Deafness/Hearing Impairment/wireless headphones


My friend Mary is extremely hard of hearing and her eyes are bad.  Closed captioning doesn't help much.  We bought cheap wireless headphones so that she could listen to the tv.  Frankly, they suck.  Her hearing aids are behind the ear, so she needs a full sized headphone.  Any suggestions?  Thank you in advance.

Dear Amanda,

I have an excellent suggestion that will work well for Mary.  

There are hearing aids today which have special antennae which can receive direct streaming from her TV.

She will not need to use head phones or anything other than her own hearing aids, and she will be able to hear her TV as well as her hearing aids enable her to.

Of course, I do not know what specific hearing aids Mary is wearing, nor do I know what her audiograms look like.

However, if you provide me with that data, I can advise you how your can help your friend.

Mary can also ask her audiologist about how he/she can accomplish "wireless streaming" from her TV to her hearing aids.

I hope this helps.


Dr. Levi A. Reiter, Ph.D.

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Levi A. Reiter, Ph.D.


I am a full Professor of Audiology at Hofstra University and also in private practice. I can answer questions regarding hearing loss, auditory diagnoses, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, deafness


I have been teaching audiology at Hofstra University for 33 years. I have been in private practice for 31 years. I do hearing assessments, auditory diagnostic tests which are physiological, e.g., ABR, OAEs, etc. I also have over 30 years experience in fitting, and dispensing hearing aids.

ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Associaton AAA (American Academy of Audiology)

My articles have appeared in: Journal of Auditory Research J of Speech and Hearing Disorders J of Speech and Hearing Research The Hearing Journal J of the American Tinnitus Association The ASHA Leader Plus.......

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and two post-doctoral fellowships from NIH and NICHD. I am Board Certified by the American Academy of Audiology, and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. I also have numerous professional publications in the field of Audiology.

Awards and Honors
Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Sciencess Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Development Scholarships from the U of Rochester, Connecticut College Faculty Development grants from Hofstra U. The Scholars Award from the American Academy of Audiology The ACE award from the American Speech & Hearing Association

Past/Present Clients
Not sure what this means. I see clients of all ages and from all parts of the world.

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