Not everyone prefers the soothing sounds of TV to fall asleep to at night; in fact, many don’t want to listen to the TV at all when they’re trying to sleep. Some, on the other hand, can’t fall asleep without having some kind of background noise to send them off to dreamland.

Is it possible to listen to the TV at night without disturbing others? Absolutely, in fact, there exists a number of ways you can enjoy the TV at night without waking the other people in your house.

Use a Pair of Headphones

Pair of headphones

(A pair of wired headphones)

Believe it or not, but just about any TV in existence has a headphone jack for a pair of headphones. You might be thinking, “Headphones don’t reach that far,” and you would be right if you were referring to wired headphones. But wireless? That isn’t much of a problem.

Bluetooth is a wonderful bit of technology. If your TV has Bluetooth capabilities, then you can switch to wireless, provided you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones that are strong enough to pick up the signal from the Bluetooth’s receiver.

But of course you don’t have to go with Bluetooth, considering not all TVs support Bluetooth. If that’s the case, you can always invest in a pair of wireless headphones that use radio frequencies to send the audio, and oftentimes are supported by just about any TV.

Buy a Roku 3 or 4

Buy a Roku 3 or 4

(Roku 3 remote with 3.5mm headphone jack)

Roku 3 and Roku 4 both have headphone support; in fact, if you examine the remote you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack that’s just begging to be used. Pop in a pair of headphones and the sound will filter into your headphones rather than disturbing your sleeping children and or significant other.

Unfortunately, there is a downside to using Roku. You’ll be stuck to content shown on Roku. Anything outside Roku won’t work, like live TV.

Use an Audio Amplifier

Contrary to its name, it doesn’t actually amplify volume, but rather transmits the sound from your TV into a headset or neckloop.

The base of the amplifier, that which transmit the sound, gets plugged into your TV’s headphone jack. It then transmits the sound to whichever device you choose. What’s great about using an audio amplifier is that it often comes with its own volume setting right on the headset and or neckloop, allowing one to adjust the volume without using the remote or tevelision.

Use a Streaming / TV App

It’s very common for TV service providers to have an app that you can download to your computer, laptop and desktop, mobile devices and tablets. You can get a lot more if you stick to laptops, mobile devices and tablets, since desktops are confined to desks.

Not only is this a great alternative, the applications that your television service provider most likely provide is usually free. It’s just a matter of installing the application to your device or visiting your service provider’s website and signing in with your account credentials. After signing in, you can sit back and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies, with a pair of headphones of course. Only this time you can use wired ones and or wireless–whichever you prefer.

Use Closed Captioning and Subtitles

Just about any content you watch on TV will have closed captioning or subtitles. What are they? Closed captioning and subtitles provide the spoken words and sounds that are present in a given movie and or TV show.

Now, not all sounds are translated into closed captioning and subtitles. Any kind of sound that’s translated is usually sound that’s important to the plot. If you’re watching watching a horror movie, and there’s a noise in the background, chances are good that closed captioning and subtitles will make of the sound in the background.


What makes closed captioning and subtitles worth using is you can enjoy movies and TV shows without ever hearing a single sound–it’s all text based.

However, closed captioning and subtitles are slightly different. Subtitles are best used if you can hear the audio or have trouble hearing the words being spoken; in some cases, the audio around the dialogue can drown the words, so subtitles can be used to enhance your understanding. Closed captioning, on the other hand, is all text based and that includes sounds.

Closed captioning

(Closed captioning)

Closed captioning also appears over the TV show and movie as white text against black for better visibility. Subtitles tend to simply be white text.

Bottom Line

As you can see, there is no shortage of options. If you had to choose, your best bet is to invest in a pair of headphones. If you have a Roku 3 or 4, again, grab a pair of headphones but they can be wired. However, a pair of wireless headphones is, by far, the best method.