The Need for TV Hearing Devices
Worldwide, millions of individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss struggle to hear the TV, resulting in uncomfortably loud volumes. While compensating for their hearing challenges, the TV volume becomes unpleasant for others.
For those with some degree of hearing loss, the experience of watching TV is frustrating. The solution is often more complex than simply turning up the volume. As Dr. Meredith Scharf of Manhattan Audiological Services in New York told Consumer Reports in a recent interview:
“We see this issue quite a bit, especially with our older patients. It’s not just volume; it’s clarity any time there’s a high background level of noise. It can be with speech and conversations, as well as with TV.”
To enable better hearing of the TV at normal levels without impacting others in the room, there have traditionally been a number of TV hearing device options, all with their own pros and cons. (expand sections below for more detail)