Best Hand-Held Personal Hearing Amplifiers

Hand-held personal hearing amplifiers are a wonderful alternative to the more common behind the ear hearing amplifiers. They are especially useful for anyone who is unable or unwilling to wear either hearing aids, or find behind the ear amplifiers uncomfortable.
The price of these types of amplifiers can range from $30 to $200, with a wide variety of products with different features and varying levels of quality. If you are looking for a device for someone in a nursing home or long term care facility this style is very popular, as they are comfortable, simple to use, and hard to lose due to their size (compared to hearing aids).

Here are our top picks

Best Budget Hand-Held
Best Value
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Top Productssuperearse5000pocketalker2.0bellman
Name Super Ear SE5000Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra 2.0
Bellman Audio Maxi Personal Amplifier with Headphones
Amplification Level50+ dBUp to 63dB50 dB
Battery1 AAA BatteryTwo AAA batteriesTwo AA alkaline cells
Volume ControlYes YesYes
BluetoothNoNoNo
Warranty3 year Manufacturer Warranty5 year manufacturer warranty2 year manufacturer warranty
Money Back Guarantee30 Day Money Back GuaranteeNoNo
Estimated Price$30 – $40$190-$210$150-$190
Buy on AmazonBuy on Amazon Buy on Amazon

Super Ear SE5000

cs10The Super Ear SE5000 is a budget personal hearing amplifier that lets the user amplify sounds around them with the help of a small unit equipped with a microphone and headphones. This product can be helpful for watching TV or having one-on-one conversations, and is particularly helpful for elderly who are unable to wear hearing aids. Read the Full Review

Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra 2.0

cs10The Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra series of amplifiers are probably the most popular hand-held amplifier on the market. They are widely used in nursing homes and hospitals, to help communicate with patients. It also makes a great ‘entry-level’ device for people who are experiencing hearing loss, but who aren’t quite ready to get a hearing aid. Read the Full Review

Bellman Audio Maxi Personal Amplifier

cs10The Bellman Audio Maxi is a higher end model of hand-held amplifier. It has excellent sound quality and uses advanced digital technology to reduce background noise and feedback. The Maxi also allows it’s users to customize the settings to each person’s requirements, including modifying the balance between the right and left channels. Read the Full Review