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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
After noticing I just didn't hear what the Sears man told me, I went to Amazon and found these. My sister has worn $3000 hearing aids for years and they were always needing service, replacement, etc. I was going to try not to have to do that... These are just wonderful....especially for conversation...who cares if you use small head phones? I'm as vain as the next person, but not here...I LOVE these.I sent them to my sister....she LOVES them. She can watch TV sithout needind captions, and, especially heareople talking....I can't praise them enough...And, instead of those tiny, expensive, hard to deal with batteries, it takes 2 AAA batteries which seem to last a very long time...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
This is a great product when used in addition to a hearing aid. It gives a hearing impaired elderly person a stronger and wider range of sound reception. It lessons the frustration of not being able to hear conversations clearly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
My aunt told me she found this product very helpful and now she is able to hear "too much" so she uses the volume as low as possible. I am glad this gift I gave to her is so helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
This item was recommended by the social worker at the Veteran's State Home where my brother was a resident. She said the Vet's preferred this system over actual hearing aides. My husband tried it out for a week before deciding that he wanted one for himself. It has made a big difference in his and my life (I don't have to listen to the TV at extremely high volume!).
Also, the price was good. From the day I ordered the device until the day it arrived at our home was a very short time. I appreciated the quickness of the shipping of this device. I'm sure that I will use Amazon again in the future for on-line purchases.

Sandra Thompson
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
My husband is very hearing impaired and this little device helps us with small talk at the dining table or while walking, we love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
There are two Pocketalker's the Pro and the Ultra. The Ultra is by far the superior unit.

Most older people suffer from presbycusis or age-related high frequency hearing loss. This hearing aid, the Ultra is designed to address this common problem. My hearing loss is rated as severe, without a hearing aid I hear little and understand nothing so I have to wear a hearing aid 16 hours a day.

The Ultra has a very effective Tone Control. This control actually controls the frequency response of the amplifier which is very important and you will use it often to compensate for your surroundings. For example in an automobile if you select the low frequencies all you will hear is low frequency road noise. But if you select the higher frequency response the road noise will disappear and you will hear others talking. The Ultra also has AGC or Automatic Gain Control. The way it works is that with any high noise the volume is automatically reduced.

But there are two things you should change right away and that is the headphone and the microphone.

The most important item to change is the headphone. What they send is dreadful. What I have used for years is the Panasonic RP-HJE120S In-Ear Headphone (earbuds) ($6.23). These are very rugged, have good frequency response and will fit tightly and comfortably in the ears. With these earbuds and the supplied microphone I can listen to a TV 20 ft distant with the TV volume set at normal level. So you do not need a 12 ft cord to hear TV just some good earbuds. The earbuds are stereo so you will also need a mono to stereo adapter such as the C2G / Cables to Go 03174 ($4.99). All of these items are available from Amazon. I do not wear the earbuds with the wires hanging down my face. I get T-shirts with a pocket to carry my hearing aid. The earbud wire is hidden by my shirt and I feed my left ear by bringing the wire up the right side of my neck around to the back of my neck and into my left ear and then the same procedure for my right ear.

Then there is the microphone. Others have noted how you pick up noise when the microphone rubs against a shirt or other garment. The microphone is a good one its just the style that is bad. What is needed is a microphone much like the TV news anchors use (a lavalier microphone with alligator clip). This type of microphone comes with about a three foot cord and is supplied with a alligator clip that can be attached to to the front of your shirt/blouse and in the winter to the outside of your coat. When I am in a restaurant I often place it in the center of the table. There are many to choose from and I have several. I like the Olympus ME-15 Microphone ($22.99) but I prefer the Olympus ME-52W Noise Canceling Microphone ($16.60). These will directly plug into the Pocketalker and replace the one that comes with the Pocketalker. On the ME-52W the cord has a plug on the end so you can exchange microphones if you wish. That is, you can unplug the Olympus microphone and plug in the Pocketalker microphone still using the alligator clip.

The bottom line is that I have a draw full of in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids that I spent thousands for and none are as good as the Ultra.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
This product is a God-send for my family. I have a stubborn mother who refuses to spend money on quality hearing aids, so we have been yelling in her "good ear" for the past few years. She ended up in the hospital after a fall & they had a Pocket Talker available. My mom was the first to use it. What a GIFT!! She was able to hear the nurses, doctors and all of us! All we had to do was talk into the microphone. It was the first time in years that I could have a conversation with my mom where she didn't just smile and nod her head like she knew what I was saying. I came home & found the same item on Amazon. Even better, I found it with headphones. The hospital's unit didn't have headphones, since all patients get tv headphones. Those work, but not as well as the ones meant for the Pocket Talker. I could only hear out of one side of the hospital's headphones. I almost didn't buy the Pocket Talker because of that. Fortunately, I read reviews that said this happens with other headphones, so I took my chances. The PT headphones work great. My mom is in rehab now & all the nurses like to sing into the mike. She's having a great time with it. And she finally knows what is going on around her. DEFINITELY a great purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
This porduct is fantastic for the hard of hearing. It is light weight and comfortable. Very simple to use, just plug in headset and turn on. The mike picks up the sound perfectly, no longer need to have the TV turned up full blast.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
I bought this product and I love it! It's very powerful. And the sound is natural and lifelike. Don't be put off by the mono ear piece. A stereo ear piece, like you can buy anywhere, will work just as well, just cut off the other ear bud. I'm a little deaf. Generally I like being deaf. But sometimes I want to listen in and converse with people. This product does the job real well. I'm very pleased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
I bought this because a friend raved about it. Yeh, its clumsy to use, staticky and yes it amplifies the speakers sound but it also amplifies everyone else standing right next to you. So it's a catch twenty two. It does work but you had better be the only one in the room listening to something or else you will be hearing all the other noise going on at the same time.
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