Listen Up with Tunity

Tunity AppWhen I was turned on to Tunity, an app that is designed to help you listen to muted television’s from your mobile device, I was skeptical. I didn’t really know if it would be useful for me. Manny, who nominated the app, is a huge sports fan. He uses it while out at restaurants and bars to hear muted games on the screens.

I am not that in to sports. I don’t go to many bars and if I do, it’s usually to listen to live music.

The Waiting Place

As the idea of Tunity was resonating in the back of my mind, I slowly began to recognize how much of our time is spent waiting. Also, I was immediately reminded when I read my daughter Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” about “The Waiting Place:”

Waiting for a train to go                                                 Waiting for the fish to bite
or a bus to come, or a plane to go                                 or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or the mail to come, or the rain to go                          or waiting around for Friday night
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow                  or waiting around perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or the waiting around for a Yes or No                         or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or waiting for their hair to grow.                                  or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
Everyone is just waiting.                                                or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

Such a great tale for all ages. While Dr. Seuss’ vision of waiting is a bit more abstract, we do spend a lot of time waiting – doctors’ offices, the hospital, airports, take out restaurants, for friends at the bar before the live music starts, etc. Most of these places have muted televisions. This is when Tunity comes in handy!

Reading in Silence While Your Partner Watches TV

The moment of truth for me with Tunity was when I was lying on the couch the other night reading. My husband was putting our daughter to bed. It was so peaceful. The first night warm enough to leave the sliding glass door open to listen to the birds chirping as the sun set. I was completely relaxed, really in to my book “Happier.” A few minutes later, my husband plops down on the couch and turned on the television to catch up on Sunday’s season finale of Homeland.

Ah-ha, I thought.

I politely asked him to download the Tunity app, mute the TV, and put on his headphones to watch the finale while I continued to read peacefully. He obliged, seeing the (rare) look of utter relaxation on my face. (Thank you, Hubbs!)

How Does It Work?

It’s so simple and it’s free! Follow these easy instructions:

  1. Download the free Tunity app for iOS or Android.
  2. After it is downloaded, open the app. It wastes no time and takes you directly to the scan screen.
  3. Point the orange box on the phone screen at the TV. Then press the “Tap to scan” button.
  4. The scan will take about 10 to 20 seconds, depending how far away you are from the television. You don’t need to be too close but it may take longer.
  5. To fine tune your scan, tap the rewind and fast forward buttons.

It usually works on the first scan, but sometimes you may need to “Scan Again” or “View Available Channels.”

Enhancing the Experience for Those Who Are Hearing Impaired

The latest update to Tunity now features the ability to synchronize Starkey’s Hearing Technologies Halo 2 Wireless headphones. These iPhone hearing aids allow users to access smartphone features, such as music streaming, phone calls, audio access to emails and social notifications, and GPS geotagging. With Tunity and the Halo 2 headphones, listen to any muted television.