Pocketalker 2.0 Review | Cheap Alternative To Hearing Aids | Personal Sound Amplifiers

– Looking for a cheap
alternative to hearing aids? Well in this video, I’m
talking about one of the most popular personal sound
amplifiers on the market, the Pocket Talker 2.0, coming up. (upbeat music) Hi, guys. Cliff Olsen, doctor of
audiology and founder of applied hearing solutions
in Anthem, Arizona. On this channel I cover a
bunch of hearing-related information to help make you
a better informed consumer, so if you’re into that, consider hitting the subscribe button. The Pocket Talker 2.0
is the third generation in a line of body-worn
personal sound amplifiers, and they’re typically
seen in doctor’s offices for patients who have trouble hearing but don’t have or want hearing aids. However, the overwhelming
majority of people who use the Pocket Talker
are using it for personal use in order to hear family
and friends better. So with its popularity,
naturally I want to check and see if it lives up to the hype, and see if it would be a suitable option for someone to hear
family and friends better, even hearing the TV better, and of course, hearing better
at the doctor’s office. So let’s go ahead and get to the unboxing. Alright, let’s check out
the Pocket Talker 2.0. First thing we have here
is the warranty card. Cool thing about the Pocket Talker is it comes with a five-year warranty, so fill out that card and send it in. It also has the user manual, the Pocket Talker 2.0 has a bunch of functionality that we will be going over in this video, and this manual’s a great
reference for those things. It comes in English, Spanish, and French. And here is the Pocket Talker 2.0. Let’s go over a couple
of the key features. First and foremost, this
is your on-off switch and volume wheel, so right
now it is in the off position. As we swipe up, that will turn it on and increase volume. It goes up to a volume setting of five. As we swipe down, it will decrease volume, and ultimately click back off. On the side here, we have
access to the headphones with the headphone jack. There’s a couple different
types of headphones that they have in this box,
and it also has the tone wheel. When you swipe it toward the plus, that will increase
treble or high frequency. As you swipe it towards the minus, that will increase base or low frequency. On the top here, we have a
little internal microphone port and an external microphone jack, and there’s some
accessories that you can use with that external jack
here in the box as well. Right here, we have access
to the internal telecoil. All you do is switch it towards the T and you’ll be able to access any kind of a looped facility, like
a church or a theater. Right here we have the charging port. If you want to use this as a
rechargeable unit, you can. You just need the extra
accessory to turn it into a rechargeable unit. Right here we have the
compartment for the batteries and it does come with two
AAA alkaline batteries which are not rechargeable. If you’re going to use
the non-rechargeable kind, you need to make sure
that you have this switch flipped to alkaline. If you are gonna use this
as a rechargeable unit, you need to make sure
that you have the switch flipped towards the
nickel-metal hydride option. We also have a clip right here for you to clip it on
an article of clothing but it also comes with a
little loop here at the bottom that you can use with a lanyard. Let’s see what kind of
accessories come with it. For this particular
version that I have here, we have just the regular
lanyard that you will use to loop through the bottom of that hole, but if you end up
wanting to gain access to your own hearing aid telecoils to use some of the
additional functionality of the Pocket Talker 2.0, you can get the teleloop neck
loop that you will loop around and then you can gain
access to all those features from the Pocket Talker right
into your hearing aids. This right here is the external microphone that you can plug into the jack up here, but more importantly, you have a 12 foot long extender
cable that you can extend that microphone out further away from you. We have a pair of ear buds,
so if you prefer that style of ear bud in your ear, you can use these, but they also have a pair of headphones which are pretty comfortable as well if you prefer those. Using the Pocket Talker 2.0 is super easy. All you have to do is
loop it around your neck, put on the headphones, turn it on, and find the right volume for you. It takes the sound into
it’s internal microphone or an external microphone if you attach it and it basically amplifies
the level of the sound that it picks up. Think of it like you increasing
the volume on the TV. The Pocket Talker 2.0 actually has some other features and accessories. The first thing is you can convert it into a rechargeable device. You can purchase the
