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The BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier

Quick Overview

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. It comes in two models–The BEAN and the T-coil BEAN.

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$375.00

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. It comes in two models–The BEAN and the T-coil BEAN.

The T-coil BEAN can be used with hearing-aid compatible telephones and loop systems. Loop systems take their name from a loop of wire that is placed around a room or large area. The loop sends an electromagnetic signal to the BEAN, which then changes that signal to sound. The benefits are improved hearing in reverberant conditions or when a talker is too far away to be heard clearly with amplification.

Features

  • 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

Benefits

  • 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

The BEAN Starter Pack
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

Downloads

Instructions For Use

Technical Specs

Technical Specifications
  The BEAN The BEAN T-coil
Input Modes Microphone Microphone and Telecoil
Gain LO (15 dB)  -   HI (23 dB) LO (15 dB)
Signal Processing Analog Analog
Compression Type Wide Dynamic Range Adaptive Compression Wide Dynamic Range Adaptive Compression
Maximum Output [LO] 112.5 dB SPL 112.5 dB SPL
Maximum Output [HI] 114 dB SPL NA
Telecoil 1 kHz Sensitivity (nom.) NA -49.5 dBV @ 100mA/m
THD 3% 3%
Battery Type 10A  zinc-air 10A  zinc-air
Battery Life 2 weeks (16 hours/day) 2 weeks (16 hours/day)
Battery Current (typ) 425 uA 425 uA

The BEAN Charts

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Frequently Asked Questions

Select a category to read the FAQs:
Will The BEAN Work for Me?
Getting Started with The BEAN
How The BEAN Works
Hearing Enhancement and Testing
Customer Service

Will The BEAN Work for Me?

Who is the ideal user for The BEAN?
Can The BEAN be used by musicians?
Are there any situations where The BEAN won't help such as very loud environments?
What is a Personal Sound Amplification Product?
Do audiologists recommend personal sound amplifiers?

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?

Definition

The 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. FDA’s guidance document for consumers can be found here. See our history with FDA here.

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. Note: The BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier is a personal sound amplification product (PSAP).

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).

Getting Started with The BEAN

Do I need only one device or a pair?
What is the difference between The BEAN and The BEAN T-coil model?
When I order The BEAN, what will I receive? Is there a Starter Kit?
Which are the best eartips to use with The BEAN?
My voice sounds hollow when I insert The BEAN. What's going on?
What are filters, and what are they used for?
Does The BEAN come with batteries?
How long do batteries last?
How will I know when my batteries are depleted?

Do I need only one device or a pair?

Two devices are not required, but you will usually hear more effectively with two if you feel you need enhancement in both ears. We encourage consumers to purchase two and return one if they do not feel they benefit from the second. Most keep both because sometimes users don't see the benefit when they have only one.

What is the difference between The BEAN and The BEAN T-coil model?

There is a 2-position switch on both models. The BEAN has two levels of enhancement: Normal (N) and High (H). The two positions on the T-coil BEAN are Normal (N) and T-coil (T). In the T-position, the microphone on the BEAN is disabled to allow direct connection with telephone and hearing loops.

Experienced hearing loop user? Please take a short survey. Click here.

When I order The BEAN, what will I receive? Is there a Starter Kit?

Yes there is a Starter Kit that comes with The BEAN. It contains:

  • The BEAN personal 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

Which are the best eartips to use with The BEAN?

Ear canals come in different shapes and sizes. To obtain optimal sound quality, eartips must be properly sealed in the ear canal. While most often the best eartip is on The BEAN out of the box, each device comes with six additional styles of eartip. We recommend experimenting to see which eartip provides the most comfortable and effective seal. Please also read the following section on Occlusion Effect(hollow voice).

My voice sounds hollow when I insert The BEAN. What's going on?

If the eartip does not seal deeply in the ear canal, your own voice may sound “hollow.” That sound is called the occlusion effect.

  • Occlusion effect is caused by sound transmission into the ear from vibration of the ear canal wall when the ear is occluded by an eartip.
  • The vibration comes from sound pressure developed in the back of the mouth, most commonly caused by vibration from a person’s own voice, especially from speaking sounds “ee” and “uu.”

Occlusion effect is worse when there is a shallow insertion of the eartip. Deeply-sealed eartips reduce the occlusion effect. NOTE: If the hollowness or echo in your voice does not decrease after using the device for awhile, try one of the eartips with a long stem.

What are filters, and what are they used for?

  • Each BEAN is equipped with a special filter that enhances sound quality and prevents ear wax and other agents from entering the receiver.
  • If a filter becomes clogged, and sounds are weak or no longer audible, replace the filter.
  • The need to change filters varies widely among users and some never need to change them.
  • Instructions for changing filters are in the user manual.

