Technology to make your TV and music more clear
There is also technology and assistive devices available that can help you better hear your TV or music.
If you use hearing aids, a hearing loop for your home can connect to your TV’s audio connections. It can help you hear the TV more clearly as it streams the sound from the TV directly into your hearing aids. You need to have the hearing loop setting on your hearing aid switched on. Your audiologist may need to activate the hearing loop setting for you first. Find out more about how to use your hearing aids here.
Prices for home hearing loops range from £80 to £200.
TV listeners let you listen to your TV at a volume you are comfortable with at the same time as the TV speaker. This means you can listen at a volume you prefer without disturbing others. They may also have features to help you hear the sound more clearly, including tone control and speech enhancement. They are normally made up of:
- A base unit or transmitter that connects to the audio output socket on your TV.
- A receiver. If you use hearing aids, you can use a device that connects to your hearing aid, such as a neck loop or ear hook. If you don’t use hearing aids, the receiver can be wireless headphones or earbuds.
Prices for these devices range from £100 to £300 for more advanced models.
TV and Bluetooth streamers
If you use hearing aids, you might find TV or Bluetooth streamers helpful.
- TV streamers are devices that you can connect to your TV set which will send the audio directly to your hearing aids. They need to be compatible with your type of hearing aid.
- Bluetooth streamers allow you to stream the audio of a Bluetooth device such as your music player or radio directly into your hearing aids.
Prices for streamers can range from £50 to £200.
Assistive listening devices
These are small, portable devices that pick up speech and make it louder. You place this close to your TV, radio or music player loudspeaker. Find out more about assistive listening devices here. Prices for listening devices are between £80 to £600 for more advanced models.
Get help paying for technology
You may be able to get help paying for technology from:
- your local council’s sensory services team
- your workplace, if you need technology to help you to work
- the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) scheme, if you are in post-18 education.