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Oh. My. God.

So on a trip to the audiologist yesterday, we picked up a gadget called TV Ears. It's basically a set of headphones that picks up audio via infrared - it works with your TV, most movie theaters, playhouses, even (theoretically, haven't tried it yet) the telephone. It amplifies and clarifies sound with user-controlled tone and volume.

Now, I've tried *many* devices that do this, or claim to - none of them have really cut it. It helps, a little, but not really enough to make a difference.

These things? OH. MY. GAWD. I have 95% speech comprehension without even looking at the TV. I can hear esses. These work better than my hearing aids do, and something about that is just wrong! (in a good way)

Now, it's definitely the honeymoon period. I have yet to try these with anything other than the TV. We're going to try to catch a movie in the next couple of days, and I'll have to see if I can plug them into the phone. And, of course, these don't do a thing for face-to-face communication. But I am more excited about these than I have been about a hearing-aid gadget in a loooong time.

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leora
Jul. 20th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
That's nifty. I hope they continue to impress you.
00goddess
Jul. 20th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
That is awesome! I hope they work for you in other media as well.
rev_blacky
Jul. 20th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
(Just remember, I still have the hookup for free movies if you're ever interested!)
inaxismundi
Jul. 20th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
Wow! Awesome!
tailerouge
Jul. 20th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! I'm so happy for you.
z111
Jul. 20th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going to recommend this to my mom. Thanks!
maeghanne
Jul. 20th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah for hearing better!
pangaia93
Jul. 20th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Nice!
Thanks for pointing this out. They sound like a very handy thing to have. I know my mom-in-law would like it, and I'm usually turning on the subtitles option on my DVDs so I don't miss anything...
babalonyieh
Jul. 20th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
That is very, very cool!
tavalon
Jul. 24th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
I'll have to recommend that to Matt
Though he usually opts for the closed captioning rather than turning up the volume, especially with West Wing which those of us with no hearing difficulties can struggle with. I just hate that they change the wording. Would it be so hard to actually put the words that the characters are saying?
jnanacandra
Jul. 24th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll have to recommend that to Matt
What I've gathered is that captioning is done from the original script, and if words get tweaked during shooting, the changes don't make it through to the captions.

This can occasionally be hilarious, though, when a line gets censored incompletely; there was an episode of 'Father of the Pride' where we heard the line "Shouldn't you be out getting something pierced?" and read "Shouldn't you be out narrowly avoiding pregnancy?"
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