Does The BEAN come with batteries?

Yes, there are eight batteries that come in the Starter Kit for The BEAN.

How long do batteries last?

Battery life is typically 9-10 days with continuous operation. If you turn off The BEAN when not in use (by opening the battery door), battery life will increase to about 2 weeks.

  • Do not remove the battery tab until ready to use The BEAN.
  • After a tab is removed, it may take a few seconds for air to enter the vent holes and activate the battery.
  • After a tab is removed, zinc-air batteries will go dead in about 4 weeks even if you do not use The BEAN.
  • It is sometimes possible to prolong the life of a battery by placing the tab back over the air holes, but results vary.
  • We recommend always carrying spare batteries.

How will I know when my batteries are depleted?

The BEAN has a built-in low-battery warning signal, which is a special feature that alerts the user when a battery is at the end of its life. It first sounds like a motorboat motor idling and becomes faster and louder. The performance of The BEAN does not change or decline when the warning sound is present. Once it is noticed, users can change batteries at a convenient time.

How The BEAN Works

In terms of what consumers “hear,” how do PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification Products) differ from hearing aids?
What are the benefits of The BEAN over other PSAPs?

In terms of what consumers “hear,” how do PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification Products) differ from hearing aids?

Both types of device allow consumers to hear sounds louder.

Similarities
  • Both hearing aids and personal sound amplifiers have the same three basic components: Microphone, amplifier and receiver.
  • Both amplify sound.
  • Both deliver sound through a sound tube at the end of the receiver.
  • Both come in in-ear and behind-the-ear models.
Differences
  • Hearing aids are intended to correct hearing loss, which is considered a medical condition by FDA.
  • Hearing aids are regulated by FDA – PSAPs are not.
  • All state laws require the sale of hearing aids only by licensed professionals.
  • Hearing aids are adjusted to compensate for impaired hearing in certain frequency regions—most generally in the high frequencies (pitches).
  • Hearing aids generally are digital and must be programmed with a computer; this often takes several visits to a professional’s office.
  • Many hearing aids have custom molds, but some are basically ready-fit: i.e., no ear impression is needed; the best (stock) eartip is selected by a professional.
  • PSAPs are intended to amplify sound, not correct hearing loss. Examples:
    --Enhanced hearing for hunters
    --Hearing TV better
    --Hearing better at a distance
    --Hearing better in the car
    --Hearing better in social situations
    --Hearing better in worship services
  • PSAPs can be purchased from any source (mail order, Internet, big box store, pharmacy, hearing professional, physician) without recommendation, prescription or state regulation.

What are the benefits of The BEAN over other PSAPs?

The BEAN automaticallyenhances soft sounds. It is intended for persons who want increased clarity for speech and to enjoy the richness of music. The BEAN’s built-in sensor detects and amplifies only soft sounds and is acoustically transparent for loud sounds. Circuitry in The BEAN automatically adjusts to the level of sound around you. The BEAN is designed to allow instant recovery from impact noise like hand claps and door slams, and slow recovery for loud sustained sounds. Your ears do not detect the change. What you hear is crystal clear sound. Other PSAPs do not do that.

Hearing Enhancement and Testing

Should I have a hearing test?
What contributes to the cost of hearing aids?
How do hearing aids deliver against users' needs and expectations?
How does the hearing aid industry view alternative delivery systems?

Should I have a hearing test?

Having a hearing test is a good wellness practice. Just like dental hygiene or an eye exam by an optometrist, it alerts a licensed professional to potential problems and provides a basis for monitoring hearing status. We know what we can’t see, but we don’t always know what we don’t hear.

What contributes to the cost of hearing aids?

Professional fees are usually included in the cost of hearing aids. Although the concept of “unbundling” (separating the cost of the device from the cost of professional services) has been discussed frequently throughout the professional community, it is the rare practitioner who lists the cost of hearing devices and the professional fee separately. Some third-party payers unbundle costs from fees, but the traditional method prevails. Another reason for the high cost of many hearing aids is the number of features included on the devices. There are basic instruments and there are instruments with multiple features such as directional microphones, noise suppression, adaptive telecoils, extra programs for specific environments and wireless connectivity with TV, smartphones, landline phones, computers and MP3 players. The more features, the greater the cost. Many hearing aids may be over-featured for some users.

How do hearing aids deliver against users' needs and expectations?

One of the definitions of satisfaction is how well a device or service meets a consumer’s expectations. The most important thing hearing professionals can do for consumers is to realistically assess their communication needs and set appropriate expectations for what hearing aids can and cannot do. Over-promising and under-delivering (when the real problem is difficulty hearing in noisy environments, which hearing aids cannot do much about) makes everyone unhappy. Experienced audiologists can select and adjust the many features available in modern hearing aids to provide a better fitting than is possible with a personal sound amplifier. Audiologists also provide valuable counseling. The audiologists at Etymotic Research have fitted an estimated total of 25,000 hearing aids, with an extremely low return-for-credit rate. Importantly, if personal sound amplifiers do not provide adequate performance, professional help is recommended.

