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TV Ears

TV Ears

Thanks to Beatrix on the forums for suggesting this gadget.

For the average person, this gadget is totally useless and looks extremely geeky. However, for a very niche market, this thing is great. For those who have absolutely no idea what TV Ears is, it’s a TV hearing aid.

TV Ears allow you to hear what the people on the TV are saying without having the volume cranked up all the way, even for channels you can barely reach with your TV antenna outside.

This background sound elimination is done via the microchip built into the headset. It lowers sound below 100hz (the background sound) and raises sound above 1,000hz (speech).

You can control the volume, tone, and balance controls to better suit whatever hearing condition you have. There’s no special TV you have to own, either. TV Ears work with pretty much all TVs, DVD Players, VCRs (please!), stereos, and game consoles. Sound is transferred by 95 kHz infrared, which means good enough sound quality.

The headset itself is powered by a rechargeable battery, which should last 2 years before needing to be replaced.

For anyone with a hearing condition that has trouble listening to the TV, and doesn’t mind looking terribly geeky while watching it, TV Ears is a good product, although the price tag, $150, is a bit high. But if it works for you, it’s easily justifiable.

Testimonials and information on where to buy can be found on the TV Ears site.

3 thoughts on “TV Ears”

  1. I bought TV Ears at Costco recently and paid only $79.00. I am not hard of hearing. I just wanted to be able to watch television at night without disturbing the rest of the household while they sleep. I love them but have found that the rechargeable battery only lasts about 3-4 hours before giving out and needing time-consuming recharging. This is disappointing.

  2. The best price I could find was at Costco $79.99 at the store. These other places are too high.

  3. Costco now has them for $49.00. I paid $179 originally and got an extra for $49. They saved our marriage. My husband needed the TV so high it was awful. Now the TV can be silent or as loud as I want. We have had the first set for about four years and the battery is as good as the first time we used it. My husband put the headset in the recharged every night and it is fully charged every day. The headset can also be used at movie theaters, concerts, church services, council meetings, or anywhere else a microphone is used.

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