Etymotic BEAN

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Etymotic. I received a product to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


My husband is older than me and it’s been a long running joke for me to tease him about how “old” he is, after all he is nearly five years older than me, so it’s my prerogative right? Thankfully he’s a good humored kind of guy and puts up with my teasing, not that he’s never teased me. Ha! You should hear the short jokes, the Canadian jokes and whatever else his twisted mind comes up with. But we love each other, don’t get me wrong.

Back to the age jokes…with those age jokes come the hard of hearing jokes. My husband really struggles with wax build up in his ears. Seriously, he should go more than once a year or so to get his ears cleaned out but he doesn’t. He let’s it go soooo long that if his bad ear is facing you or he’s laying on his good ear in bed he cannot hear what you are saying. He cannot hear what is playing on the computer when we watch movies or TV shows. I almost think he let’s it go so long so he gets a break from our noisy household!

Enter the Etymotic BEAN.

Bean inside box

Etymotic BEAN

The BEAN is…

  • Designed to ampilfy quiet sounds
  • Requires no medical referral or prescription
  • Ready-to-use right out of the box – no adjustments, no controls to adjust
  • Two-position switch offers two levels of amplification: Normal 15 dB (decibels) or High 23 dB
  • Handles high-level music without distortion
  • Long battery life (10-12 days)

An interesting fact: “Etymotic” means “true-to-the-ear”.

Bean package_

The BEAN came with a few accessories:

  • Assortments of eartips (we did not use them all)
  • Filter tool (seen just above the little red filters) and extra filters
  • Cleaning tool
  • Leather storage pouch
  • #10 batteries and lots of them!
  • User manual
  • Comes with a 1 year warranty

Etymotic BEAN Review

I think my husband gave me a dirty look when the BEAN arrived and I told him it was for him to review. I don’t tell him when I get products for him to review because he’ll just forget. Better to tell him when it arrives. I just do not always have good timing!

Bean pair 1_

Hubby’s Review

My husband said the BEAN felt too weird and amplified the children’s voices and noise too much for him. He also said something about the sound having a fuzzy background noise.

He hasn’t given it a second chance….yet.

My Review

Bean in my ear_
The incorrect way to put the BEAN in your ear.

Yes, I even tried the BEAN. I have no hearing issues except when my children are being loud and I am trying to talk/listen to my husband or watch a video. The Bean felt weird in my ears but it did amplify the video I watched while using them. I could definitely hear better and clearer.

My voice sounded very is muffled when the Bean is in my ear. If they had an off switch, I could use them as ear plugs! Speaking of ear plugs Etymotic does have ear plugs and ear phones available in their product line.

Bean correctly in my ear_

The correct way to put the BEAN in your ear.

I think the BEAN will be helpful to my husband and others who have trouble hearing, whether they wear it sometimes or on a daily basis.

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  1. Kelsey Apley says:

    How neat, it sounds like it would work great, and I love how you shared a pic of how to and not to wear it!!!

  2. Melanie says:

    interesting, I’ve never heard of these!! great review, thanks!

  3. Angela says:

    I’ve never heard of these. I can think of a couple people who would benefit from the Bean though!

  4. Kathleen says:

    These look great. My step dad hates to wear his hearing aid, he calls it his Sunday ears because he will only wear it to church. Maybe he would like these better.

  5. Hmmmm — I guess if you weren’t ready to commit to hearing aids, this would be the way to go … but I think I would get tired of hearing my own voice muffled.

  6. Sheri says:

    I have hearing issues and I really need to do something about it soon. This looks useful.

  7. HilLesha says:

    I have always had a little trouble of hearing out of my right ear. I had endless ear infections as a kid (had tubes put in twice in each ear), so I’m not sure of that has anything to do with it or what. However, I’ll probably eventually need something like this.

  8. Shell Feis says:

    I totally would have put it in the wrong way! It’s too bad it didn’t work well for your husband but maybe it’ll work better next time!

  9. what a great device and my brother is constantly complaining he can’t hear maybe he can use something like this

  10. Lolo says:

    I really wanted my dad to try these out.

  11. Leilani says:

    I Should tell my mom about this!

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