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TV Watching + Hearing Loss: 4 Tips for a Better Experience

Give Up the Frustration — NOT Your Favorite Shows!

Everybody in your household’s gathered around the television for a treasured weekly ritual — back-to-back shows on Netflix with a side of laughter, popcorn, and cliff-hangers.

But when someone in the group has hearing loss, settling on a volume that keeps everybody happy can be difficult and downright frustrating.

Don’t let it put a damper on the fun! With these four tips for TV watching, you can keep the good times rolling for everyone.

 

Optimize Your TV Audio System

Isn’t muffled dialogue the worst? Sometimes it’s a production’s poor miking or sound mixing. It could be a matter of fine-tuning your TV or audiovisual receiver’s settings — if available on your make and model — for voice clarity. Make sure the settings are optimized for the type of show you’re watching, whether it’s a dialogue-heavy drama, a musical, or a sci-fi blockbuster with epic sound effects.

 

Count on Hearing Device

Today’s cutting-edge hearing technology is better than ever at curbing background noise, focusing on the audio you want to hear, adjusting to specific listening situations such as TV viewing, and providing superior sound quality over what you’d otherwise experience. Working with Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Rosinko ensures the devices are programmed to meet your unique needs!

 

Stream the Sound

How about a direct pipeline of clear sound between the audio source and your device? Innovations such as the ReSound TV Streamer 2 — a small tabletop device — let you stream audio from your TV, stereo, or PC straight to your device at a level that’s customized to your needs without changing the volume for everyone else. Ask Dr. O’Connor or Dr. Rosinko which wireless innovations connect your hearing devices direct to your TV. The sound quality you will experience is customized and awesome, according to our patients who use TV wireless streamers!

 

Loop the Living Room

Audio loops or audio-induction loops, which connect to a device or cochlear implant’s T-coil setting to broadcast sound directly to individuals within the loop, aren’t just for public places such as museums, theaters, schools, churches, and medical facilities. You can set up a hearing loop in your own living room or media space as a DIY project or professional install!

Want more tips to improve your TV-watching experience? Have a few tricks of your own to share? Call today to schedule an appointment. We’d love to hear from you!