The BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier from Etymotic Research is an easy-to-use personal sound amplifier that doesn't require a referral or a licensed professional. When you need to make the world around you one click louder, the BEAN can help, especially with hearing speech and other quiet sounds.
The BEAN Sound Amplifier is smart. Its unique circuitry automatically senses the ambient noise level, giving it the ability to only amplify soft sounds. Quiet noises are amplified in high-fidelity with a detailed high end, while the loud sounds you can already hear just pass through the earpieces naturally. This dramatically improves intelligibility of the consonant sounds in speech (the same high-pitched noises that are often taken first by noise-induced hearing loss). BEAN brings conversations back into focus, even in noisy settings.
A personal sound amplifier is a little like a pair reading glasses: you don't need to see a doctor to get one, it's very inexpensive compared to the ones you could get from a professional, and it comes ready-to-use right out of the box. If you want to experiment with hearing enhancement without the expense and hassle of going straight to a hearing professional, BEAN is a great place to start. And if you don't need hearing aids, but do want to give your hearing a boost, BEAN is the perfect solution.
Etymotic BEAN sound amplifiers are ideal for:
Movies & theater
...and for any time you want to communicate more easily with co-workers, friends, and family.
Serious Hearing - Seriously Easy
BEAN is ready to use right out of the box. The controls are simple, and it has just two pre-set levels of amplification to toggle between. It requires no programming or adjustments. It doesn't require a referral or any visits to a licensed professional. It comes with several different types of eartips, so you can get a fantastic, comfortable fit without needing to get custom molds made. It lasts up to ten days on a single tiny battery, a whole package of batteries are included, and a gentle low battery alert sound lets you know when it's ready to be changed.
Choosing the Right BEAN
BEAN is available in both the regular BEAN model, and in the T-coil BEAN model. The T-coil model is compatible with loop systems and hearing-aid compatible telephones. Loop systems involve a loop of wire that's been run all around a large area, a big room, etc. The loop works by sending a signal to the BEAN, and the BEAN translates that signal into audible sound you can hear and understand. The result is being able to more clearly hear a person talking from further away, and to hear better in reverberant conditions that could handle amplification poorly.
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