they enhance and clarify the dialogue on the television while toning down background noises (like music or special effects) on the television program.
While TV Ears ideal for individuals who struggle with hearing loss, they may be beneficial to individuals who want to listen to the television at a different volume than other viewers in the same room. This listening device can help a family enjoy a show or movie together without someone complaining about the volume being too loud or too soft.
How Do You Hook Up TV Ears?
Many people who are interested in a TV listening device like TV Ears may be hesitant to try it out of fear that it may be too complicated to install and set up. Whether you have an analog television or are using TV Ears on a digital television, it’s easy to hook up the device.
We will discuss the basic setup steps, but you should always refer to (and keep) all directions that come with your TV Ears product.
For TV Ears Headset Users
Step 1: When selecting the placement of the transmitter, it’s best to make sure that the infrared diodes on the transmitter are in-line with the headset and that nothing blocking the signal.
For optimal performance and connection with the headset, the transmitter should be placed on a flat surface about three to five feet from the ground and pointed in the direction of the seating area (and headset).
Step 2: After plugging the AC adaptor into the transmitter (and into the nearest outlet), you can plug the transmitter into your tv, satellite, or cable box. Depending on whether you have an analog or digital television, you will either use an RCA audio analog cord or an optical digital audio cord.
You will plug one end into the “Digital Audio In” port on the transmitter and the other end of the cord into the “Digital Audio Out” on your television; you know you have plugged it correctly when you hear a “click.”
Step 3: After you have properly installed the cords, you should charge your headset before using; a full 14-hour charge is recommended. A light on the charging cradle should light up when you have the headset(s) resting on the cradle correctly.
Follow these installation steps if you are using a TV Ears speaker rather than the headset.
How Do You Work TV Ears?
If you install TV Ears correctly, it is an easy device to use. For optimal performance, it’s important to remember that you need to use your device in an open area and in direct line of sight with the transmitter.
When wearing the headset, make sure that the logo is facing forward (towards the transmitter). People often describe wearing the headset like a stethoscope. Controlling the volume is easy; just use the dials on the headset.
TV Ears Tips
While TV Ears are easy to install and even easier to use, there are a few tips to consider to make your experience more enjoyable and to lengthen the life of the device.
Best TV Ears
There are a number of TV Ears devices that are better suited for some than others. The device you choose depends on the type of television you have and how you choose to experience clearer sound when watching TV.
The best, and most popular, TV Ears option is the TV Ears 5.0 or TV Ears Dual Digital. Dual Digital comes with two headsets and will work on an analog or digital television. The manufacturer recommends Dual Digital for households where two people want to control the volume and need voice clarification.
It’s also a great option for someone who watches more than fours hours of TV a day and wants to have a fully charged headset as a backup.
TV Ears Reviews
Users of TV Ears enjoy the ability to control the volume of the television without disturbing (or fighting with) other television viewers in the same room. Many users are surprised by the clarity and are happy that they no longer miss out on important details about the storyline or a breaking news story. A majority of TV Ears users think the device is comfortable, easy to install and use.
TV Ears Parts and Accessories
Wondering what else you can buy for or with your TV Ears? Check out some parts and accessories.
TV Ears Parts and Replacement Parts
The TV Ears parts that you will most likely need to replace are the batteries and the earbud tips. To ensure that your TV Ears keep working at best performance, you should always purchase the parts from the manufacturer and use caution when purchasing from a third party.
TV Ears Headset
While most TV Ears devices come with one headset, you can order more than one headset. If you prefer a wireless headset that covers more of your ear (much like headphones), you can order that style.
TV Ears Speaker
Many TV Ears users opt to use the headsets or headphones when watching television. If you prefer to watch television without a headset and still enjoy voice clarification, a wireless speaker (which you can set up nearby) is an excellent alternative.
TV Ears Battery
With proper care and use, your TV Ears headset battery should last up to two years. Before replacing your battery, talk with a customer service representative to make sure that you need a new battery. Replacement batteries are available through the TV Ears manufacturer.
TV Ears Hearing Aids
If you suffer from hearing loss and struggle with traditional hearing aids, you may be the perfect candidate for TV Ears hearing aids. Much like other TV Ears devices, the hearing aids are designed to focus on voice clarification and toning down background noise. There’s no need for a prescription to benefit from these hearing aids.