rechargeable cable and batteries so you can turn the device
into a rechargeable one. You can also use regular
alkaline batteries, but if you’re the type of person who wants to be able to recharge
the unit every night, then you have that as an option as well. You can also access a looped room by using the telecoil inside the device. All you have to do is
flip it to telecoil mode. It then picks up whatever
that loop signal is inside of the room or
building that you’re in and it converts it into an acoustic signal that goes into the headphones. Perhaps the coolest thing
about the Pocket Talker 2.0 is that it has a 12 foot long
microphone extender cable and how you use it is you plug it into the external microphone
jack on the Pocket Talker and take the extra
microphone that they give you and plug it into the other end. You can then take that microphone and extend it out 12 feet so you can actually pick
up the voice of a person who’s much further away from you. You can even set this right
in front of the TV speaker, pick up the sound from the TV, and pump it right into your ears at the volume that’s
more comfortable for you. If you already have hearing aids and you still wanna be able to use the Pocket Talker, you can. There’s actually a teleloop
that you can get for this that you loop around your neck and it will communicate with the telecoil inside of your hearing aids. If you wanted to use
that extended microphone, kind of using it like a
remote microphone feature, you can still gain access to the sound from the Pocket Talker and just have it communicate
with your hearing aids. Alright, the Pocket Talker
has some pretty cool features to it, but how well does it work? I measured the amount of amplification that is coming out of the Pocket Talker and see if it would be
suitable for individuals with varying degrees of hearing loss. The way I did this was
with real ear measurement. What that means is that
I was able to measure inside of my ears whether
or not the amplification coming from the Pocket Talker 2.0 would bring volume up to an audible level. Let me orient you with
what we’re looking at. That solid black is the sound that is coming out of an external speaker. And this is just me measuring
my own ear canal resonance, which is basically the
amplification effect that we get from our ear
canals funneling in sound. In the red solid line,
this is with Pocket Talker turned on and volume setting number one. As you can see, getting a
little bit of amplification, not very much in the mid-frequencies, and it actually is
hindering my ear’s ability to funnel in sound at
those higher frequencies on volume setting number one. Volume setting number two, we can see a substantial jump in
amplification across the board, particularly in the low to mid frequencies and we are getting some boost
in those high frequencies as well on volume setting number two. Volume setting number
three is here in the green and again, we are getting
even more amplification as we would expect on
volume setting number three. It is about another five decibels higher, pretty much across the board in the low, mid, and high frequencies. Volume setting number three was as high as I was able to take the volume before experiencing feed back issues. If you did have pair of headphones that sealed in sound a little bit better, you could probably take it
up to volume four or five. This device would get you
really up there in amplification and it would probably come close to these prescriptive targets
that I have up on screen for a flat severe hearing loss. I also wanted to check out and see what kind of additional
high-frequency boost we could get by taking that tune wheel and spinning it towards the plus side which we would expect
to give us more treble. I did this on volume setting number two and you can see that you do
get a high-frequency boost by spinning that tone
wheel toward the plus sign. The Pocket Talker 2.0 is not a hearing aid and the company that manufactures it does not claim that it’s a hearing aid. What it is intended to do is simply increase the volume of sound, so if you need a little bit of a boost, or even a lot of a boost, the Pocket Talker 2.0 really is capable of providing a lot of amplification. So if you’re someone
who’s just looking for a little bit of a boost in amplification in certain situations, the Pocket Talker 2.0 does
a pretty good job of it and it does a really good
job considering the price which is usually under $250 for the unit. If you or someone you know
is having difficulty hearing and you wanna give the
Pocket Talker 2.0 a try, I went ahead and linked it
in the description below so you can get one for yourself. That’s it for this video,
if you have any questions please leave them in the
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