It can be annoying trying to watch TV and not being able to hear it very well. This can be caused by many reasons such as old age, illness or not being close enough to the TV to hear it.
Whatever your reason for needing a hearing amplifier for watching TV, finding the best solution can be difficult.
In this article, we will go over the best hearing devices we found to help with watching TV. You will also find reviews of the latest models and brands along with their best features.
Best Hearing Amplifiers for Watching TV
After several months of trial and error, we found the Avantree hearing amplifier to be the best overall for watching TV. There are several reasons we came to this conclusion.
Convenience- To start, they were the easiest to setup and worked well with different types of TVs. They have several different ways to connect them to your TV such as, USB, Optical, RCA and Coax.
Sound Quality- Another reason that put them above the other hearing amps in our review was the quality of sound they provided. Avantree specialize in hearing devices such as headphones and earphones and have been around for a while. You won’t notice any audio lag which is common when watching talk shows on TV.
Compatibility- Finally, they have built-in Bluetooth transmitter that’s compatible with smart TVs and Smart Phones. They have a range of up to 164 feet without any interference with wireless router and electronic devices.
The most common type of hearing devices people use when watching TV are considered “Over-the-Ear”. We found the ones by Artiste to be better than the rest in this category for the following reasons.
Comfort- The ADH300 have very soft padding on the headband as well as the ear muffs. This is especially important when watching movies or multiple episodes in a single session.
Sound Quality- Another reason that we chose the Artiste hearing amps as one of the best for watching TV is the quality of sound. This is due to the 2.4ghz RF technology they use to connect directly to the docking station. However, you will need to be sure your TV has either an RCA (Red/White) or Coax input for these to work.
The next hearing device we found to help with watching TV are the EUBW20 by Maihear. These come in a familiar headphone design, very much like the ones you get with your smartphone or iPhone.
Noise Cancelling- One of the best features of these headphones is their ability to cancel background noise while watching TV. This is great for noisy homes and you can use them outdoors to help block background noise, such as restaurants.
Long Battery Life- All hearing devices require batteries to work. The Maihear headphones have a battery-life of up to 10 hrs and can be fully charged within 2-3 hrs. You can charge them using any USB charger which includes your laptop or smartphone.
Under-chin devices are another type of hearing amp to help when watching TV. The SM-824D1 by Simolio have many of the features mentioned above, except for the noise cancelling.
Easy Setup- The best feature we noticed was the “No Pairing” required. This means you can use them straight from the package without any setup or connection between the headphones and wireless base.
Long Range- The 2.4ghz wireless connection can easily go through walls and floors. It has a maximum effective range of 100ft without delay. You do need to make sure your TV has one of the following audio outputs: Digital Optical (Toslink/SPDIF), RCA or 3.5mm Aux port.
Flexible and Adjustable- Finally, the Simolio under-chin headphones are very flexible and can be adjusted to be more comfortable. You have the option of either using the over-the-ear mounts or the flexible under-chin cord.
What to Consider When Shopping for a TV Listening Device
There are several features to look out for when shopping online for the best TV hearing amplifier, some more important than others.
Wireless vs Wired
The most important feature you should consider is whether or not you need a wireless or wired TV listening device. This all depends on the location and distance you will be from the TV.
A wired TV listening hearing amp will provide a better listening experience compared to wireless. You also won’t need to worry about replacing your batteries in the middle of your favorite program or show.
On the other hand, a wireless option may be the way to go if you are not comfortable with having wires on the ground while watching TV. This can be a hazard to others as well as yourself.
Many wireless TV listening devices can serve as double purpose. The most common being the latest Apple Airpods. Apple has designed them to help work hand-and-hand with the latest iPhone to help with hearing impaired.
Range and Distance
Figuring out the distance and effective range of your new hearing device is crucial to improve your TV listening experience. You need to measure the furthest distance you will be from your TV and make note of this.
After taking note of the optimal distance, be sure to add another foot or two to account for getting up and out of your chair.
Getting a hearing device with Bluetooth will allow you to use it in several applications besides watching TV. Going back to the Airpods we mentioned before, you can use them as headphones to listen to music, making and receiving calls along with many other tasks.
But if you’re only going to use them for watching TV, you may want to skip on getting Bluetooth and save your money instead.
Many of us use streaming online services such as Hulu and Netflix. Be sure to look for a hearing amplifier that’s compatible with online streaming.
Type of Hearing Device (BTE – OTE)
Another major feature to consider before getting a hearing amplifier is how they will fit over your ears. The 2 main types are Over-the-Ear (OTE) and Behind-the-Ear (BTE).
An OTE device provides the best TV listening experience, if you don’t mind its bulky size. They are also less likely to break or get lost.
On the other hand, a BTE device will provide better features and are more portable. You can take them along with you to public places and use them to help improve your hearing at your favorite Movie Theater.