Watching TV with Hearing Aids

If you are struggling to hear while watching TV then this experience, which used to feel relaxing can quickly become a source of stress. You may try to turn up the TV in order to hear better, by turning up the television can distort the sound, be uncomfortably loud for others in the room and can even do more to damage your hearing in the long run. 

If you became used to turning up the TV to an extreme volume while others around you complained then hearing aids are most likely a welcome relief. Even so it can sometimes be difficult to watch television with hearing aids. This was especially a problem in the past when feedback and distortion was a problem that tormented hearing aid users. 

However, today there are more features, and supporting devices to help make your television experience nearly effortless.

How hearing aids interact with your TV 

When you wear hearing aids while watching television it makes it possible to listen at the same level as someone with healthy hearing. You will be able to follow along with dialog and be more alert of what is happening. Most modern hearing aids have features, which can focus and illuminate the sounds coming in front of you while blocking out sounds from peripheral directions. All it takes is for you to face the TV screen for those sounds to be prioritized. 

If you struggle to hear the television then your audiologist may actually be able to program a setting in your hearing aids, which is specifically honed to make the sounds of the television crisper. When you are finished watching television you can switch back effortlessly. 

Assistive listening Devices 

Assistive listen devices (ALD) are amplifiers that bring sound directly into the ear, separating sounds in speech from background noise. Some ALDs are compatible with hearing aids while others can be used without. When you use ALDs you eliminate the risk of unconvincing others in the room with the volume which best suits you. 

You can use headphones or even stream sound directly to your ears using your hearing aids in some instances, improving clarity and avoiding dealing with distracting background noise. Some common forms of ALDs include, wireless headphones, wireless streaming devices and loop systems for vocal clarity.

Wireless Bluetooth technology

To make things even clearer there are now options on your hearing aids, which allow you to connect wirelessly from your hearing aids to your television using Bluetooth technology. Once the Bluetooth is paired with your hearing aids it often just takes the touch of a button to connect and disconnect from your television, to stream directly TV sound to your ears.

Telecoils and Induction loops

Many current models of hearing aids are telecoil compatible, making it possible to live stream sound to your hearing aids. A telecoil is a tiny copper wire in your hearing aid, which picks up sound from an induction loop.   An induction loop creates a magnetic field in a room that can actually transmit sound to your telecoil in your hearing aid, providing you with streaming from TV to hearing aid. 

Home versions of induction loops include a device that may send out it’s signal from on top of your TV or by being inserted into the audio jack of your television. In public spaces there is often an induction loop installed around the perimeter of the room like a church, auditorium or movie theater to send sound to multiple hearing aid users at once.

TV headphones 

If you haven’t invested in hearing aids yet but are still struggling to hear TV headphones can be a good temporary solution. TV headphones transmit sound from a device plugged into your TV audio jack and send the signal to your headphones. Some models  do this using infrared light. If there are multiple listeners in your home who struggle with hearing loss, TV headphones can deliver sound to multiple users. 

Finding your best solution

If you feel overwhelmed with all the options out there we are here to help. Our team will run through your options and figure out what you need to make television an engaging and relaxing experience for everyone in your home.