2016 guide to buying TV Ears – Hearing Aids for Watching TV

If you are losing your hearing and are struggling to hear your TV this page is for you. Here you can find out everything you need to know about buying a TV Ears hearing device that has been specifically designed to work with your TV so that you can hear your favourite TV programmes. This guide covers:

  • What a TV hearing aid is
  • How television hearing aids work
  • What makes these hearing devices different from other hearing aids?
  • Who can use TV hearing devices?
  • Reviews and rating of the hearing amplifiers made by TV Ears
  • The best place to buy them

What is a TV Hearing Aid?

A  TV hearing aid is a device that has been specifically designed to help people to hear their television better. There is a lot of demand for this kind of device, because when people start to lose their hearing, one of  the first thing they struggle with is watching the TV. 

What makes these hearing devices different from others?

Hearing devices that are specifically designed to be used with televisions work in a slightly different way from devices that are designed to be worn in the ears for daily use. They specifically enhance speech sounds and tone down background noises like the soundtrack. Not to the point where you cannot hear it at all, but enough so that the dialogue is clear.

Regular hearing aids, worn in the ears enhance all sound. This allows people with a hearing impairment to hear cars approaching and things like that as well as speech. As you can see when you are out and about hearing all sound is important. However, it can make it hard to hear a conversation clearer. 

When you are watching the TV to follow the plot you need to hear the dialogue clearer and need to hear the other sounds only in the background. Television hearing devices allow you do this.

How do TV Ears Hearing Devices Work?

There are two main types of TV Ears hearing aids. Some you wear in your ears, others look a bit like a home theatre system or standalone speaker.

Both types of devices work by enhancing the sound of your television. Essentially, they work primarily by cleaning up the sound and enhancing the frequencies, which most people with hearing loss cannot easily hear. Once the sound has been cleaned up, it is crisper and much easier to understand.

This fresher cleaner sound is then amplified and delivered to the room. In families, where everyone is suffering from hearing loss the sound can be delivered into the room via a high quality speaker.

In those families where only some watchers need an aid to hear the television the headphone type device is best. 

The configuration of these headphones varies. For comfort, most firms make them so that they fit in the ear and can be worn hanging down. This means that you can rest your head on the sofa without the headphones digging into your scalp.

Who can benefit from Using TV Hearing Amplifiers?

One of the nicest things about this type of hearing amplifier is that anyone can use them. In many homes members of the family who do not have any problems with their hearing end up using them.

It allows the kids to enjoy listening to their favourite band while watching them on the big screen without disturbing anyone else in the house. Some people who live in flats use them to ensure they do not disturb their neighbours. 

However, they are really designed for people with hearing loss to use, and it does not matter what the cause of the hearing loss these TV amplifiers will make a positive difference. 

Will TV Ears Work With any TV?

TV Ears makes devices that will work with both analog and digital TVs. They work with most makes and models.

What kinds of devices do TV Ears Make

OK, now you know a bit more about TV listening devices we are going to tell you about the five different versions you can buy. They are all made by TV Ears, who, as the name of their company indicates, only makes hearing devices for TV users. One of the best places to buy TV Ears is via amazon. 

The fact that this firm has been working only in this field since 1998 is why they make such good TV hearing enhancement devices. They have a deep understanding of the technology behind TV audio. Knowledge they have used to produce products that make watching the TV a joy again for those with impaired hearing.

TV Ears 5.0 Analog

If you prefer headphones and have an analog television, you need the TV ears analog headset. These headphones enhance the sound of speech while lowering the level of background noise. 

It is a great system because only the person with the hearing loss needs to hear the enhanced sound. The television can operate at the volume preferred by the other people, so effectively you get two types of audio being delivered to those watching the TV. 

If you fancy watching TV at night or early in the morning, you can do so without any danger of disturbing anyone else in the home. This applies to everyone because these headphones can be adjusted for use by people without any hearing issues.

To use all you need to do is to connect the transmitter to your TV. If you prefer you can plug it straight into your TV cable box or satellite box. All you need is an analog port on your TV, or box.

The system is wireless and is very compact. You can use the transmitter as a cradle for the headphones when they are not in use. This is great because you always know where they are and do not run the risk of them being sat on and crushed.

Because these headphones are worn hanging from the ears rather than sitting on the head they are very comfortable. They do not pinch and will not ruin your hairstyle. 

If you start to nod off while watching TV, they will not wake you up when your head lulls back against the sofa or chair back. These headphones are lightweight, which means once you have been wearing them for a few minutes you easily forget you are wearing them. 

However, if you prefer you can wear them like a regular pair of headphones. The bar is narrow and lightweight, so these headphones are far more comfortable than most other kinds.

Comfort is enhanced by the fact that they have angled foam earpieces. These blocks out all unnecessary background noise, which further enhances your listening experience.

TV Ears 5.0 Digital

Given the fact that more and more TVs offer digital sound it is now possible to buy a headphone set that is specifically designed to work with digital televisions.  This system allows you to benefit fully from the enhancements offered by modern digital sound systems. They are compatible with all TVs that use Dolby, SRS or PCM standards. Importantly, they work independently of your televisions speakers.

These headphones look the same as the analog headphones and offer the same benefits. However, because the components used inside the headphones are lighter they are even more comfortable. They weigh just 2ozs.

Many audiologists recommend this particular form of TV hearing device.

TV Ears 5.0 Dual Digital

The next product in the range is the dual digital headphone system. This is the most powerful TV listening headphone system. It features twice the number of light emitting diodes of the single digital system.

