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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Using Original TV Ears Wireless TV Headset with Hearing Aids

Question about the product Product Code: TV Ears Original System 10041 TV-10041

Q: "How are they hearing aid compatible? My parents both wear hearing aids and want to watch TV using a wireless headphone system. They want to leave their hearing aids in at all times while watching TV in case of company. This product looks awkard to put in your ears while hearing aids are in place. Please advise... Help!! Thanks.."

Answer: The headsets do work in conjunction with hearing aids. When I say they work in conjunction, I am basically saying that unlike other headsets you will not hear a large beeping or buzzing sound when trying to place them on top of your hearing aids.

If your parents would like to have a wireless headset and still wear their hearing aids, they have 2 options. I recommend the second option if your parents' hearing aids are T-Coil enabled.

1. Rest the TV Ears headset on top of their hearing aids while watching TV
2. Purchase our Neck Loop system.This would require purchases the TV Ears Pro Unit as that headset can communicate with a T-Coil enabled hearing aid. The Loop operates at 32 Ω (ohms) input w/ 3.5mm plug. This television hearing assist device is identical to the TV Ears with the added features of an input and output jack in the headset. The television head set jacks allow for the addition of many helpful accessories to the TV Ears unit. The link hangs around their neck and creates a temporary “looped” environment. In order for the Link to work with their hearing aid they will need to look to see if their hearing aids have a “T-Switch” on them.

If you choose either unit, please remember to purchase the second headset. Each TV Ears unit can handle up to 2 headsets.

Thank you for your question. Let us know if we can help you further.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Hearing Amplifiers for TV & Theater

Question about the products TV Ears and Super Ears amplifiers for TV, theater or conversation.

Q: "My wife complains I have the TV too loud. If I turn it down, I can't hear. What are my choices so I can enjoy TV and keep my wife happy? Thanks. Tom"

Answer: We sell both wireless TV headsets and hearing amplifiers. The more expensive units by TV Ears are superior as the headsets are light weight, volume is easily controlled by adjustments on the headset and what you hear is only the TV set. These units are also ADA compliant which means they pick up signals at theaters and other venues with ADA broadcast signals. Prices vary with the features offered. We currently sell the the TV Ears 2.3 MHz for those with normal hearing. The TV Ears Original system is for those with moderate to severe hearing lost. We also sell two hearing aid compatible units with extra features, the TV Ears Pro and the TV Ears Home Theatre .

The two hearing amplifiers that we sell are the basic SuperEars and the Super Ears Plus These hearing amplifiers are inexpensive and easily portable. Like most amplifiers, they are not direction specific even with the built-in microphones. So you'll hear side conversations and other noises. And you'll have to hold the units or lay them on a table or arm rest. The headsets do have connective wires to the microphone/amplifier unit.

Go to our website for more information. Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Friday, August 8, 2008

How do 5.86Hz & Dect 6.0 telephones differ?

Question about the product GE29115GE1 GE Amplified Cordless Phone Dect 6.0 with Answer Machine

Q:"Please explain the difference beween 5.86 Hz and Dect 6.0. I need clarity and the ability to raise volume. Also, we live in a mountainous area. Which phone is best?"

Answer: The following information we received from our distributor and from internet websites.

5.8 GHz phones offer great clarity and range. The biggest advantage to a 5.8 GHz phone is that its frequency band is less congested than the 2.4 GHz band, resulting in less interference."

DECT 6.0 telephones are a newer technology. DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. . ETSI stands for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute who developed the DECT systems. The DECT channels are reserved exclusively for voice communication applications. European DECT phones use different frequencies.

DECT 6.0 distinguishes these telephones from both DECT devices used elsewhere and U.S. cordless equipment operating in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM bands. The "6.0" is a version number (as in software), not a spectrum band; the term "6.0 GHz" for DECT 6.0 phones is incorrect, since it operates at 1.9 GHz.

The 29111GE1 phone is hearing aid compatible, can expand to up to 4 handsets and has a call volume up to 40dB. Included is an amplified ringer, speaker phone and much more. All the handsets use a single phone line socket. DECT 6.0 phones generally has interference-free wireless operation to around 100 metres outdoors. And they generally are immune to interference from Wi-Fi networks or video senders, Bluetooth technology, baby monitors and other wireless devices.

If you need an answering machine with your phone, the GE 29115GE1 cordless phone with answering machine is a great product. For additional handsets, choose the GE 29110AE1 handsets with recharger base.

