TV Listening Solution That Does Not Require Putting Something in Your Ears

clear earWhether or not hearing instruments are involved, there are some patients who simply do not want to put anything in their ears (or wear anything additionally around their neck) to hear the TV. For non-hearing instrument wearers, this eliminates practically every TV Listening System on the market as most are packaged with an under-the-chin or some other type of headset. For hearing instrument wearers who do not want to use a neckloop, unless the living room is looped and the hearing instruments are equipped with t-coils or the invested hearing instrument technology supports TV listening via a streamer, very few other options have been available until now.

The new Serene TV SoundBox (item #TV-SB) is the perfect solution for those situations where your patients may communicate the following:

1. “I am not ready for hearing aids and need to hear the TV better but I don’t want to have to wear a headset or earbuds”

2. “Love my hearing aids but when I am cleaning the house or getting stuff ready for dinner and end up in a different room, I miss out on hearing the TV; I just want to be able to hear the TV when I move around my house”

3. “I have to sit way too close to the TV even when wearing my hearing aids to hear better; otherwise, I have to turn up the TV which ends up being a little too loud for everyone else”

tv-sbThe new Serene TV Soundbox is composed of 1) a transmitter base and 2) a detachable wireless speaker. The transmitter base connects to the TV via the packaged audio cord and is placed either on top or alongside the TV. The detachable speaker is placed anywhere within 100 feet of the transmitter. The transmitter wirelessly transmits audio from the TV via radio frequency (RF) transmission to the speaker. The speaker delivers a high fidelity signal from the TV that is located in close proximity to the listener.  Since the transmission is RF in nature, line-of-site is not an issue. The other cool thing is that up to 50 speakers will work with the same transmitter; in other words, additional speakers will work with the same transmitter base so other TV-SB speakers can be placed in different locations throughout the home based on the needs of the user. I doubt anyone would really need 50 speakers but nice to know the system is expandable to suit individual needs. For more information on this potential product solution for your patients, contact Oaktree Products at 800.347.1960 and ask for customer service.

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis created this blog to educate her colleagues on viable product solutions for their patients and/or clinical practice.
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7 Responses to TV Listening Solution That Does Not Require Putting Something in Your Ears

  1. Regina Dziewior says:

    will you be exhibiting at ILAA next week and if so, have this there? Can you find out about the delay time by then?

    • aubankaitis says:

      I don’t there we have a representative from Oaktree Products going to LAA. I am out of the country right now but contact customer service at 800 347 1960 and ask for them to find out. Something we need to have the vendor get back to us on

  2. Very interesting – wonder what the cost is….

    • aubankaitis says:

      Hi Angela:
      That information is available to audiologist and other hearing industry professionals at Oaktree Products; check your personal email in a bit for more information as I know you do business with us.

  3. eartoday says:

    This looks really interesting – wonder what the cost is?

  4. Interesting solution. It’s all about increasing the signal-to-noise ratio. 🙂 What’s the delay time in a system like that?

    Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate


    • aubankaitis says:

      Hi Juliette:
      I am working on getting that information from the vendor; it is an interesting solution, one of several that focus on improving SNRs since not every solution appeals to every person for whatever reason!

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