Do you like to watch TV in the middle of the night? Do you want to hear the pitter patter of ninjas quietly walking across your roof at night? If so, you might be interested in the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier advertised on late night television commercials. Will it work for you? Will it work "as seen on TV?"
The Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier is an MP3-player sized device that amplifies all the noise in your environment and lets you hear it through ear bud-style earphones. The device uses a AAA Battery and has a clip which will allow you to fasten it to your shirt or belt. A volume control allows you to control the sound volume and turn the device on and off.
The front-side of the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier functions as a microphone and amplifies all sounds from the general direction in which it is pointed. While all sounds reaching the device are amplified, the sounds come from a wide arc in front of the Listen Up and the device does not have the ability to act as a parabolic microphone. While grandpa might be able to hear a quiet conversation nearby, he won't be able to point it at the neighbors across the street and hear their private conversations.
In my personal testing, I found the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier somewhat disappointing. Since I live in an urban area with lots of nearby highway traffic, I found that the volume of the traffic was increased along with the volume of my television set. In fact, all ambient noises in your environment are increased: traffic, the air conditioner, the dishwasher, etc.
While I could lower the volume on the TV and still hear it using the Listen Up, I simply had too much background noise to find the device comfortable and useful on a regular basis. One drawback to the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier is that it did not have any circuitry to cope with unexpected noises such as the family dog barking.
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I did attempt some experiments with the Listen Up Personal Amplifier. When I took our dog out for a stroll, I attempted to use the Listen Up to listen to birds. While I could hear their songs better, the traffic of a nearby highway was also increased. I could not really use the Listen Up directionally to isolate the source of a noise.
When I pointed the Listen Up at our dog, I could hear the click-clack of his paws much more clearly. When I tapped my finger or slide my finger on the case of the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier, it was quite loud and distracting. However, I could not use the device as a stethoscope to listen to my own heartbeat or the heartbeat of our dog. Similarly, the device could not be used to hear through walls or for any spy purpose.
Ultimately, I decided to send it on to a family member to see if she could use it.
Living in a much quieter retirement community without much background noise, my mother-in-law reported that the Listen Up Personal Amplifier did allow her to set her television to a much lower volume for listening. She found the device quite useful. However, she did find one drawback with the Personal Sound Amplifier.
This low cost hearing aid does not have any circuitry to cope with unexpected noises such as the family dog barking. My mother-in-law found it disconcerting when her dog would start barking while she watched TV. Any listener will immediately have to turn off the Listen Up or violently yank the ear buds from their ears.
Overall, the Listen Up Personal Amplifier is an affordable hearing aid that is worth trying.
If you do not have a lot of background noise in your home, it's a good device to let someone listen to the TV on low volume while their spouse sleeps. If someone is just a little hard of hearing, it might also be worth trying the Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier on a temporary basis. Of course, the Listen Up is not a substitute for the advice of a trained hearing specialist.
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- The Listen Up Personal Sound Amplifier (PSAP) is a Base Model Hearing Amplifier to Help you hear in any envnironement
- Amplifies ambient noise with the equipped volume adjustment wheel - allowing you to set the device to a comfortable listening volume
- Includes the Listen Up Amplifier, Earbuds, and 1 AAA Battery (operates on 1 AAA Battery)
- Device is small and compact, measuring only 3" x 2" (inches) and has a pocket/belt clip located on the back
- Recommended for Mild/Moderate Hearing Loss - If you have more severe hearing loss, we recommend trying the Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra (Search ASIN B00Q72Z5PU)
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