Using existing settings on your TV
There are ways to change the existing settings on your TV to make it easier to watch. You can access your TV’s settings through on-screen menus, using the remote control.
Many TVs allow you to adjust the treble and bass settings. Increasing the treble (higher pitch sounds) can make speech clearer, particularly ‘S’, ‘T’ and ‘F’ sounds. Reducing the bass (lower pitched sounds) can help as excessive bass can mask the high pitched sounds.
Some TVs have an advanced tone control (or equaliser) which allows you to boost or cut different audio frequencies. If you struggle to hear a specific pitch of sound, you can boost it to make it easier to hear.
Some TVs allow you to listen through the TV speaker and headphones (if connected) at the same time and have separate volume adjustments for each. This means you can listen through the headphones at a volume you prefer without disturbing others.
Some TV speakers may also have a speech enhancement setting. This should make it easier to hear dialogue over background music and sound effects. TV manufacturers may call this setting by different names such as ‘Clear voice’, ‘Voice enhance’ or ‘Dialogue clarity’.
Most TV and set-top boxes such as Freeview, Sky, Virgin and BT have subtitles. You can choose to switch subtitles on or off through your remote control. If you’re watching a programme that has subtitle content, the subtitles will appear when you switch on this function.
Some programmes don’t have subtitles or have subtitles of poor quality. Find out more about how we are improving access to television.
Some TV programmes will have sign interpretation. You can find out which ones do on the service provider’s TV guides (which you access via the set-top box’s remote control) and the broadcasting channel’s website.