Just the other day I received a call from my father asking if I had any solutions to “hearing the television when your mother is on the phone.”
The problem goes something like this…
My mother likes to sit on the couch and talk on the phone; my father likes to sit on the couch and watch TV. She talks loudly, thus he can’t hear, and so he turns the volume up. Obviuosly the TV volume is so loud that she can’t hear, so she talks louder. The vicious cycle continues until my father eventually has to turn the TV off.
Here’s what I always tell him…
The best solution is to check in with your audiologist to ensure it’s not mom’s voice that’s too loud, but that you may have hearing loss. Because in the event it’s hearing loss, something like the Oticon Opn or Phonak Audeo B-Direct will not only help the hearing loss, but pair with your phone, TV, etc.
However, the best solution isn’t always the easiest solution, which is why for some people a wireless TV headset like the geemarc CL7350 OPTICLIP may work.
The Good: Left/right stereo and auto-tune options.
The Bad: Subtle (constant) background white noise/static.
The Sound Worthy: Extremely easy to set up. Took us no more than a few minutes to go from right out of the box to listening.
The geemarc CL7350 OPTICLIP is a wireless TV headset that provides amplified sound with adjustable tone and volume. In short, it lets you listen to your television with a pair of earbuds with the ability to substantially increase the volume.
There’s three main components:
- Base unit that plugs into the TV, cable or satellite box (or even laptop) via an optic cable or 3.5mm RCA or stereo jack (latter not included)
- Portable/wireless microphone that clips to your shirt or shorts (or anything near you)
- Earbuds that plug into the microphone
The sound quality is good, with the exception of a very faint white noise/static noise in the background. At first I didn’t notice the faint background noise, but I had to turn off the microphone to answer a phone call and when I put them back in the noise was there.
The geemarc has a really cool feature called “auto tune,” which essentially automatically adjusts or optimizes for the best sound quality with the touch of a button.
In addition, similar to the myAudeo 8081, you have the ability to toggle between conversation mode and TV mode while maintaining amplification.
One thing I think that’s important to note is that this product does amplify sound. I know I’ve said it above, but I want to emphasize that because I was surprised at just how much of a decibel increase there is. As always, for anyone using any amplification product, take care in how much you increase the volume and for how long.
Basically, does the product do what it says and does it do it well?
The short answer is yes.
It took less than a few minutes to set up, and just for your information we tested it with both a laptop using a 3.5mm stereo jack and with a TV using the optic cable. Both setups were equally easy.
Besides that, the range on the device is listed at 80 feet. When I had it plugged into my computer, I vacuumed the house while it played music on YouTube. Never once did we have an issue with connectivity (even through walls). This is more than I can say for my favorite headphones, which often times disconnect if my phone is in the wrong pocket.
The only complaint I had with function is the size of the wireless transmitter.
It’s not large, smaller than my clinched fit, and it’s super lightweight, but I still wish it was built into a headset that rested on my neck kind of like the LG Tone series of headphones. (Note: The LG Tone do not amplify sound, I just like how they rest around your neck and connect wirelessly.)
Other than that I think the geemarc functions like an updated/upgraded version of TV Ears.