"Earglasses"(R) Are Inexpensive Way to Hear Better
A reader recently wrote and suggested that I check out a
product called Earglasses(R). Here's what I found.
Earglasses are a clear plastic headset that place parabolic
reflectors behind your ears to magnify sound before it enters your ear
canal. It's like cupping your hands behind your ears; but, as they say
on the website, your arms won't get tired <G>. Earglasses can
provide up to 12 db of gain, with higher gain at higher frequencies,
which is where most people need it.
Product claims include sharper and clearer sounds from the front and
a reduction in volume of sounds from the rear. The product has no
electronics, needs no batteries, and claims to provide a more natural
sound than hearing aids.
Earglasses were scientifically designed using acoustic principles,
and are sufficiently unique to have earned a patent. The website
provides a semi-technical discussion of the product and how it works,
for those so inclined.
If your hearing loss is moderate or greater, Earglasses alone
probably won't do you a lot of good. But if you have a mild loss, you
might find these devices to be useful. (I didn't see any mention of
using them with hearing aids, but that might be an option for those with
greater loss.) Priced at $10 plus $3 shipping and handling, they might
be worth a look.
If you do decide to try them out, please let me know how you like
them. As always, I'd like our readers to benefit from your experience.