About Magic Ear

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Nov 22, 2017

Calling itself the sound amplifier that you won’t be embarrassed to wear, Magic Ear hopes to give you super hearing with its discrete in-ear design. The device claims to be ideal for a variety of scenarios, from sitting at home watching some TV to going out to a crowded restaurant in the evening.

Despite its functionality, the Magic Ear is not directly positioned as a medical-strength hearing aid device for those who cannot hear well. Instead, it is described as a way to boost small sounds that don’t usually stand out, even if your hearing is at a normal level.

In order to further understand what the device entails (and whether or not it’s right for you), let’s briefly explore how it is said to work in the section below.

How Magic Ear Works

In the product’s commercial online, we are shown that it fits just behind the earlobe and has a clear cord that connects to a single headphone. It looks as though the product can be placed discretely in either ear, and features some basic controls on the top of the main device housing.

Aside from the power button, the other function seems to be the adjustable sensitivity setting, which can amplify sounds to be anywhere from 1-10X louder than normal. The standard human decibel gain range sits between 0 and 20dB, so this shows that the Magic Ear claims to increase this range by a factor of up to 10.

What we aren’t shown is how the product itself is powered, and customer service told us that they did not have this information as of this writing. If we had to guess, we’d venture to say that it uses a small watch-style battery like many other hearing aids, but we can’t state that with certainty.

Will the Magic Ear Really Help You Hear?

Though we are told very little about how the Magic Ear actually functions, it looks as though it features a highly sensitive microphone in the main housing that picks up sounds and feeds them in through the included headphone attachment.

Without having tested the device for ourselves, we can’t state with any authority that it will deliver an improvement in your hearing or not. That said, the manufacturer’s claim that the device is capable of amplifying sound to be up to 10 times louder is, if true, a big indicator of what its capabilities are.

For instance, medical-grade hearing aids often apply gain to certain frequencies only, allowing individuals to hear better at the ranges they struggle with. As a result, these products are often tailored to the individual needs of the wearer. With the Magic Ear, you’re simply getting a boost by a factor of 10 across the board.

In addition, because the device only plugs into one ear, this could be disorienting or uncomfortable for some after a longer period of use. Similar to wearing headphones in just one ear, it could potentially give you a sense of being “off-balance”, and there’s also the comfort factor to contend with.

All in-ear headphones produce some degree of fatigue in the ears over time, and for many, constantly wearing the device could lead to some pain and discomfort if the one-size-fits-all earbud proves to be improperly sized for your unique ear shape.

Magic Ear Pricing & Return Policy

As of this writing, Magic Ear was available exclusively online from the manufacturer’s website. It is sold in two main price structures:

  • Single payment: $149.97 + $9.99 S&H
  • Three monthly payments: $49.99 (x3) + $9.99 S&H

With either option, you’ll also receive a free carrying case for taking the device on the go. As for the return policy, you’ll have a 30-day money back guarantee attached to your order, less S&H fees. To initiate a return, you’ll need to reach out to Telebrands customer service at 1-855-668-1655.

Purchasing a Hearing Aid Like the Magic Ear

Simply typing “hearing aid” into Google or Amazon search pulls up thousands of different products, many of which feature designs quite similar to the Magic Ear. Because of this, it’s important to evaluate all of your options carefully before settling on the product that’s right for you.

For instance, one device, the Otofonix Hearing Amplifier, featured over 260 customer reviews on Amazon, 70 percent of which were five stars. Like the Magic Ear, it features ten different amplification levels, but it also includes four different preset modes as well; normal, noisy, treble, and quiet.

These settings are designed to help filter out certain sounds in various situations, and as such, they might be tremendously valuable for you depending on where you plan to use the product. In addition, these extra features come at a price; the Otofonix offering ran for $349.99 per device as of this writing.

Despite this slightly more expensive option, we also encountered several products that were cheaper than the Magic Ear, including the Britzgo Digital Hearing Amplifier which ran for $57.50 during our research. This product included many of the same features as the device at hand, though it lacked the presets found in the Otofonix.

If you’re searching for the right hearing device for your needs, consider these tips:

  • Not all ears are made equally. You may end up having to simply try a few different devices out before finding the one that fits you comfortably enough to be worn for long stretches of time, especially if your ears are slightly larger (or smaller) than normal.

  • Consider what your true needs are. If you feel as though you have actual hearing loss in certain frequencies but not others, it may make more sense to schedule a visit with an audiologist or other trained professional to discuss a more specialized medical hearing device.

  • Pay close attention to battery life. While many brands list this information, Magic Ear does not (and customer service was unable to provide it when we asked). Always be on the lookout for this information during your search, as it will directly affect how you use the device you end up choosing.

  • Determine how important advanced features are for you. This is likely an important consideration for some when choosing between several different products, as without the advanced modes found on devices like the Otofonix Hearing Amplifier, you’ll just be hearing everything in a louder state. In a noisy setting, this may not be ideal, and having certain frequencies filtered out automatically might be well worth the extra price of admission for many.

