There’s nothing more relaxing after a long day of work or chores than sitting on your couch and watching TV. But if you have hearing loss and wear hearing aids, it can be more difficult to enjoy this activity without bothering your family with the loud volume. In this post, we review strategies to help you hear better while watching TV.
Strategies for Watching TV with Hearing Aids
According to one study published in the journal PLOS ONE, “The most frequently used compensation strategies were changing TV or HA volumes and using closed captioning. Only few HA users used audio streaming accessories.” We break these strategies down below.
The tendency of many people, whether they wear hearing aids or not, is to turn up the volume on their TV. But if you live with other people, this can be a nuisance for them, and it may even hurt their ears.
Instead, we recommend adjust the volume on your hearing aids. Sometimes, all you need to do is turn up their volume so you can hear the TV well while it’s at a comfortable volume for those in your house who don’t have hearing loss.
If turning up the volume on your hearing aids isn’t providing enough, you can always turn on closed captioning so that you don’t miss any of the dialogue. This can be helpful for everyone in your household, so you can all enjoy at a safe volume.
There are a few ways you can stream audio to your hearing aids.
First, if both your hearing aids and your TV have Bluetooth capabilities, you can use this feature to stream the TV audio directly to your hearing aids. In this way, your hearing aids will essentially act as a wireless headset for your TV. Talk to a sales rep at Best Buy in the McGowin Park about upgrading your TV to a model with Bluetooth.
Second, most hearing aids have a telecoil feature. This allows you to stream the sound pulse straight from your TV to your hearing aids. This will help with background noise reduction, and the audio will automatically be adjusted to the settings on your hearing aids.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Premier Medical Group today.