I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Etymotic. I received a product to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
As I recently shared in my post about childhood hearing loss, Learn about childhood hearing loss with Hear The World, my daughter is partially deaf in one ear. My mom is also pretty much deaf at this point and wears hearing aids in both ears. Also, my brother-in-law wears a hearing aid after a virus destroyed his hearing in one ear. In addition, my hearing’s not so great either, which is why I was interested in trying out the Etymotic Bean Quiet Sound Amplifier.
The problems I have is that I have to turn up the TV to hear what is being said clearly. Also, I’m constantly asking my family to repeat what they say, especially when I cannot see them when they’re talking. It’s especially difficult for me when there is other noise in the room, like if the TV is on and one of the kids is asking me something from the other room. I also have the problem in noisy restaurants and club venues.
The Etymotic Bean was made for people who need amplification in some situations but not all. For example, I tried using it in the quiet of my office. I really don’t need to hear myself typing away and the hum of the printer – too annoying! (But it was cool to hear how well the Bean worked in that situation.)
Instead it’s terrific to use the Bean when I’m watching a movie on TV that I really want to concentrate on. My one complaint with it was that it worked so well that I could hear my husband emptying the dishwasher at the other end of the house! (Note to self – close the door!) Also, I probably should not have used used it when I was cooking dinner, as I had the nightly news in the background, and was talking with my family at the same time. All that noise was overwhelming! However, I’m a little oversensitive to stimuli after my brain surgery back in July. You may find all that noise very welcome and natural.
Using the Bean was quite easy to do. They came with an easy to understand Quick Start guide that clearly explained how to insert the (included) batteries into the device. The Bean also came with several eartips for you to try out to see which was most comfortable for your ear. The Quick Start guide explained how to change them out and to fit the Bean into your ear, too. Then it showed you how to operate the normal/high setting switch. It was all very straight forward and easy to do. I also liked that the Bean came with a small carrying case.
I just wish Etymotic Bean was around years ago when my mom’s insomnia – and her loud TV – kept us both up at night. If she only had the Bean, should could have kept the volume down low and we would have avoided a lot of late night arguments!