Instead of one set of headphones, you get two. This is great for couples who are both losing their hearing. The price is also cheaper if you opt to buy two on amazon.

TV Ears Wireless Speaker

The speaker system is essentially a wireless television speaker. It is designed to pick up the audio from the TV, clean it up and deliver it at a comfortable volume into the room. The system uses Voice Clarifying Circuitry that has been specifically designed to enhance the dialogue. 

You can turn the TV volume right down or turn it off completely if you prefer and enjoy the clean, clear and crisp sound produced by this wireless speaker system. 

It is designed to fit on a shelf or a table near the TV. This gadget looks good and blends in well with modern TVs.

Typically, you get 90dB of volume delivered across the room to where you are sitting. This is loud enough for most people with hearing loss to hear, without it being overwhelming for everyone else in the room.

To install it all you need to do is to plug it into your TV. It works with both analog and digital televisions. If you prefer you can plug it into your cable or sky TV box. Click here to view the technical specifications.

A summary of the features

  • Dialogue enhancement
  • Works with Dolby, SRS and PCM audio TVs
  • Looks good
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • 90 dB volume
  • Easy to install

TV Ears 5.0 Dual Digital with Speaker

For the best of all worlds, the dual digital and speaker system is the one you want. You get two sets of headphones and the standalone speaker.

This gives you the option either to listen with the speaker alone or to use the headphone set. One or two users can use the headphone system, while others benefit from using the speaker. How you use the system is entirely up to you.

It is this flexibility and the double power of the headset system that has led us to give this system our top rating. 

Where to Buy the Best TV Listening Devices

The full range of TV ears are available on amazon and where possible, we always recommending buying from amazon. With amazon you get buyer protection and if anything goes wrong you know exactly who you need to go back to.


  1. G. Owen Towns says

    I have used the 2.3 Analogue (double headset system) now for several years and have been highly delighted with the upgraded level of the sound for my slight hearing problem. Low TV sound mumbles and dialects and similar problems – they were marvellous but I have just updated my DV and the 2.3 is no longer usable. A lovely TV picture but my enjoyment ruined by the sound side. Why cannot manufacturers concentrate as much on the audio as the video? So I have been searching around and have found the 5.0 Dual Digital Headphone system (and speaker which when bought with the package works out at about £60.00 extra) so I think I will be going that way although the cost is quite high – Unfortunately several reviewers seem to be not very happy with the quality and service of this product recently – I hope if I take the plunge and buy I will live to regret it. Excellent dealings with “tvears” personally up to now. I hope it continues.

  2. Owen Henney says

    While I would be interested in buying through Amazon, where could I see these products and perhaps experience a demonstration of them working?

    I live in Woody Point on the Redcliffe Peninsula which abuts the Northeast boundary of Brisbane; my postcode is 4019.

  3. David Holdsworth says

    i want to help elderly friends learn about TV hearing aids. They do not have a computer. Have you anything on paper to help?
    David Holdsworth

  4. mike jambon says

    How do I know what kind of set is best for me?
    Does the hgher priced one tells me they are better?
    Can the type of ear tip be change d for a better comfort one?

  5. catherine Mulvaney says

    I got those Hearing ears as a matter of fact I got two pair in the last 2 years and both times something went wrong with them they really are not good value for the money, I would like to know if there is another one on the market that I can try I would be great full if you can send me the name and where I can get one in Dublin Ireland.

  6. Neil Emery says

    In response to Kenneth’s question – I have yet to purchase TV Ears but was just reading articles to work out what would be best for my father-in-law because I need to do something before the rest of my family become deaf!
    I found the user manual for 5.0 digital on-line which implies that your TV ears should have come with three connection wires. If you use the RCA analog cable to connect to a hotel TV this should fix your problem. If you are on your own you may also be able to use the 3.5mm audio cable which is normally easy to connect because TV manufacturers often put 3.5mm sockets on the front or sides of TVs so you do not need to get to the back of the TV. The only problem with this type of cable is that it will normally disable the TV’s internal speaker when connected so only of use if everyone listening has a set of TV ears.

    • Jenny Whitcliff says

      Hi Thomas – No it wont cut off the sound to others watching the TV. They can have the volume set at a level comfortable to them and you can have your TV ears set at a level that you want.

  7. says

    TV ears work GREAT.
    For a while that is.
    They have this 5 years LIMITED warrantee.
    Let me tell you what Limited means.
    When they quit working, they will give you a replacement for ½ price, if over 6 months.
    I bought most likely 8 sets from Costco. This was the Analog 2.3 models. One time I bought 2 sets and put one in the closet because I knew I would need them.
    I called TV ears to see if they had a better set that would last longer. OH yes. We have a wonderful set for $229.00
    They still break just as easy.
    I called and told them they break easy. Well. You ARE plastic, they say.
    I just can’t win. My mother is 91 . She hears sounds but they can be gargled. Even with hearing aids.
    TV ears, actually have a great thing going for them. We are set up, they KNOW these will not last, and the people will keep buying them. Because the work for a WHILE..

    Beware. Don’t waste your energy or money. It is never ending, and the people that need them, have to do without TV when they break. Which they will.
    PS for this 5 year warrantee. They have a “Convenience charge” of 19.95 if you have them send you a replacement before you return the old one.

  8. Cathy LaCour says

    I have not seen anything about picking up other noises in the house such as dogs barking etc. Are there any that just pick up the TV such as in an FM unit?

  9. says

    I have purchased three of these. They all break in the same place and the “warranty” surprisingly doesn’t cover this. Amazing, isn’t it?

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