The Perfect Solution for the Hard-of-Hearing!
I would use a Libratone speaker (or system) in my home for my hearing loss.
My wife and I sit side-by-side about 20-feet from our fairly new LCD flat panel display. The display has L/R audio out jacks so we run that thru our old AV receiver. This way, we can get amplified audio while using only the TV remote for level control.
I can always SEE the picture well enough but I have real trouble with understanding what people sre saying unless the amp is set high for me. Even then, I miss a lot. However, my wife has EXCELLENT hearing, and my amp level blasts her out, especially the commercials! It's good she sits close by because there's a constant stream of "Whadhesay, whadshesay, ehhhh!"
To help fix this problem, I decided to set one of my old, wired AV-system speakers on a table next to my chair and, voila!, I could immediately hear what people were saying with TV audio set at "wife-level." Audio is now "crystal clear" compared to audio sent from a distant speaker... proximity to the speaker makes all the difference in the world as to clarity and volume required!
The only "drawback" to my setup is that the speaker is wired, so I had to run its cable across our front-door entrance, behind the couch, and up to my table. It works well but looks like hell.
My wife's sister is also hard of hearing, worse than mine, and she lives in Fed-subsidized housing, where neighbors often complain to the manager about the high level of her TV audio. We've tried earphones and earbuds connected to her TV's earphone jack, but she has rheumatoid arthritis with gnarled hands and can barely maneuver the earphones/buds, plus they hurt her ears. Her long-term arthritis meds have made her skin and bones "delicate."
She came over awhile ago, sat in my chair next to the speaker (as we planned), and watched some TV with my wife. I heard her exclaim, "I can hear what they're saying!"... another voila! moment... even though my wife had the audio level very low for her sharp ears.
She wants a setup like mine, but she has no AV receiver/amp to run a speaker from, like I do, so I've been researching wireless speakers for TV, and the pickings are very slim for something an older person could set up or put up with in daily use. She and I both need a speaker in the living room and the bedroom.
She and I, and many other hard-of-hearing people, would be well served by a speaker that was wireless, easy to set up, easy to use, looks good in a LR or bedroom setting, and is portable so it can be placed near them wherever they watched TV or listened to music.
This would be an especially great solution for the MANY hard-of-hearing people in close-living conditions so they could hear TV, in any room in their house, without blasting out their neighbors... and possibly getting kicked out, which would be disastrous for some older people!
My name is wajo and I approve this message.
Edited by wajo - 8/5/12 at 6:29pm