Watching TV can be quite difficult if you have some hearing problems. Sometimes even turning the volume up to maximum doesn’t make it better. Hearing loss does not appear only in adults, children are also affected by it, and they really like using their smartphones or laptops to watch their favorite series or movies.
If you are noticing some hearing problems it is highly recommended to have your hearing checked and until you do that here are some tips on how to improve the TV sound.
Play with the TV audio settings
Most people avoid playing with the TV settings. However, if you have hearing problems this can be quite useful. Most TVs have numerous audio settings you can change in order to make the sound better, and in case you don’t like the results of your modifications you can always revert the changes back.
In fact, all you have to do is to find Sound or Audio in the settings menu and see if there are any presets. It is great if your TV has a preset which enhances dialogues.
At the same time, the settings may have a so-called night mode. This setting flattens the sound so there is no huge difference between a normal conversation and an explosion. If your TV has this night mode select it and see if there are any improvements in the audio for you.
It is also good to check whether your TV has a surround sound feature which will definitely help. In some cases, you will be able to boost the audio coming from the center channel, which is normally dedicated for dialogues, and lower the volume coming from the surrounding speakers.
And finally, if the TV has a so-called User mode you will see an equalizer which will allow you to adjust many different frequencies.
It is definitely to try all the options we have mentioned here so give it a try. We hope you will be more than satisfied with the results.
Wireless Headphones and Earbuds
When it comes to wireless headphones or headsets specifically designed for those who have hearing problems we have to mention the so-called “stethosets”. These are practically headsets in the shape of a stethoscope and are specially designed for the hearing impaired. On the basic level they function by boosting the dialogue related frequencies. One of the best products in this field are TV Ears, which use a tiny base unit which has a transmitter and you connect it to the TV. On the other side there are headphones in the shape of a stethoscope, so the audio is separated for the hearing-impaired person and the others. There are also other headphones and earbuds that can improve your TV audio so finding the right pair of earbuds won’t be a problem.
Another great way to improve the sound coming from your TV is a sound bar. Some sound bars even come with integrated speech enhancement technologies. This technology simply increases the audio frequencies related to the human voice.
A loop system is a great option for people who are already using hearing aids. For example, you have to connect an amp to the TV output and then place a wire around the room. The system then sends electromagnetic signals which can be collected by a small receiver which is already a part of most hearing aids. The best thing with this system is that the reception is excellent no matter where you are in the room.
You can also connect a media streamer to your TV which will then send audio to your hearing device. The good thing here is that it can send the sound from your TV, smartphone or tablet directly to the hearing aid. However, you have to be careful and check whether the media streamer is compatible with your hearing device.
And finally, one of the options which is very helpful is the closed caption function. It basically allows you to read the captions and the dialogue on your screen. And the captions have to be extremely detailed and represent exactly what’s being heard on the TV at the moment.