Do Made For iPhone hearing aids stream audio directly from Apple TV? If not, what's the best way to hear my TV better?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

23 January 2018 - 507 Views

No you cannot connect currently to Apple TV.

The best way to achieve hearing your TV better if you want to utilise a made for iPhone hearing aid is to use the manufacturer's TV streamer, I have been able to achieve great improvements to speech understanding and sound quality for patients of all ages. 

Sound quality on modern TV's can be compromised due to how thin they are and the speakers fire down or back and in reality are not much better than laptop speakers.

Without streaming you could try going into the sound menu on your TV, if your issue is clarity increase the treble, switch off any pseudo surround effects and try switching from stereo to mono lots of my patients have reported that doing this will improve clarity.

As an alternative to a streamer you could try a system from Hypersound audio which sends a super directed beam of sound to the person who is sitting in the "sweet-spot" of the speakers and doesn't disturb normally hearing people listening to the TV with the impaired listener. One thing this won't do is allow the sound to travel with you as a streamer would it if you wanted to go to the kitchen to grab a coffee.

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Valued Member Member - 15 days ago
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Maybe I am missing something, but why couldn't a user make use of the streaming capability of the new "Phonak Direct B" models that can stream voice calls direct to your HA as well as TV sound. They work with both Android and Apple phones.

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Member Michelle Foos - 11 days ago
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Let me know if I am not understanding your question correctly, but you could use the Phonak Direct B hearing aids to stream with the Apple TV IF and only if you have the TV connector. The TV connector is also the only way that I know of that you can stream music to both ears. Phone calls stream to the hearing aids, but only to one ear.

His answer above is with the use of the BT hearing aids alone, with no extra accessories. With a TV connector device you can absolutely stream to an Apple TV. I hope this answers your question.

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Michelle Foos, AuD

Audiologist in Norton Shores

24 January 2018 - 479 Views

Made for iPhone hearing aids cannot currently stream the audio directly from an Apple TV. However; there are a few options if streaming TV through your hearing aids is truly important to you. Two options are a personal loop system connecting to hearing aids with T-coil or a Bluetooth TV connector.

Personal home or cushion loop systems are typically less expensive; however they have to either be installed (for the home loop) or hard wired to where you're sitting (cushion loop). 

A Bluetooth system for the TV is also available and are easy to set up and connect to. If your hearing aids themselves are Bluetooth you can stream the TV without having to wear a streamer around your neck. If your hearing aids are not Bluetooth then you will want to talk to your audiologist about a streamer as well as the TV connect. 

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Mark Conradt, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Neenah

23 January 2018 - 527 Views

No hearing aids will work directly with Apple TV. All of the better known hearing aid brands have their own proprietary device for transmitting the signal from the TV. None use Bluetooth for this application. Widex for example has a TV Dex that uses a radio signal similar to that of a cordless telephone. The base attaches to the TV via RCA jacks or Optical Audio Output. The base then transmits to a small remote that you take back to your chair. The small remote transmits to the hearing aids.

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Charles Darby PhD, MA, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Little Rock

24 January 2018 - 496 Views

Hearing aids can not connect directly to the Apple TV but from the audio source, usually the TV itself. There are 2 ways to accomplish this depending on the aid manufacturer and  the model of the hearing aid. The newer “Bluetooth” aids connect directly with a transmitter attached to the TV’s audio source. Non-bluetooth aids can usually stream from a similar transmitter by using an intermediary streaming device that connects the transmitter signal to the hearing aid. Contact your hearing care professional for the exact equipment required for your particular hearing aid. 

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Tim Johnson

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Las Cruces

23 January 2018 - 507 Views

You may want to try a Surflink Media 2 Box.  It connects to your TV and streams the sound directly to your hearing aids. Here is some more information:   https://www.starkey.com/hearing-aids/surflink-wireless-accessories/surflink-media

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Rivka Strom, AuD

Audiologist in New York

23 January 2018 - 517 Views

Streaming from a TV is never direct to the hearing aids at this time. Ask your audiologist for the interface that allows for streaming the TV to the HA. 

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Raji Parangad, MAud

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Wellington Point

23 January 2018 - 525 Views

The 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV allows blue tooth compatibility only with a blue tooth key board. So direct streaming to your hearing aid is not possible. Depending on the type of hearing aids you have there will be an intermediary device that needs to be plugged into your TV....

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The Starkey Surflink Media streamer connects with RCA or Optical contacts in the TV. Some newer TVs do not have RCA jacks available. Use of the Optical output can be compromised if you are using HDMI-ARC and a home-theater sound system which effectively cuts off the sound output by the TV. There are several options you should consider. One is to use a home theater receiver with a "zone 2" or second-room audio output to mirror the sound being sent through the receiver. Then turn on "all zone stereo" or something similarly worded to send the sound to the Starkey Surflink Media device.

The second option is to purchase an "HDMI audio extractor" which will give you RCA jacks and perhaps an optical jack for getting the sound out of an HDMI cable, without interfering with the HDMI signal. These are in the $50 range and can be found on Amazon.

Unfortunately at this time, it's a bit of detective work to find the right solution as TVs and audio receivers advance.

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Maybe I am missing something, but why couldn't a user make use of the streaming capability of the new "Phonak Direct B" models that can stream voice calls direct to your HA as well as TV sound..

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