How does the hearing aid industry view alternative delivery systems?

Hearing aid companies make hearing aids. Their customers are licensed hearing professionals, not end users. The industry does not publicly endorse or openly support the use of hearing enhancement devices that are not fitted by professionals. However, some hearing aid companies offer personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) under other brand names.

Customer Service

Where can I buy The BEAN?
Where can I buy batteries?
Where can I buy replacement eartips, filters and other accessories?
Does The BEAN come with a warranty?
What is Etymotic's Return Policy?

Where can I buy The BEAN?

The BEAN is currently available on the Etymotic website, from audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. It is also available on Amazon.com. Since The BEAN is so new, many hearing professionals may not be familiar with it, but if you contact one, mention that they can purchase it from one of their distributors for resale to consumers.

Where can I buy batteries?

  • The BEAN uses a #10 zinc-air battery, which is a battery commonly used in hearing aids.
  • #10A batteries are easy to find in pharmacies, big box stores or electronics stores.

Where can I buy replacement eartips, filters and other accessories?

You can purchase accessories online, call Customer Service at 847-228-0006 or toll free at 888-389-6684 or email us at customer-service@etymotic.com

Does The BEAN come with a warranty?

  • The BEAN carries a one-year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from an authorized Etymotic reseller.
  • For out-of-warranty devices or customer damage, repair costs can range from $50-$100.
  • You can purchase repair insurance. Visit the Etymotic website or contact Customer Service for more information.

What is Etymotic's Return Policy?

When a consumer purchases The BEAN directly from the Etymotic website, our policy is that the return must take place within 30 days. View the 30-Day Return Policy.

Quick Start: The BEAN

Quick Start: The Bean

TIPS for Using The BEAN:

  • The BEAN turns off when the battery door is open. The BEAN turns on when the battery door is closed.
  • A user may hear feedback that sounds like whistling while inserting the device. This is completely natural.
  • It may be necessary to take the device out of the ear to flip the switch. (Some users can use the switch while it is in the ear, but many cannot.)quick start step1

1. Battery and ON/OFF

  • Open the battery door — located on the bottom of the device.
  • Remove yellow tab from battery.
    Note: The battery has a flat side and a round side.
  • Place battery in the door and close.
    Note: Door will not close if the battery is inserted incorrectly.

Turn ON by closing battery door. A working battery must be in place. Turn OFF by opening battery door.
Note: Battery does not need to be removed if the door is open far enough to turn off the device.

Tip:
Always carry spare batteries.
Low-battery warning: When you hear a low rumbling sound, change the battery (refer to manual).

2. Eartips and Proper Insertion

When changing eartips make sure the eartip fits securely on the stem of the device.
quick start step 2a

quick start step 2c

The eartip that is most comfortable and seals the ear is the best choice.
Note: Eartips are reusable. Replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days and foam eartips regularly.
To properly insert: Pull ear up and out. Using a twisting motion, position the device horizontally in the ear with the switch toward the back of the ear.
Note: Feedback (whistling) may be heard while inserting the device until it is fully sealed in the ear.

quick start step 2b

Tip:
Deeply-sealed eartips reduce the “hollow” sound in your voice. If this happens, try to achieve a deeper seal. You may want to try an eartip with a long stem.

3. Operating the Switch

The BEAN

Normal setting — flip the switch toward the front of the device.
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High setting — flip the switch toward the back of the device for more sound.
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Tip:
Some people can flip the switch when the device is in the ear, but it is not unusual that you will have to take it out of your ear to change the switch position.

Refer to the user manual for complete instructions and troubleshooting information.

Quick Start: The T-Coil BEAN

TIPS for Using The T-coil BEAN:

  • The BEAN turns off when the battery door is open. The BEAN turns on when the battery door is closed.
  • A user may hear feedback that sounds like whistling while inserting the device. This is completely natural.
  • It may be necessary to take the device out of the ear to flip the switch. (Some users can use the switch while it is in the ear, but many cannot.)quick start step1

1. Battery and ON/OFF

  • Open the battery door — located on the bottom of the device.
  • Remove yellow tab from battery.
    Note: The battery has a flat side and a round side.
  • Place battery in the door and close.
    Note: Door will not close if the battery is inserted incorrectly.

Turn ON by closing battery door. A working battery must be in place. Turn OFF by opening battery door.
Note: Battery does not need to be removed if the door is open far enough to turn off the device.

