(tested in January 2011)
This is a listening device with a single use. This report is therefore a one-off. The current practice is not to report on single use devices.
Instructions for use
They are very good, concise and helpful.
This plugs into the mains and into the TV by an audio lead, receiver – this has a rechargeable battery – with neck loop and a case.
Battery recharge time 2.5 hours, transmitting time 8 hours. Low battery warning. Charge complete indicator. In practice I found the fully charged battery did not last a full 8 hours, but recharging was simple.
Quality of sound signal
T switch is needed on hearing aid. The signal is good, volume is independently controllable by a switch on the receiver. The signal was reliable for listening to the television. There is a microphone on the receiver so that you can hear your neighbour talking. This very useful though the microphone is permanently switched on. This means that if there is some local background noise one cannot eliminate it. Some TVs (especially older units) cut sound from the speakers when the audio lead is used. This would need checking when the devices is tried out. Loop systems sometimes result in interference if other electrical equipment is close by (strip lighting, computers, other radio equipment etc).
Length of warranty
Value for money
The TV Pro is small, convenient and simple to use. It was good to have the transmitter permanently available and not needing a battery. The hearing range was good. It is a good method for someone who is hard of hearing or mild to moderately hearing loss for hearing the TV without having the volume on the set increased to the discomfort of others. It therefore offers good value.
However if you don’t like neck loops or do not have a T setting on your hearing aid you might think about wireless headphones as an alternative. They are rechargeable and slightly cheaper. . They could be perhaps better for those who have more serious hearing loss. In my experience the sound quality with (Sennheiser) headphones was also slightly better. There is the disadvantage that the headphones are a bit cumbersome and therefore not very good for ladies hairstyles. They also exclude sound other than from the TV so that one has to take the headphones off to hear a neighbour who is talking. On the other hand the Conversor TV Pro has a microphone on the receiver which allows nearby conversation to be heard – though as I said earlier if there is much background noise in the room in which you are sitting this can intrude on the ability to hear the TV clearly.