The BEAN by Etymonic, a cute name, is a type of Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) and has a built-in sensor that adjusts to the ambient sound level so is ideal for someone who wants some amplification and not full time like a hearing aid should be worn. Some people, for example, just need hearing help in one or two environments such as hearing the TV, or when a speaker is further away (in a play, a lecture, or a worship service), and may or may not have a hearing loss and is “not ready” to wear a device full-time. If you get the right sound amplifier you will be happy when you need it and it won’t hurt your hearing more. At Hears to U, we recommend the sound amplifier by Etymonic because we know it sounds great and it is safe and won’t cause hearing loss. It is a nice sound amplifier that just amplifies sound across the frequency range.
The sound amplifier by Etymonic comes in two models: The BEAN and the T-coil BEAN. The T-coil BEAN Amplifier has a switch with two positions, Normal (N) and T-coil (T). in the T-position, the microphone is turned off so that it can connect directly to the telephone and/or in hearing loops. (If you don’t know what a hearing loop is, check click here.) The BEAN also has a two-switch position of Normal (N) and High (H) for more sound. The sound amplifier also comes in two different colors by Etymonic. One color is silver and is often preferred by many. We personally think the brushed gold Bean hearing amplifier looks very neat in the ear. We recently saw the inauguration of Biden and noticed that both J. Lo and Lady Gaga had gold and silver, inner ear monitors. These are much different but the look was high fashion and helpful for what they needed. You need to get what you need while being comfortable, fashionable, and hearing well.
what is the difference between a PSAP and a hearing aid? There are some similarities. Both amplify sound and both deliver that sound through a sound tube at the end of the receiver. A hearing aid is meant to correct hearing loss, is adjusted to compensate for impaired hearing in certain frequency ranges, and is regulated by the FDA. None of those are true for a PSAP. A PSAP is just meant to amplify sound. Sound amplifiers are also much less costly. They are 3/4 the cost if not less and are sold over the counter so you can grab a good pair right here at Hears to U, Hearing & Hearables.
The BEAN amplifier has 7 ear tips of different sizes and materials, a package of batteries, a filter tool with extra filters, and a carrying case. Not everyone has the same size ears and so it is helpful to have many different sizes of tips. The batteries typically last 9-10 days. The amplifier has filters so you can keep your hearing amplifier clean. To turn off the BEAN amplifier, open the battery doors when not in use, the batteries may last 2 weeks. It comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty by Etymonic if purchased from an authorized Etymotic reseller, which is Hears to U, Hearing & Hearables!