Tip:
Always carry spare batteries.
Low-battery warning: When you hear a low rumbling sound, change the battery (refer to manual).

2. Eartips and Proper Insertion

When changing eartips make sure the eartip fits securely on the stem of the device.
quick start step 2a

quick start step 2c

The eartip that is most comfortable and seals the ear is the best choice.
Note: Eartips are reusable. Replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days and foam eartips regularly.
To properly insert: Pull ear up and out. Using a twisting motion, position the device horizontally in the ear with the switch toward the back of the ear.
Note: Feedback (whistling) may be heard while inserting the device until it is fully sealed in the ear.

quick start step 2b

Tip:
Deeply-sealed eartips reduce the “hollow” sound in your voice. If this happens, try to achieve a deeper seal. You may want to try an eartip with a long stem.

3. Operating the Switch

The T-coil BEAN

Microphone position — flip the switch toward the front of the device.
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  • 15-dB amplification and treble boost for soft sounds
  • No amplification for loud sounds

Telecoil position — flip the switch toward the back of the device for T-coil use.
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  • T-coil active
  • Microphone disabled

Using the Telephone

The phone can be used with the BEAN in either the M or T position.

M: Hold the phone up to the ear just as you normally do. If there is a small amount of feedback (whistle) when the phone is close to the BEAN, re-position the BEAN for a better seal. Some people choose to hold the phone out at a slight angle from the ear.

T: Flip the switch back to use with hearing-aid compatible phones and loop systems.

Tip:
Some people can flip the switch when the device is in the ear, but it is not unusual that you will have to take it out of your ear to change the switch position.

Refer to the user manual for complete instructions and troubleshooting information.

Contact Us about The BEAN

In Tab Contact

Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-389-6684 if you need to speak with a Customer Service Representative. You may also use The BEAN Contact Form to email us.

If you would like to ask a question please do so on the Ask A Question page.

Accessories

The following accessories are compatible with this product:

ER38-14A Small Beige Foam Eartips

ER38-14A Small Beige Foam Eartips

Package of 8 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 6-9mm

$14.00
ER38-14C Large Yellow Foam Eartips

ER38-14C Large Yellow Foam Eartips

Package of 6 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 10-14mm

$14.00
ER38-14F Black Foam Eartips

ER38-14F Black Foam Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm

$14.00
ER38-15SM Small Frost 3-Flange Eartips

ER38-15SM Small Frost 3-Flange Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 7-11mm

$14.00
ER38-15SML Small Frost  3-Flange Long Stem Eartips

ER38-15SML Small Frost 3-Flange Long Stem Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 7-11mm

$14.00
ER38-17 Glider Eartips

ER38-17 Glider Eartips

Package of 6 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-11mm

$14.00
ER38-18 Gray 3-Flange Eartips

ER38-18 Gray 3-Flange Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm

$14.00
ER38-18CLL Clear 3-Flange Long Stem Eartips

ER38-18CLL Clear 3-Flange Long Stem Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm

$14.00
ER38-30BN Windscreens

ER38-30BN Windscreens

Package of 2 windscreens

$10.00
ER38-45 Filter Removal Tool

ER38-45 Filter Removal Tool

1 filter removal tool for ER•4, hf Series, Music•PRO, HD•15, GSP•1, GSP•15, EB•15, EB15•LE, etyBLU2, etyBLU, ety8 and Home Hearing Test.

$1.50
ER38-46BN Filter Removal Tool with 4 Red Filters

ER38-46BN Filter Removal Tool with 4 Red Filters

4 filters and 1 removal tool for The BEAN and 2nd gen Music•PRO, GSP•15, HD•15 and EB•15LE

$11.50
ER38-50BN Red Filters

ER38-50BN Red Filters

6 filters for The BEAN and 2nd gen Music•PRO, GSP•15, HD•15 and EB15•LE

$15.00
ER38-65 Zipper Pouch

ER38-65 Zipper Pouch

For earphones and headsets
Dimensions: 4" x 2.5"

$4.00
ER38-65D Deluxe Zippered Pouch

ER38-65D Deluxe Zippered Pouch

Features 4 interior pockets and a convenient exterior pocket
Dimensions: 3.5" x 5.25" x 1.25"

$14.95
ER38-65EHP Hard Case for Electronic Hearing Protection

ER38-65EHP Hard Case for Electronic Hearing Protection

For The BEAN and all electronic hearing protection
Dimensions: 2.5" x 2.5" x 1"

$6.00
ER38-65L Leather Pouch

ER38-65L Leather Pouch

For earphones and electronic hearing protection
Dimensions: 3" x 3.25"

$4.25
ER38-65MC Zipper Pouch

ER38-65MC Zipper Pouch

For earphones and headsets
Dimensions: 4" x 2.5"

$4.00

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