Bellman & Symfon Mino Personal Amplifier with Stereo Earphone (HC-MINO-EP)

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  1. Andrew R. Briggs says:
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Helpful, not intrusive alternative to in-ear hearing aids, September 29, 2013
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    Andrew R. Briggs (…boise boise boisie) –
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    My mistake: I put my (in-ear, expensive) hearing aids thru the wash. Argh!

    So I purchased a Bellman Mino (with earbuds) to use until I get my hearing aids repaired/replaced. I’m satisfied with this Bellman purchase.

    Pros:
    ~The tone-quality (at ‘omni’ setting) is almost as good as my in-ear hearing aids.
    ~T-coil works fine at our local art-film theater.
    ~Controls are easy to work, and only 7 buttons, so not confusing.
    ~Not particularly heavy or awkward, and the microphone doesn’t need to be aimed at the target. I wear it under a loose shirt and the sound quality is fine, not muffled.
    ~Large enough to NOT put thru the washing machine by mistake. Large enough to not be casually misplaced. Large enough to put on/pull out with no particular worry/concern about damage and loss. The size (about the size of a deck of cards) is a plus for me.

    Cons:
    ~The tone-quality at ‘zoom’ setting is terrible. Maybe my Bellman is defective, but in the ‘zoom’ setting I hear cacophony. (Solution: use the ‘omni’ setting only.)
    ~the Bellman uses a 3.5mm jack – which is a common size in head-phone/earbuds. Yet on some earbuds I have to fiddle with the jack to get any sound, or twist/half pull it out of the socket to get stereo sound. But this may not be a Bellman issue, but a generic earbud issue (made cheaply in China?) So be aware that some earbuds plug-in better than others in the Bellman jack.
    ~The bass-to-tenor buttons don’t change the tone much. I hear only a minor difference.
    ~Battery life is only adequate, and (I’d guess 5 hours on a charge?) and when it gets to a certain low level of battery, all sound-magnification ends immediately.

    General thoughts:
    If you’re reading this, you know how unique all hearing loss is to the specific individual… and what I hear thru my hearing aids, and my Bellman, is coarse compared to what I could hear in my youth, before 1970’s punk music did my ears in. Sigh.

    I use the Bellman for lectures and movies – and it works well. I also use it for family-around-the-dinner-table time, and it helps. Where it doesn’t work is in a clanky-crowded bar or restaurant – but that’s trouble for any hearing aid. I find the tone (at ‘Omni’ setting) to be only a hair under the quality of my $3k hearing aids.

    But what I most appreciate is the size – large enough to not be easily lost, but not large enough to be an encumbrance. Large enough, and sturdy enough to not worry about sitting on it, losing it. It does what it is supposed to do (magnify sound) at a 1/10 the price of full-on hearing aids. So I’m satisfied with the purchase, and use them as needed.

    Hope this helps. Good luck, all you other hearing impaired folk!

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  2. Ken J. Erskine "KJE" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    would not filter peripheral noise, July 6, 2013
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    I have hearing aids and use a blue tooth Soundgate to listen to TV unfortunately to have a conversation I need to shut down the sound gate then open it again for the TV sound so its cumbersome.

    This unit is described as being able to filter out surrounding noise and focus on a sound source i thought that would be ideal for both listening to TV and having a conversation.

    My experience was that this device picked up and amplified all the peripheral noise 15+ feet away but did nothing for the TV speakers 10 feet directly in front of the device. I kept it for about 3 weeks and tried on several occasions to reread the instructions and reset the unit.

    I was unable to get a response from the device when I made several attempts at the factory reset sequence and decided to return it.

    The distributor did contact me to ask what the problem was I described my experiences, but there was no offer of a replacement or instructions as to what I may have been doing incorrectly

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  3. Mary Ann Larson says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    PERFECTION, May 10, 2013
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    Mary Ann Larson
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    Perfect is the only way to describe the personal amplifier. It allows my husband to hear the conversation without any problems. It fits in a pocket so it is easy to have available for use when people are having a conversation. The only problem is that he hears everything I say:) It makes me happy to have him hear conversations with friends and family.

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