Connecting a headset to your TV allows you to watch television without disturbing others around you. If your hearing is impaired, you can wear headphones instead of turning the volume up to eardrum shattering levels. If your television has a headphone jack, it’s simply a matter of plugging in your headset. If your TV lacks a headphone jack, purchase an adapter that will allow you to listen through the RCA audio output on your TV or the audio source. You can get the adapters online or through local stores that sell audio equipment.
- Locate the headset jack on your television set. Most TVs with headset jacks have them on the front or side panel, but smaller TVs may have them on the back. If you can’t find a headset jack, consult the manual to see if your TV supports headsets. If your TV doesn’t have a headset jack, check for an RCA output. Many TVs have them to connect external speakers.
- Plug the red and white connectors on the adapter into the matching RCA audio output ports on your TV.
- Plug the 3.5 mm male audio connector on the headset into the female connector on the adapter.
Things Needed: RCA male to 3.5 mm female adapter, RCA female to 3.5 mm female adapter
- If your TV does not have a headset jack or audio output connections, check with the manufacturer of your headset. Some manufacturers offer microphones you can plug your headset into and attach to your TV.
- If the TV is receiving audio from another source, such as a video game console or DVD player, you can use an RCA female to 3.5 mm female adapter to plug the headset directly into the audio source. The downside to this method is the TV won’t receive any audio input, so it’s only good for watching TV alone.