Researchers to Look at TV Volume Levels and Hearing Aids

Tuesday 17th January, 2017

Are you planning to watch the Queen’s Christmas Message on television this year? If so, will you be watching it with the knowledge that your hearing loss will require you to use hearing aids during the broadcast? Rest assured that you are not alone. Many people with hearing loss use hearing aids to help them when watching television. Unfortunately, this can lead to arguments about television volume levels when other family members are present.

The conflicts caused by TV volume levels is something the University of Nottingham’s Biomedical Research Unit has decided to tackle with new research. Professor and unit director Deb Hall says the research is necessary because of how common complaints are among households with hearing-impaired individuals who need to have the volume of the TV louder than other family members in order to hear it. In essence, what is loud enough for the hearing-impaired person is often too loud for others with no hearing issues.

The goal of the university’s research is to find a comfortable compromise that will make both impaired and non-impaired family members happy. Researchers will be working with as many as 50 volunteers who will take part in specialised tests in a controlled laboratory setting. They will measure comfortable listening levels, then follow up with hearing tests and a series of questions to gauge test subject impressions. People unable to travel to the testing site can still participate by taking an online survey.

Here’s hoping the researchers succeed in their goal. It would be nice if we could recommend a general volume level that would make watching TV enjoyable for both our patients and their families. It would certainly make the Queen’s annual Christmas Message more enjoyable for more people.

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