The BEAN® can provide that one click of clarity. As a personal amplification device–also known as a Quiet Sound Amplifier–The BEAN features a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts to the surrounding noise level. It amplifies soft sounds, while keeping the volume steady on louder noises or even reducing it for extremely loud sounds such as fireworks or the strike of a drum. Moreover, it boosts soft high-pitched sounds heard in speech, which helps provide clarity for conversations, particularly in less-than-ideal listening environments.
The BEAN amplifies sounds and enhances your hearing experience so your conversations become more effective in the car, in social situations, and at a distance.
- Operates so smoothly it is almost undetectable
- Provides high-frequency amplified hearing for the soft sounds of speech
- Excellent speech intelligibility in both quiet and noisy conditions
- 2-position switch offers two levels of enhancement
- Loud sounds are heard naturally with no additional boost
- Subtle, low-battery signal alerts user before the battery dies
- Long battery life (10-12 days) on a tiny cell
- Can be purchased from any source without referral
- Designed to fit comfortably and look good in either ear
- Ready-to-use right out of the box
- No adjustments needed; no controls to adjust
- Delivers high-fidelity sound quality and amplified hearing
- Handles high inputs of music without distortion
- Does not require custom molds
Moreover, when consumers purchase either model, they will receive The BEAN Starter Kit (pictured above) which contains the following items:
- The BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier
- 7 eartips of different sizes and materials for best fit and comfort
- Package of batteries (size #10 zinc-air)
- Filter tool and extra filters
- Leather case
*This is not the T-coil (TeleCoil) Bean, ask us about availability of that model.
Who is the ideal user for The BEAN?
The ideal user for The BEAN is someone who:
- Wants amplification for some listening situations but not all
- May not be ready to wear devices full time
- Wants a small amount of enhancement
- Has family members who have difficulty communicating with them
- Needs help hearing the TV or following conversations
- Wants to hear better when a talker is farther away than in face-to-face communication, e.g.,
- To hear better during worship services
- To hear better for a play or lecture
- To hear better in a classroom
Can The BEAN be used by musicians?
Yes! Most hearing aids distort high-level sounds such as music, making it sound unnatural. The BEAN is not a hearing aid. In fact, The BEAN actually performs better than most hearing aids for music because by design, louder sounds are clear and natural.
Are there any situations where The BEAN won't help such as very loud environments?
The BEAN amplifies soft sounds and is "transparent" for loud sounds, which means that if something is loud, The BEAN does not make it louder. For excessively loud, sustained sounds, wear hearing protection, not The BEAN.
What is a Personal Sound Amplification Product?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first used the acronym PSAP in 2009, to stand for personal sound amplification product, to draw a distinction between personal sound amplifiers and hearing aids. Anyone can purchase personal sound amplification products. They are not subject to state or federal regulations in the US.
Not all PSAPs are created equal
As with any consumer electronics product, there are often significant differences in quality and performance within product categories. Circuitry and sound quality vary greatly among devices in this category. The BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier is a high-quality personal sound amplification product (PSAP) with superior audio quality. Etymotic stand behind their innovative design with a 30-Day satisfaction guarantee.
Do audiologists recommend personal sound amplifiers?
Some do. Audiologists help people communicate better. They test hearing, conduct needs assessments, recommend the course of treatment and provide counseling to improve quality of life. Based on their interview and test results, they may determine you can benefit from any number of hearing devices, among them personal sound amplifiers and assistive listening devices (ALDs).