Connecting Headphones to TV via wire

marinf

Member
Hi
I have an 83 year old grandpa, as he is getting older his hearing capabilities are getting worser... He likes to watch TV but then he sets the volume at like 40... and still then he doesn't hear it that well
A few weeks ago we gave him a pair of headphones to try out, he said how he can hear it great because the source of the sound is nearer, therefore he doesnt have to set the volume so high.

So I figured why not buy him a pair of headphones for TV. The problem is my grandparents live 300 miles away. Once we connect the headphones over bluetooth to the TV they will most likely not understand how to turn them off or how to set the audio back to regular TV speakers (they're old).

So bluetooth wont work. I was thinking maybe to connect via USB, i looked on the back and the TV does have a USB port, i dont know if it will work though. Simply plug in the headphones into the USB hub and when you plug it back out the audio should then automatically go through speakers?? Is this correct?
Cause i never tried something like that.
I know this is the case with pcs, when you plug your headphones out the audio goes automatically back through speakers.

Any suggestions would be helpful, if someone has a solution or idea please let me know.

Thank you very much
 

Rodders53

Distinguished Member
TV usb sockets are not for audio.

Wired headphones from a TV to viewing seat are likely to be a trip hazard for the elderly, unless routed very, very carefully?

Some TVs have 3.5mm stereo jacks for headphones. Some cut the speakers when inserted and others don't (e.g. Panasonic), but have separate volume controls via the remote/menus.
The headphone sockets are often difficult to access on the sides or rear of the TV. Nor are they really designed for frequent insertion and removal.
Other TVs only have optical outputs and no headphone capability.

Other wireless headphone type solutions are available, if the TV has suitable audio out connections. Some have charger base stations that make use simpler?

Here in the UK the charity RNID has a partnership supplier of such aids: TV & Assistive Listening Devices | RNID Connevans

I'm not sure why bluetooth audio from a TV to rechargeable bluetooth headphones isn't suitable. Usually these things auto re-pair after first install?

Modern hearing aids are, perhaps, worth considering, if affordable? They are vastly better than what was around just 10 years ago.
 
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marinf

Member
TV usb sockets are not for audio.

Wired headphones from a TV to viewing seat are likely to be a trip hazard for the elderly, unless routed very, very carefully?

Some TVs have 3.5mm stereo jacks for headphones. Some cut the speakers when inserted and others don't (e.g. Panasonic), but have separate volume controls via the remote/menus.
The headphone sockets are often difficult to access on the sides or rear of the TV. Nor are they really designed for frequent insertion and removal.
Other TVs only have optical outputs and no headphone capability.

Other wireless headphone type solutions are available, if the TV has suitable audio out connections. Some have charger base stations that make use simpler?

Here in the UK the charity RNID has a partnership supplier of such aids: TV & Assistive Listening Devices | RNID Connevans

I'm not sure why bluetooth audio from a TV to rechargeable bluetooth headphones isn't suitable. Usually these things auto re-pair after first install?

Modern hearing aids are, perhaps, worth considering, if affordable? They are vastly better than what was around just 10 years ago.
Okay
Thank you very much for your advice
We will consider it and also ask the elderly what they would prefer

Thank you !!
 

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