Dr. Amy White discusses the function of TV streamers. No longer the wearable technology of the past, TV streamers are small devices that send sound from your TV directly to your hearing aids. This allows you to listen to TV at a comfortable but audible volume, and allows your family to watch at a volume that they can enjoy. For more information, watch the video below.
Hi, I’m Dr. Amy White, audiologist and owner at Elk Grove Hearing Care. Today I’m here to talk to you about TV streaming through hearing aids. Now TV is one of the most important things that most patients want to hear better. It solves – it creates a lot of arguments between spouses or loved ones in the house when someone has to turn the TV up way loud and blow everyone else out of the room.
Now hearing aids and TV don’t always work well together by themselves. The reason is hearing aids are most sensitive at a conversational distance, so any time you sit further than a few feet away from a sound source, the hearing aids aren’t as good at picking up the sound. Oftentimes we don’t sit that close to our television – we’re sitting much further away – so the hearing aids have a harder time picking up that sound source.
So the way hearing aid manufacturers have gotten around that is to create TV streamers or little boxes like this that plug into your television, and what this box does is it emits a wireless signal that is then received by an antenna in the hearing aids, which allows you to hear the TV directly through your hearing aids, just as if you were wearing a headset or headphones. This gives you control over the volume of your TV separately, so the other people in your home can have the TV volume where it’s comfortable for them, and you have complete control over a volume that’s comfortable for you.
Now in past years, this used to require you wearing a streamer or some sort of device around your neck. The devices around the neck called streamers used to be required for hearing aids to communicate with any other device like a cellphone or a TV streamer. Nowadays, however, that’s becoming less and less frequent; most hearing aids now can be paired directly to these TV streamers, and they will automatically just kick the TV into your hearing aids whenever they’re turned on – no more streamers to wear.
If you’d like to learn more about TV accessories and how to hear it better, come see us at Elk Grove Hearing Care.