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Does anyone know this product I'm talking about?

Asked by Mr_Saturn512 (532points) June 11th, 2013

There was a commercial I saw a long time ago about a special kind of a device that looked vaguely like an mp3 player. It wasn’t though. It was one of those devices to help old people listen to the TV better without raising the volume too high. It didn’t have the huge earphones like most, it had earphones like for an iPod. The commercial then went on to say you could use it for fun if you wanted to listen to people gossiping about you across the room, when you looked like you were listening to an mp3 player. But I forgot the name of it. I remember finding a version of it on a cheap-looking website but I lost that too over the years.

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Mr_Saturn512's avatar

Not quite, although it’s the same idea, so thanks anyway! But the design was different. It wasn’t wireless or one of those things you put on your ear. It looked like an mp3 player and had little earphones.

Mr_Saturn512's avatar

AH, This! Something like this! Found it in the related videos from the one you linked me.

gasman's avatar

I haven’t tried it, but I’d be somewhat skeptical of a small non-directional microphone, because it will amplify background noise as well as speech, which will limit its usefulness – especially at picking up conversation across the room.

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hearkat's avatar

There are bazillions of personal sound amplifiers on the market these days.

The device we recommend for patients who want to hear the television better is TV Ears.

If you have a particular situation that you need help hearing, not just the TV, let us know more details… there are a variety of assistive devices available.

Katniss's avatar

The Whisper 2000? lol
It doesn’t work. My ex bought one just for shits and giggles a while back. It was totally useless.

filmfann's avatar

You are looking for the Listen Up

hearkat's avatar

@filmfann – Scary that they’re marketing to hunters, who should be protecting their hearing!! That’s what worries me most about these personal amplifiers – there are no mentions of output limits, and people could do some real damage to their hearing.

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