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April 8, 2014

Personal sound amplification products can help seniors

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The best options available today are wireless infrared or radio frequency systems that come with standard or stethoset headphones. Sennheiser (sennheiser.com, 877-736-6434) makes some of the best TV listening products sold today with prices running between $250 and $350.

If hearing over the telephone is a problem, a handset or in-line amplifier can be added to your phone for a few dollars, or you can purchase an amplified telephone. Most amplified phones allow you to adjust the volume and tone for better clarity, and they usually come with extra loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert you when a call is coming in.

Some top makers of these products are Clarity (clarityproducts.com, 800-426-3738), ClearSounds (clearsounds.com, 800-965-9043) and Serene Innovations (sereneinnovations.com, 866-376-9271), with prices ranging anywhere from $30 up to around $300. Or, see if your state has a specialized telecommunications equipment program (see tedpa.org), which provides amplified telephones for free. 

· Personal Sound Amplifiers: For better hearing in noisy environments, your husband should get a personal sound amplifier that’s designed to amplify hard to hear sounds (like voices), while reducing background noise. Able Planet (ableplanet.com, 877-266-1979) offers two excellent products that fit the bill that are worn either in-ear or behind the ear and run $475 or $500 for one or $850 or $900 a pair.

To help improve hearing at home or in quieter settings, or if your husband has high-frequency hearing loss, check out the Bean Quiet Sound Amplifier by Etymoyic (qsabean.com, 888-389-6684). This product, which is worn in the ear, provides amplification to high frequencies more than low ones, making speech easier to hear and understand. Cost: $700 a pair or $375 for one.

If these are too pricey, there are also a number of small hand-help amplifiers that come with a small microphone and ear buds that can increase volume without all the other features.

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