Most Americans prefer to fill their spare time watching television than doing just about anything else, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nearly 80 percent of people living in the United States are watching TV on any given day. It’s a form of entertainment without much physical work or mental work, making it a great way to relax. Still, even deeper than that, people who create TV shows know how it affects the brain. Watching your favorite TV series can encourage the release of dopamine, which creates a sense of euphoria.
Regardless of why you like the shows you like, it’s important that you can enjoy them fully. Do you find that you have been using the subtitles or closed captioning to follow along when you watch TV? Do voices sound muffled making it hard to follow otherwise? It could signal some degree of hearing loss. The good news is that when you admit you have an issue and start using hearing aids to hear better, not only will it make it easier for you to communicate every day with friends, coworkers and family, but there are several devices to help you hear better when it’s finally time to rest.
Best Hearing Devices for TV
Even a mild hearing loss can cause difficulty understanding the television and making an experience which should be relaxing, completely stressful. You may be tempted to turn the TV up to a level where you can hear, while the other members of your family complain about the booming sound from the TV. This can create nightly squabbles which build tension into the family dynamic. The good news is that when you admit you have an issue with hearing loss it allows you also to take action around your hearing loss. Aside from hearing aids, many devices are designed so you can watch TV at a listening level which is safer for your ears and will allow the other members of your family the ability to enjoy TV with you.
Wireless Headphones for TV
Not everyone with hearing loss needs hearing loss. Those whose hearing loss is not severe enough to warrant hearing aid may enjoy wireless headphones which pair with your TV. Wireless headphones have a connector which plugs into the headphone jack of the TV which sends a Bluetooth signal to your headphones. This helps to eliminate any interference of background noises in the room, while delivering clear crisp sound. The good news is that there are dual volume controls on most Wireless TV headphones: One
Wireless Streaming Devices from TV to Hearing Aids
If you have a hearing impairment, wearing hearing aids will help you to hear the television better. Based on your latest hearing exam, hearing aids will amplify the tones and pitches specific to your hearing loss. However, in a big room and for families who love to talk while watching TV it can still be hard to hear. The good news is that many hearing aids now come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to wirelessly connect to the audio of your television, so you can hear with the same enhanced audio quality you would expect from your hearing aids in any other circumstance.
A loop system is a magnetic field that is placed around the room or in a personal neckloop worn around the listener’s neck. While this technology is used in public places like train stations, auditoriums, places of worship and even banks, they can also be used to enhance your TV listening experience with hearing loss. When you wear a personal neckloop it works much like a copper wire around a room, creating a magnetic field which can send audio signals directly to your hearing aids. To interface with a loop station you often have to simply switch on the T-coil (telecoil) setting on your hearing aids and enjoy TV audio streamed directly to your ears.
The benefit of a loop system is that the hearing aids do not need to be wireless for it to function. They only need to be telecoil compatible, which is helpful for people with older models of hearing aids.
Enjoy TV with the Whole Family
To find out more about the wide world of hearing amplification technology compatible with your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can test your hearing and find the best solution so you can enjoy television again with the whole family.