Television can be an important source of information and entertainment for an older adult. But, when a senior suffers from hearing loss, the television can be a source of frustration for them, and for everyone around them. People with hearing loss often turn the volume up on the television to a level that is annoying to everyone else in the room. Or, they may just avoid watching television because they can’t make out what people are saying. If you’ve noticed either of these scenarios with your parent, there are ways you can help them to enjoy television again, without driving everyone else crazy! Below are some devices and tips that might help.
There are special wireless headphones made especially for use with the television. They work with a transmitter box that plugs into the headphone jack on the television. Wireless headphones can make sound clearer for the user. They also help to eliminate background noises that can interfere with hearing.
A sound bar is a speaker that attaches to the television and does a better job of amplifying the sound than the built-in speakers. The bar sits above or below the television. Each bar contains multiple speakers. Some even work like surround sound in a movie theater. Others come with a subwoofer to amplify the bass. As an added bonus, many have Bluetooth capability, so your parent can use them to listen to music from their phone or another device.
Hearing Aids with Bluetooth
Some of the hearing aids available today come with Bluetooth technology that can work with a transmitter box attached to the television. This allows your parent to receive sound from the television directly through their hearing aids. They can even adjust the sound level independently from the sound coming out of the television’s speakers using a remote-control device or an app.
Don’t neglect the low-tech option of using closed captioning on the television. Even when other devices are used, turning on the closed captioning can help your parent to catch even more of what is said.
If your parent suffers from hearing loss, a home care service provider can help them in many ways. First, a home care provider can assist them with using devices and adjusting television settings. They can also help your parent to use and care for their hearing aids, a job that can be difficult for older hands that aren’t as nimble as they used to be. A home care provider can also answer telephone calls that your parent may have difficulty hearing.
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