Welcome to my review of the William Sound Pocketalker Personal Amplifier system. I know, it sounds like a mouthful, but after seeing what this amazing device can do, I felt the need to do a review on it.
Before I continue, I would like to clear up something with you first.
Diversify the Subject Matter
Though the main purpose of this site is to discuss management and lifestyle strategies to improve tinnitus, I thought that from time to time, it would be appropriate to diversify on the topics that I discuss.
I have had a lot of people asking me to write about ways of improving/maintaining their hearing and the do’s and don’t of ear care.
With the close relations between hearing loss and tinnitus, I feel the need to expand upon subjects that offer help to those within the hearing loss sector.
As you all may know, that I am a pharmacist by profession. Having said that I strongly recommend that before you try any product that I suggest, I urge you to first seek the counsel or advice of a doctor or an audiologist. The product that I have reviewed below is not meant to replace or substitute the use of hearing aids, if you are already wearing one.
What is the Purpose of a Tinnitus Masker?
A tinnitus masker aids to mask out the ringing, whistling and roaring noises that one is constantly bombarded with by having this condition. The main purpose of which is to allow the individual to hear the conversation that is taking place with the minimal amount of struggles or frustration.
Hearing Aids for instance, offer an excellent source as maskers and rest assured I will cover them in more detail in a later post. (If you are interested, feel free to visit my post, “Can Hearing Aids help with Tinnitus?”)
For today, I would like to bring to your awareness this particular hearing amplifying system.
Note : This system is NOT intended
- to ACT as a Tinnitus Masker,
- as a substitute for a Hearing AID.
So, Why am I recommending it ?
SIMPLE!!! So that it may HELP improve your Hearing.
Hearing is HEARING
For those of you(myself included), who have difficulty hearing, would agree with me with the statement below,
“If you can follow through listening a full conversation with the minimal of effort, then that alone is a great accomplishment.”
I believe that this product has the ability to do this. To boost one’s confidence by improving their hearing capability, via amplifying the sounds.
So, lets take a closer look at this device.
Williams Sound PKT D1 EH Pocketalker Ultra Duo Pack Amplifier with Single Mini Earbud and Folding Headphone
Price of Product : $116.62
Name of Owner : Williams Sound
Overall Rating :4.3 out of 5
About the Product
Before I continue with the review of this product, I would like to bring to your attention of the fact that there are two units of Pocketalkers, the Pro and the Ultra version. For the purpose of this review, I will talk soley about the Ultra Unit. Principally because it is the more common of the two and the more superior product.
Cool!! LETS START….
1.The main purpose is to amplify the sounds making it more clearer to the listener. It is useful for a range of conditions such as
- Aiding better understanding in conversations,
- Cars or trips,
- Watching television or listening to the radio.
2.It is light weight, portable and easy to use
3. Easily adjustable volume and tone control– Allows one to customize the hearing sounds according to the environment.
PROS AND CONS
- Sensitive Microphone- Makes picking up sound easy from surroundings.
- 12-Foot Extension Cord- allows one to adjust the Pocketalker during Television watching and easily strapped onto the belt of the wearer.
- Ear Phones are easily replaceable
- Excellent for Elderly folks
- Lightweight weighs 2.5oz
- Allows hearing aid user with T-coil to use the Neck neck loop Version.
- Battery Operated: lasts up to 100hours
- Automatic Gain Control(AGC) -Automatically reduces the volume when exposed to high noise levels.
- May be bulky
- May be costly
- Not tailor made for everyone.
- No moulding or assessment done as with Hearing Aid Fitment procedures.
- Mediocre Headphone
What do the customers say about it ?
As I mentioned above this product provides some excellent hearing support for people really struggling with their hearing. This includes the elderly who are suffering from mild to moderate hearing losses.
Can be used everyday!
Great to use whilst watching TV!My final say on the William Sound Ultra Pocketalker Ultra Duo Amplifier
This product certainly delivers on helping out with the hearing. Candidates with mild, moderate and some even with severe hearing losses may gain benefit from using this device.
The functionality of tone control, allows one to adjust to accommodate frequency settings in different environments such as when in the car. By selecting the low frequencies, all one would hear is the external noises outside the car, whereas switching to high frequencies would allow one to partake in conversations taking place within the car.
As I mentioned in the cons, the headphone is of a mediocre quality. If you browse through some of the reviews, you will find that a lot of the folks end up purchasing different sets of ear buds or plugs as a substitute for the one that accompanies the unit.
Another common complaint is the microphone. As the unit is placed within the pocket or strapped to a belt, some customers complained of additional noises heard as the microphone is brushed on the shirts or garments.Though, not much of a big problem this can be sorted out with switching to a lavalier microphone with an alligator clip.
Improving the Quality of your Hearing Life
Whether you 80 or 18years of age, if there is a device that can help to improve your hearing, I would say give it a go! It may be all you would ever need.
Looking at other technological advances, it can offer a cheaper option to those in need.
Yes, it is not a hearing aid or a masker, but if it can offer you the ability to hear the people who are talking to you, over the underlying and annoying tinnitus, then this Pocketalker has done its job.
It’s all about trying different things to help you manage a better life living with hearing losses or tinnitus.
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I thank you for joining me today and hope that the article has helped you in some way.
Would you give the William Sound Pocketalker Hearing Amplifier System, a try? Have you tried it before?
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Till next time, take care.