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Bose Hearphones - sound routing

For people who are deaf in one ear, it's very difficult to isolate conversations in a crowd. It's also easy to miss people talking to you from your deaf side. 

 

Do Hearphones have the ability to route sound from one side (the deaf side) to the other side, mixing the two? Thank you.

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Hi, Trevor Fitzory.

 

Thank you for joining the Bose Hear Community. 

 


@Trevor Fitzroy wrote:

For people who are deaf in one ear, it's very difficult to isolate conversations in a crowd. It's also easy to miss people talking to you from your deaf side. 

 

Do Hearphones have the ability to route sound from one side (the deaf side) to the other side, mixing the two? Thank you.


No, we don't recommend Bose Hearphones for medical conditions like unilateral hearing loss.

 

There are a number of clinical solutions for unilateral hearing loss.  Some simply get the sound from the "bad" side to the "good" side through wireless transmission (contralateral routing of signal hearing devices) and bone conduction (bone anchored hearing aids).  In these cases the single "good" side has to deal with signal and noise together which is hard to do.  Others attempt to treat the "bad" side and get it hearing again (cochlear implants).


Hearphones are none of these things.  Hearphones are not designed for single-sided deafness. But Hearphones do use four micrphones per ear to help directional hearing (two on each side), and they do let you shift the sound to be full one side, full the other, and anywhere in between.  If the user were to listen only through the left earphone by muting the right, the microphones on the right earphone would be helping the left make the signal a bit clearer.  But the sounds from the right would still be missing.

 

The best way to know if Hearphones will convey value for you is to try them. 

You can Try Hearphones in store. Call ahead to check availability. If that's not convenient, you can order them online and can try them for 30 days. You can read about the Bose Performance Guarantee.

 

Thank you for your question.

 

Sincerely,

ST

 

 

 

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Hi, Trevor Fitzory.

 

Thank you for joining the Bose Hear Community. 

 


@Trevor Fitzroy wrote:

For people who are deaf in one ear, it's very difficult to isolate conversations in a crowd. It's also easy to miss people talking to you from your deaf side. 

 

Do Hearphones have the ability to route sound from one side (the deaf side) to the other side, mixing the two? Thank you.


No, we don't recommend Bose Hearphones for medical conditions like unilateral hearing loss.

 

There are a number of clinical solutions for unilateral hearing loss.  Some simply get the sound from the "bad" side to the "good" side through wireless transmission (contralateral routing of signal hearing devices) and bone conduction (bone anchored hearing aids).  In these cases the single "good" side has to deal with signal and noise together which is hard to do.  Others attempt to treat the "bad" side and get it hearing again (cochlear implants).


Hearphones are none of these things.  Hearphones are not designed for single-sided deafness. But Hearphones do use four micrphones per ear to help directional hearing (two on each side), and they do let you shift the sound to be full one side, full the other, and anywhere in between.  If the user were to listen only through the left earphone by muting the right, the microphones on the right earphone would be helping the left make the signal a bit clearer.  But the sounds from the right would still be missing.

 

The best way to know if Hearphones will convey value for you is to try them. 

You can Try Hearphones in store. Call ahead to check availability. If that's not convenient, you can order them online and can try them for 30 days. You can read about the Bose Performance Guarantee.

 

Thank you for your question.

 

Sincerely,

ST

 

 

 

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Re: Bose Hearphones - sound routing

Hi Trevor Fitzroy-

Don't be deterred by Bose's response to your inquiry. The text, which is repeated elsewhere in this forum was likely written by a Bose lawyer fearful of being accused by the FDA of marketing Hearphones as hearing aids (last year Bose was given approval to sell hearing aids; the launch date is unknown).

Although Bose cannot recommend Hearphones for single-side hearing loss, I can. I have sudden sensorineural hearing loss resulting in almost complete deafness in my right ear with normal hearing in my left ear. I find Hearphones helpful in restaurants, retail locations, and other spaces with a lot of background noise.  They are also helpful in movies and some concerts (however, if Heavy Metal is your thing they probably won't be of much benefit. You can also read the comments from other Hearphone users.

 

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On March 24, 2017 you asked the community for suggestions as to how to improve Hearphones.  Since then, there have been 70 comments under the topic "Hearphones for Unilateral Deafness from Sudden Hearing Loss", with the most recent comment just this month.  Perhaps it is time to consider the routing of sound from one side to the other as Trevor Fitzroy suggests?