This section lists portable amplifiers for use with hearing aids set to the 'T' setting when the user is in 1:1 or group conversations. Most consist of a hand-held or table top amplifier with an internal or plug-in wired external microphone which is placed near the sound source. They can be used with a neckloop or earhooks which may come with the amplifier or require purchasing seperately.
This section lists conversation amplifiers for use with hearing aids, although some can also be used without hearing aids with appropriate attachments. To view conversation amplifiers for use without hearing aids view our list of Wired conversation amplifiers.
Choice of attachment
Most of the conversation amplifiers listed in this section allow a choice of neck loops, earhooks or silent headphones for use with hearing aids set to the 'T' setting (they may also be compatible with headphones or stetoclips for use without a hearing aid). We recommend you check which of these attachments is being supplied before purchasing. Selecting which of these attachments is most suited to your needs depends on the nature of your hearing loss and your preferences. For more information read our advice on Headphones, stetoclips, earhooks and neck loops.
Alternative types of amplifier
Most models have an internal microphone which may help you hear conversation when talking with someone less than 2 metres away from you1. Some models also have a socket into which a microphone can be plugged in. This microphone could be positioned near to a TV or audio equipment to help amplify the sound or in the middle of a table if you are having a conversation with a small group. However if you think you may need to use an extension microphone or use your amplifier with a TV/stereo you may wish to look at:
When you first put on listening equipment always have it at a minimum/low volume setting and then adjust it to your requirements. If you turn it on at a loud amplified volume you may damage your hearing.
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