What is a Wireless TV Headset?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A wireless TV headset is a simple device that makes it possible to enjoy television programming without others in the area having to listen. Many devices of this type utilize the same infrared technology that allows remote controls to function, effectively making it possible to silence the television set but still carry the sound through the headset. Depending on the make and model of the headset, it may be possible for the device to connect directly with the television set, or connect via an attached device, such as a DVD player or a VCR.

Wireless TV headphones may be used to listen to audio without disturbing others.
Wireless TV headphones may be used to listen to audio without disturbing others.

There are several benefits associated with the wireless TV headset. One has to do with the ability to control the volume of the set remotely. With some models, the speakers on the television may be silent, a feature that is ideal if an individual wishes to watch television without disturbing others that are in the same room. In addition, there are wireless TV headphones that operate in tandem with the set, allowing people in the room to set the sound at the volume level of their choice, while the wearer of the wireless TV headset sets the volume at a different level. This means that someone with a partial hearing impairment can enjoy a higher volume level via the wireless headset while everyone else watching the same program listens to the programming at a level that is more comfortable for them.

Wireless headphones have a limited range of between 20 to 150 feet.
Wireless headphones have a limited range of between 20 to 150 feet.

Along with the flexibility in setting volume levels, the wireless TV headset offers the benefit of requiring little more to operate than the use of batteries and some time spent programming the unit to work with a specific television set or connected devices. Programming the headset is no more difficult than programming a universal remote control, meaning the task can be completed in minutes. Once the headset is programmed, the user can settle in and enjoy the wireless audio transmission with ease, adjusting the volume from the headset when and as desired.

While it is possible to spend a great deal of money on wireless TV headset equipment, there are a number of manufacturers that produce wireless headphones at very affordable prices. Some headsets are designed for use with only certain makes and models of televisions, while others can be programmed to interface successfully with a wide range of televisions, DVD players, of VCR equipment. When choosing a wireless TV headset, consider both the functionality and the comfort of the headset before making a purchase. Doing so will ensure that the set is comfortable and easy to use, and likely to be enjoyed for a number of years before replacement is necessary.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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