For your needs, the DECT 6.0 appears to be the better choice due to the volume control and the range. Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Which Assistive Hearing Device is Best with a Cochlear Implant or Hearing Aid?

Question about the products SuperEar Powerful Hearing Amplifier Item Code ST-SE4000 and SuperEar Plus Deluxe Personal Sound Enhancer Item Code ST-SE7500.

Q: "I need a hearing amplifier to increase television volume. I have a cochlear implant which is similar to a hearing aid. Right now my wife complains that I turn the volume up too high for her. Which product, the SE4000 or the SE7500 is better for my needs?"

Answer: The SE4000 is an inexpensive hearing amplifier that is ADA compliant and uses a boom type microphone. The SE7500 has an internal mike, is ADA compliant and includes other features such as an automatic shut-off after 45 minutes, stereo ear buds and stereo headsets as well. Both have wired headsets. The disadvantages of these are that you'll hear background noises as well as the television sound.

My suggestion: buy a TV Ears professional system. Yes, it is much more expensive than a simpler handheld device. You'll find this unit will meet your needs both at home and when you go to the symphony, rock concert, church or anywhere that is ADA equipped and operating on 95 kHz. When you get your new LCD or plasma TV, you can use the TV Ears Professional System 10241, too.

You also need the TV-1024, the Neck Loop TVEars Pro Headset Accessory for T-Coiled Enabled Hearing Aids . The Neck Loop accessory enables TV Ears Pro headset to communicate with a T-coil enabled hearing aid via a 32 Ω (ohms) input with a 3.5mm plug. The Pro headset has an input and output jack in the headset.

The TV Ears Pro television head set jack allows for the addition of many helpful accessories to the TV Ears unit. These accessories include a 6 foot audio cord, cell phone cord (Std. 2.5mm plug, voice cord (creates personal amplification system) with microphone, music cord (for MP3 and other music devices) that lets you use TV Ears like a standard headset) and a 6 foot extender cord plus a connection cord for the power stacker. The headset weighs under 2 ounces.

Thank you for your question. If you need more information, please send us email or phone us.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

What does the tone control operate on the GE Amplified Speaker Phone?

Question about the product Product Code: =29579GE1 General Electric 29579GE1 Amplified Speaker Phone with Tone Control

Q: " I have been reading about the tone control but I am not clear whether it controls the incoming message or the ringer." -Gerald

Answer: The tone control lets you adjust the tone for the handset. Besides amplifying the ringer up to 90db, the GE 29579GE1 has handset boost up to 40db and exclusive graphic equalizers to customize the amplification for individual hearing loss. The 3.25 inch amber backlit LCD caller id has time/date. Tune the sound the same way you adjust the tuning knob on your radio to bring in a station as clearly as possible. There is a three-band tone graphic equalizer.

This big button amplified phone from GE is recommended for those with moderate to severe hearing loss who may or may not use hearing aids There is also Braille on the keypad that improves dialing ease for people with visual impairments. Hearing aid compatible: complies with all Hearing Aid Compatible Standards. There is even a bed shaker feature supplied with ths phone.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Will Superears Plus Shut Down if In Use?

Question regarding: SE7500 SuperEar Plus Deluxe Personal Sound Enhancer

Q: "Your website states that this product automatically shuts off after 45 minutes. Is that with non use? We plan on using these for a 2 hour meeting and do not want them to turn off halfway through. Thank you for any help that you can provide."

Answer: The SuperEar Plus has a battery saver feature. The unit will not shut off if you are actively using it. Usually during meetings or lectures, the user of an Assisted Listening Device like the SuperEar Plus needs to adjust the volume as the speakers may change. Any adjustment of the unit will keep the unit going an additional 45 minutes. The SuperEar Plus is also ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant device.

For those considering a purchase of this unit, here are some features:

  • Premium lightweight stereo headphones: clear, crisp sound especially in human voice range.
  • Stereo earbuds included: Unobtrusive, have matched drivers for clear, crisp sound.
  • Maximum output: 107 dB
  • Swivel microphone: Allows easy aiming toward desired sound source.
  • Power: 2 AAA batteries (included).
  • Alkaline battery life: Up to 80 hours
  • Frequency range: 100 - 14000 Hz
  • On/Off switch and volume controls on headphone lead wires: easy volume adjustment.
  • Includes swivel microphone and belt/ pocket

Please contact me if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara





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