» See Also: Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs): A Comprehensive Buying Guide

The Bottom Line: Our Thoughts on the Magic Ear

Based on what we’ve learned about the Magic Ear, can you truly expect it to deliver on its main claim of helping you hear, without being embarrassed in the process?

On the one hand, the product seems to be inconspicuous when in-use based on its online commercial. The small form factor and clear cabling seem easy enough to hide, and the 10x sound amplification would likely be enough for most users, provided it actually delivers on that front. Again, without testing it for ourselves, we can’t confirm that it will.

In addition, we also encountered a few other products that, while more expensive in certain cases, include additional features that many may find valuable, such as the ability to filter out loud, high pitched noises or eliminate background audio from crowds.

Ultimately, as consumers ourselves, we’d feel hesitant to make a hasty purchase without first knowing more about the battery life and overall performance of the Magic Ear, especially when this information is readily available for several well-reviewed competitors. We tried reaching out to customer service multiple times, but ultimately came away with no additional information.

If you do end up giving the product a go, be sure to keep in mind the 30-day return policy. If you find that it isn’t the right hearing aid for your needs, you’ll be able to get a refund and try out something different.

» For Further Reading: Which Hearing Aid Is the Best? A Comprehensive Buying Guide

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.2
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  • 15 out 64 people found this review helpful

    I can't review as I don't own this.

    • Jul 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just saw a commercial for Magic Ear. I hadn't seen one of their commercials for a very long time, so I was surprised to see it. They are selling them pretty cheap compared to how much they used to be. Two sets for $19.99 plus free shipping. I wouldn't mind buying one, but I have no need for two, and I don't want to spend $20 to try it. I also don't buy things from TV ads because of the extra stuff they always end up charging you for. I'll hang on and wait to see if they sell it at Walmart.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 36 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Belleville, IL,
    • Aug 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The unit arrived promptly, but it's not worth the price of the batteries I used. It does NOT eliminate background noise. It "enhances" every sound including noise from the next room and the sound of your hand actually handling the speaker unit. If you want to make the world around you louder, then this is for you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 29 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Save your money

    • Knoxville, TN,
    • Aug 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this at Walmart for my better half so we didn't have to turn the TV volume up. He said it picked up every sound in the room! If I said anything, he said it sounded like I was yelling. Oh, he could hear with it, but not the way they represent it in the ad. I am writing a review to let everyone know that this is not worth the money. We are going to be returning it to Walmart.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Bad customer service, scam

    • Ava, MO,
    • Aug 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered Magic Ear with the special buy one and paid to ship on a second one. I get the product almost two months later. I received one Magic Ear instead of two. I was told the best they could do was give me $5 back. I think its a scam. They sent me the upgrade instead of the two units. It's not my fault they sent the wrong item. Now I have to pay to ship it back. Really disappointed! Definitely not 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Great concept, terrible product.

    • Danbury, CT,
    • Sep 10, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I got this for my 90-year-old mother. There was so much internal and external noise. Every movement was amplified. Very annoying for a senior citizen. I will be returning this back to Walmart. Great concept, too bad it's a piece of crap. You get what you pay for.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Never received product

    • Felton, CA,
    • Oct 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    On 5/30/18 I received notice that the product had shipped. They gave a way to track the order. Not only did I not receive the product, but the tracking site also could not be found. Equals a total SCAM!

    How can I get information about what happened?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Customer service

    • Utah,
    • Feb 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    We purchase the Magic Ear for our father simply for the fact that we are tired of watching TV with him with the volume turned up to 75+. I watched reviews and read reviews on this and feel fairly confident that this is exactly the product we need since hearing aids are not in his budget. I was especially impressed with a review done by a television station where they took it to a retirement home and all the patients in the retirement home gave it a thumbs up, even those that had expensive hearing devices really liked the Magic Ear.

    I completely understood the return policy from Magic Ear which is if we’re not completely satisfied or didn’t like the product that we could return it with a full refund, but I would be required to pay shipping. My argument and the thing that I am most disappointed in is that we received a Magic Ear that didn’t work at all. It did not amplify any sound, even for those of us with hearing could not pick up anything except for static, probably from the air phones connected to the device. We followed all directions, which was simple and very few, charge it fully turn, turn volume up plug the headphones in and we were a reasonable distance from the television. We could pick up nothing, not even the sound of people nearby talking.

    So I requested that I not have to pay for shipping to return it. I felt like that was fair, it wasn’t my problem that I received a product that didn’t work. It’s already a hassle to have to return something let alone pay for something that you trusted in and hoped would be a product that would be useful for you. It was their responsibility to send me a product that worked. This wasn’t a matter of me the customer not liking the product or the product not being what we thought it was, it was simply a matter of a product that didn’t work properly, so I shouldn’t be penalized for that. All I did was request that they pay for shipping for me to return the product. I’m a very dissatisfied and unhappy customer!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Total hype

    • Washington,
    • Mar 13, 2019
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    If it's possible to claim FALSE ADVERTISING, that would be it. Waste if time and money. Constant background noises, volume doesn't change. This product is a total joke. Like their commercials.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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