Do TV Ears Really Work?

Do TV Ears really work?TV Ears hopes to be able to save some marriages out there. It can be frustrating not being able to hear the TV, but even more frustrating for the person next to you that doesn’t want to watch or listen to what you have on. Kuwaitis are designed, you’re supposed to be able to get hours of enjoyment with crystal clarity so you can enjoy your favorite sports programs, movies, game shows, late-night shows, and anything else you want to watch without disturbing the person next to you. But do they work like they show?

Wireless headphones are nothing new, they’ve been around for several years. TV Ears are said to be Doctor recommended and come in different versions, and even have a digital version which should provide crystal-clear sounds. Not having a wire is very important because you don’t want to be sitting close to the TV to watch your programs. This allows you to not only sit where you want the room, but also to roam about freely and not worry about being on a leash of sorts.

The Claim
These are claimed to help those that are hard of hearing better hear the television. That’s what makes them different from all the other wireless headphones you can buy. If you want the TV loud, what your partner doesn’t need its allowed because they can hear better than you, this is the exact situation that TV Ears is made for.

They say that some of their features include an on-off volume control switch, a tone dial, a balance dial, and that there your tips are patented and had a phone that mold to the shape of your ear. It comes with a rechargeable battery so you won’t need to keep replacing the batteries in it. It also says that it can produce sounds up to 120 dB and can be used both as an analog device and a digital as well. They also say that this is a product that is made in America.

The Hype
Unless you suffer from hearing loss you might think of this product is not very important, but for those that can’t hear their favorite TV shows anymore, when everyone else in the room can hear just fine, it’s very frustrating and a little embarrassing, and a product like this will have a strong demand.

The Cost
The digital version of TV Ears is $230. Version 3.0 is $130, and if you go back version 2.3 the price is $100. So as you can see as TV Ears continues to upgrade their product they also continue to upgrade the price.

The Commitment
All that is required is for you to set up and install the TV Ears the first time, and then start using them whenever you watch TV. Installation seems easy enough, as long as you follow the guide that comes with the product.

What People Are Saying
The overriding complaints of TV Ears is that they can be worn for long periods of time due to the fact that they are not comfortable in the ears. The reason that is claimed is that the unit itself weighs too much, and that extra weight pulls on the ears making it painful after 20 minutes or so. Since most of us watch more than 20 minutes of TV per day, this would mean they aren’t really feasible.

Most people say that the clarity and sound quality is good, but what does that matter if your ears are so sore he can keep them in? One user even said that they came up with a way to where the headset so that the earbuds don’t go into that ear, but rest outside the ear and they could still hear no problem.

Final TV Ears Review

The overall consensus is that while the concept is good, and a product like this is needed, the execution is not good, quality is not there, and their patented earbud comfort system falls short drastically. Since they have had multiple incarnations of the same product, you’d think they’d be making continual improvements to make sure that their product is better better. Maybe they’ll finally get it right with the fourth model they come out with.

Our Recommendation
Due to the strong number of people complaining that the unit is not comfortable, we don’t recommend going with TV Ears, and recommend finding another similar product with better feedback as far as comfort goes.

What do you think? Does TV Ears work or not?

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hussu March 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

For that much money i can’t believe people are actually buying these!

A quick google will bring up so many better options of wireless headphones from good manufacturers like Sony, Sennheiser etc

I know which i’d rather spend my money on!


William Collins September 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I have three sets of TV Ears. I have replaced the headsets three times. They work great BUT they are flimsy and break easily.


Bob February 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

A number of people I have talked to have found their TV EARS headsets to be uncomfortable to wear for longer periods of time. “The weight of the unit pulling on your ears gets painful”.
Do you find that your TV Ears headset is uncomfortable and actually hurt your ears? I know I did.
I tried everything, Silicone ear tips, attempting to bend the plastic arms, nothing seemed to help.
I didn’t have any problems listening to my MP3 player (WITH EARBUDS) for hours or even my old Walkman headphones.
So I took my UNCOMFORTABLE TV EARS headset apart and CONVERTED them so I could use my COMFORTABLE stereo ear buds or headphones while watching TV.
I just set the little blue TV Ears receiver on the arm of your chair or end table.
Since then I have CONVERTED a number of sets for friends and relatives.
I AM NOW OFFERING THIS CONVERSION SERVICE ON EBAY! comfortable tv ears conversions ervice


Thomas September 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

At 72 years, my hearing has degenerated to the point where it’s very difficult to hear dialog whether on TV or anywhere else. With TV EARS (even the $100 analog version) the dialog is crystal clear without amplifying the volume.My major beef is; if TV EARS can accomplish this for $100, why do hearing aids cost so many thousands of dollars? If the technology is there to create a low cost product that works so well, why can it not be done in a wearable device?


Jay Young September 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

I just ordered my 5 th. headset.Not because they are so good, but the other 4 broke. They are made very flimsy ,and the arms break if not handled with kid gloves.When I call,I am told I am improperly handling them. Both my wife and I use them. The quality of the reception is good,but I will find another brand if this one breaks. I would not recommend them if there’s another option.


Jay Young September 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm



Jay Young September 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

This js how I feel


Steve October 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

My better half bought one of these. After much less than a year the sound began to cut off. Although there is a “5 year warranty” it says after a limited number of days a defective unit will only be replaced if customer pays half of the original cost.
The literature says before replacing battery call the company. You call the company and they say the problem is not the battery you have to replace the headset which will cost you fifty some dollars.
We bought battery elsewhere for $12 and unit was as good as new.


Loren October 13, 2015 at 4:58 am

Everyone read the above complaints. TV Ears are expensive and very poor quality!!


john loescher October 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

i purchased a set ditigal tv ears in september, i received them, hooked them up and they didn’t work, i called the tech, he tried a lot of different settings on the tv and cable box but couldn’t get it to work either, he said it may be the transmitter, he instructed me to send the transmitter back and they would replace it and refund the postage. the new transmitter came and i again attempted to hook it up but it didn’t work either, i called again, got another tech, went thru the same fixes, still does not work, he suggested that i send it back for a refund, i talked to the person in charge of sending it back for a refund, she said it would be no problem, gave me a RMA number, i then wanted confirmation that i would be remimbursed for the postage and she said they will not do that. i wanted to speak to the manager but he was on “vacation” and she instructed me to leave a voice mail, i will be surprised if he does return the call. i will post another review to inform people how this turns out.


Lee Bowser October 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

I just threw my set of TV Ears in the garbage, because that is what they are. From the very start I have had problems with them. The batteries would not last a movie, the headphones were uncomfortable, and my grandson has $2 plastic toys that are made better. I’m tempted to put them in the driveway and run over them just so no one could fish them out of the trash and experience what I have. They are not worth the ounce of powder it would take to blow them to H***.


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