One of the biggest complaints we receive from people is the inability to clearly hear the television. In the past, TV Ears became a very popular solution, but we recently got the opportunity to check out another alternative: the myAudeo 8081.
The Good: Great sound quality when listening to media.
The Bad: You have to wear wired earbuds to pick up sounds.
The Sound Worthy: The design is very small and lightweight, the earbuds were impressive with regards to noise isolation/cancellation, but does having to wear them make it practical for day-to-day conversational use? Find out below.
myAudeo is a wearable sound amplification device used to assist you with hearing the TV/Media or everyday conversation. The device allows you to personalize your listening experience by giving you control of the sound and volume.
It consists of a base unit and a receiver unit. The base unit plugs into the TV or other media source such as a computer, smartphone, or tablet via audio cables.
The receiver unit charges in the base when not in use. When using the receiver unit, you take it out of the base and can clip it to your clothing for portability. The device comes with a pair of headphones to plug into the top of the receiver unit, or you can wear your own headphones.
We tested the myAudeo 8081 while watching television in media mode, and also while out to dinner in conversational mode.
I am really impressed with the design of the myAudeo. The base and receiver unit are very small and lightweight. I didn’t mind adding the unit to the TV stand because it didn’t take up much space.
Also, when wearing the receiver unit clipped to my shirt, it was very lightweight.
While watching television, there was no delay in the audio and the sound quality was great. I liked being able to adjust the volume on the receiver, without effecting the volume of the television.
There are 4 equalizer modes that adjust the sound frequencies. For media they are: normal, bass, pop, and rock. I could tell the difference between the bass and rock, but the others sounded the same.
In conversation mode it is nice to be able to adjust the volume of the people talking, although it also makes every other noise in the room louder as well.
There are 4 equalizer modes in the conversation mode as well: general, silence, outdoor, and directional. While the directional and outdoor modes helped to reduce some of the extraneous noise in the room, it is still difficult to overcome in a loud restaurant.
I took the myAudeo to dinner in conversation mode and it was a little awkward when the waitress came to take my order because she looked at the headphones wondering whether I could hear her, or if I was listening to something else, but the device still worked well.
I would recommend the myAudeo 8081 for those looking for a personalized and clearer listening experience with TV or other media.
It would also be very helpful as an assistive listening device in some situations, or as an alternative to traditional hearing aids for those who can’t wear them.
One situation that comes to mind would be for a person who feels they can’t handle traditional hearing aids, but needs some amplification of one-on-one conversations. When a nurse or family member is visiting, the myAudeo could be worn to enhance the conversation.
Because headphones have to be worn at all times while using the myAudeo, I would not recommend it for all day use. However, it is a great assistive listening device for enhancing TV and other media, as well as ensuring some one-on-one conversations are heard clearly.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge for this review. We have not been paid to review this product and all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.