Sonic Personal Amplifier by Bell and Howell – Does it Really Work?

by Theresa on October 3, 2009 · 1 comment

The Sonic Personal Amplifier is basically a poor mans hearing aid. It's also marketed for the younger crowd who may want to put their super spy skills to work. Now you have the ability to eavesdrop on conversations up to 90 feet away, so they say. I also think it's kind of clever that it's made to resemble a blue tooth headset so no one would ever know you're wearing a hearing aid. If you miss a lot of conversations and have been wondering if this personal sound amplifier works as good as shown on those TV infomercials, have a look at this video review.

Sonic Personal Amplifier Infomercial Claims

  • Provides up to 50 db of sound amplification.
  • Amplifys sounds up to 90 feet away.
  • Flexible ear hook easily adjusts to fit all ear shapes and sizes and converts for right / left ear wear.
  • Equipped with a volume control to adjust the level to your individual needs a hi/low switch to vary the sound intensity.

Put to the Test

  • Greg Screws at WMTV19 News, loaded the batteries, snapped everything into place then adjusted it on his ear. In the office he tried out the sound amplifier in the office from 25-30 feet away from his coworkers. He discovered that he could hear them talking but couldn't hear a word they were saying.
  • He also went outside to try it out but with all the ambient noise he still couldn't hear a thing.
  • He also experienced painful, continuous feedback.
  • Greg also suggested that it may work in a quite household with no ambient noise.
  • I checked out another [tags]sonic-personal-amplifier[/tags]test where Bill Parker found that he was also getting feedback. He mentioned that it sounds like he was talking into a bucket. He also thought that it might not be the best for conversations. He also mentioned it may be alright if you want to listen to TV with no one else is talking.

The Sonic Personal Amplifier basically amplifies the sound when it's in your ear just like a hearing aid. The big problem is that you're very limited to where and when you can use it. It is only $20 but you are paying the price of poor amplification.

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1 Jim McDonald November 27, 2011

I have a dc6-12 volt xl amplifier which I need a new battery. . Please tell me where I can purchase a battery for my Sonic xl amplifier. Thank You