Hand-held personal hearing amplifiers are an excellent alternative to the more common behind the ear hearing amplifiers. They are especially useful for anyone 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:
Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra 2.0
The 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.
Bellman Audio Maxi Personal Amplifier
The 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.
The Super Ear 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 useful for elderly who are unable to wear hearing aids.