If your family has complained that you’ve got the TV or radio on too loud, it might be an early indicator of hearing loss. Perhaps it’s difficult to clearly hear or understand what’s being said, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to enjoy your leisure time. Follow these helpful tips if you’re starting to experience difficulty hearing the TV.
Tip 1: Monitor Your Hearing
Keep track of your usual “levels” and observe if they are different than the preferred listening levels of other people who use the TV or stereo. If everyone seems to prefer a level that is not loud enough for you, you may need to look into having your hearing tested.
Tip 2: Use Closed Captioning
Similar to subtitles you’d see in foreign films, closed captioning is text that appears on the TV screen. It not only provides the dialogue, but it also outlines the actions of what’s happening on-screen making it easy to follow along with the action. This extra information really helps your brain understand what is happening on screen.
Tip 3: Purchase Better Speakers for you TV
If you are listening to the sound of the TV from the speakers that are built into the TV itself, you are probably not ever going to hear it well. Most flat screen TVs have very small loudspeakers inside which are located in the back of the TV. These speakers are usually pretty low quality and are often pointing at a wall, or worse, they might be pointing at nothing at all. These internal speakers will never produce enough clarity to help you hear the TV easily. Investing at least $100 in a set of speakers or sound bar that will replace the TV speakers will help a lot to make it easier for you to hear.
Tip 4: Get Hearing Assistance
If you have disagreements over the volume level of the TV with your loved ones, consider booking a hearing test with the intent of obtaining some hearing help. Your hearing care professional can help to guide you on what your options are for improving your hearing, including how to re-adjust the settings on your TV or radio. If TV is the only area where you have difficulty, you may only need an assistive listening device that can be purchased over the counter to help you better hear the sound.
Tip 5: Upgrade Your Hearing Aid Technology
If you’re a big TV fan, upgrading your hearing aid to a model compatible with connectivity to your home entertainment system might be a dream come true for both you and those living with you. Thanks to the latest wireless technology, your favorite programs or albums might instantly go from fuzzy to crystal clear by sending the TV signal into your hearing aids using BlueTooth technology.
If you’re not sure whether you need a hearing aid or want to learn more about maximizing your hearing health, book a consultation with us today.