Rechargeable Hearing Aids as Seen on TV
‘Wow, did you see those cute hearing aids on television last night?’, a younger member of your family might ask. They may mention they look so small they are almost invisible, and they are advertised to flash charge in a few moments. If that sounds a bit you’ve heard before, we have disappointing news. Those ‘hearing aids’ As Seen on TV, are probably not hearing aids at all (although they may be rechargeable).
In this article, we review the various options as advertised on television as ‘ultimate solutions’ for people with hearing loss. Unfortunately, not all of those are genuine aids for diminished hearing. This is one industry you really need to shop with a skeptical eye.
Those Cute Hearing Aids are ‘In-Ear Monitors’
In-ear monitors are devices sound producers wear so they can mix various audio inputs at live performances, or when recording in studio. Nowadays, television teams use them as ‘hearing aids’ on commercial TV too. That way, they can listen to instructions from producers and hear what audiences hear and receive breaking news.
In-ear monitors are therefore not hearing aids in the true sense, although they are sometimes advertised on TV hearing aid commercials on that basis. However, they are often custom-molded so they fit seamlessly into announcers’ ears, and block out ambient sounds around them that might otherwise distract them.
In fact, if you were to try to speak to an announcer wearing them, they would probably not understand a word you are saying because you are ‘ambient’.
Technology That In-Ear Monitors Piggy-Back On
The difference between our rechargeable, digital hearing aids and these sound-control devices becomes even more obvious, when you compare how the sound travels to ‘hearing aids’ as seen on TV.
Blue Angels hearing aids capture sound waves directly from source and process them to make them clearer. While in-ear monitors and their base stations exchange voice data via VHF or UHF radio frequency and would be no use at all if we tried to use them as hearing aids.
If An Announcer Needs the Best of Both Worlds
Ambient sounds are free sounds we hear in given locations. Some of them, like conversations interest us, while others like kids screaming are a real pain. Sometimes, television announcers want to tune into those ambient noises.
This could be, for example, during an interactive television program with a live audience, or when they are ‘David Attenborough’ clones walking through a forest, and listening to sounds of wild life around them.
In this case, they may use modified in-ear monitors with small holes drilled through the molded ear pieces. This allows them to hear the ambient sounds naturally while being connected to their base station over a VHF or UHF radio frequency link.
Those Cute In-Ear Monitors are Not Hearing Aids At All
Unfortunately, that’s the end of the line for those hopes we could look like television announcers wearing in-ear monitors. Although the Blue Angels XP23 digital, rechargeable in-ear hearing aids we sell on this site for $597.99 a pair (including delivery) look mighty cute too.
So What Are My Options Then If I Am Hard of Hearing?
We dispelled any impression that television studio monitors could improve the quality of ambient conversation. This leaves you with two, well actually, three options counting down, if you are a smart shopper and are cost-conscious where your money goes.
YOUR THIRD BEST CHOICE – PERSONAL SOUND AMPLIFIERS
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) describes personal sound amplifiers as boosting hearing for a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, like many other ‘miracle hearing aids’ as seen on TV they are not much use if your difficulty is the quality, not the volume of sound.
You see, personal sound amplifiers simply increase the noise level and not the quality. And they do it indiscriminately, regardless of whether you want to let a noisy motorcycle drown out conversation or not.
YOUR SECOND BEST OPTION – THE HEARING AIDS ON COMMERCIAL TV
Television advertising costs a deal of money, as do luxury hearing aid stores in upmarket shopping malls. Their products are good, there’s no arguing that. Unfortunately, they cost more than they have to, because of the overhead. This would be a great solution if we could iron out those costs, which is exactly what Blue Angels Hearing does.
YOUR BEST CHOICE – PURCHASE GENUINE HEARING AIDS FOR LESS
The Blue Angels Range of Fine Hearing Aids
Blue Angels sell rechargeable, genuine digital hearing aids for less and they amplify the quality of sound to make it understandable. The saving comes from supplying direct-to-client on the internet, and managing overheads down to rock bottom. That’s why we don’t feature in TV advertisements and hearing aid commercials.
Over 30,000 satisfied customers found us on the internet instead, and paid considerably less to hear better. If you have mild-to-moderate hearing loss and are conscious where you money goes, why not reach out to us now and get your hearing back for less.
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