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bit of a daft question but is there anyway that you can control how high your television volume can go?? My son has his televison on all night as it helps him settle in his room (he is autistic and 14… Read More
rosalie Avatar
9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
bit of a daft question but is there anyway that you can control how high your television volume can go?? My son has his televison on all night as it helps him settle in his room (he is autistic and 14) but he has started turning the volume up with his sky remote to the volume we can hear it a bit and i am worried about his hearing going if it goes on for much longer but i cant keep spending all night going into his room and turning it down again. i cant take the remote off him as he likes to change channels for a bit before he goes to sleep and this keeps him in his room and i am able to sleep. i would even settle for some way i can turn it down without going into his room as at least then i am not getting in and out of bed all night. so if anyone has any ideas or knows of a website that may help i would be very grateful as i have been searching for ages, :-D
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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banned#1
why not buy him a pair of wireless headphones? -- second thoughts it might damage his hearing


have u considered getting ear plugs for yourself?
banned#2
i know a little drastuc but could you not somehow break the volume button :oops: sorry i have no other ideas:oops:
[admin]#3
This is the best I found on a quick google

http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/earsavolifor.html
#4
You can set it so the Tv goes off automatically after a certain time (well i can on my ****** old tv)
#5
Some tvs have a lock feature so you cant change channels or volume etc.
#6
You could buy one of those all in one remotes that has a learn feature, Then only teach it the channel up and down and off. I have one of these which would work great.
http://www.sparky-uk.com/index.asp?function=DISPLAYPRODUCT&productid=32

Sorry i have just noticed its out of stock but you get the idea, just make sure it has a learn function for individual buttons.
#7
Reprogramme the sky remote so it doesnt woek the tv commands!
ie press tv
hold down the select and red key until the led flashes twice put in a code
http://www.satcure.co.uk/tech/digicode2.htm#mycode has a list of codes jut choose one that is for another make of tv etc.
then press select again!
IJH
#8
ijhawkins is right as the volume button controls the tv and has nothing to do with the sky box. aslong as he was watching channels through the box and not the areial it would be fine, only thing you lose is the ability too turn the tv on and off with the remote.
#9
I think the cheapest and most effective solution (that can't easily be worked around) would be to add a variable resistor to the circuit inside the TV that connects the speaker to the TV's internal amplifier.

I know that probably sounds horribly technical, but it's fairly simple. All it would require would be opening up the TV, cutting one of the wires that goes to the speaker, and wiring a variable resistor in between the TV's amp and the speaker. This would in effect give the TV a hidden 'master' volume control, which could be used to limit the volume to any level you like.

I wouldn't advise you to do it yourself if you've got no experience with electronics, but if you know any nerds, they should be able to do it for you. It shouldn't cost any more than a fiver for the parts (one variable resistor per speaker, which cost about £1 each, plus solder and insulator tape) Failing that, if you speak to someone at the customer helpdesk at Maplin, they'll probably jump at the chance to do something so nerdish. You'll probably need to arrange with them to do the job outside of work and for a fee (about £20 would be fair, I'd say), but it ought to do the trick.
#10
thanks for the replys i will give jhawkins a go as i didnt realise i could reprogramme the sky remote so might work. if that doesnt i will do dxx's as have done some electronic experience thanks
i knew there would be ppl on here with the answer

sassie, that was my original plan, i was going to open the remote up and nobble the up volume lol but these ideas seem a bit less drastic. i going to check the watt of the speakers so i buy the correct resistor so it wont overheat.
banned#11
good luck rosalie hope everything works out for you :thumbsup:
banned#12
Can be hard sometimes, but just because they are Autistic it doesn't make them a lesser person than the next person.

Autism is a very strange thing for ppl to comprehend, unless they have first-hand experience, especially if it is a brother/sister.

Try here, and hope it is useful:
http://www.nas.org.uk/
#13
i never ever said, nor has anyone here given any indication he was a lesser person i was just trying to explain why a 14 year old was managing to control the situation. i just cant take any more of shopping channels, i want to reach into the tv and strangle the presenters lol He is actually more intelligent than a lot of kids his age just because he doesnt have speech ppl think he isnt and get proven wrong lol

thanks sassie going to give it a go when he is in respite so he doesnt see us doing it and "lose" the volume a bit at a time so he wont notice to much.

corinne
#14
Rosalie - I got the impression that Soupy was empathising with you and that the comment was aimed at the general publics view of things.....

Hope you find a suitable solution :thumbsup:
banned#15
rosalie
i never ever said, nor has anyone here given any indication he was a lesser person i was just trying to explain why a 14 year old was managing to control the situation. i just cant take any more of shopping channels, i want to reach into the tv and strangle the presenters lol He is actually more intelligent than a lot of kids his age just because he doesnt have speech ppl think he isnt and get proven wrong lol

thanks sassie going to give it a go when he is in respite so he doesnt see us doing it and "lose" the volume a bit at a time so he wont notice to much.

corinne

Great stuff, hope you enjoy a little time to yourself too, we all need that whatever age our children are XX
#16
Can't you get some kind of "video sender" device from sky so you can change channels in another room?

Get another sky remote and turn the volume down if he turns it up.
#17
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5345014.htm

Why not try this solution, get a wireless remote sender similar to the one above (Im sure Ive seen them cheaper than that, so shop around), place one in his bedroom pointing at the Sky box (it can be placed up high on a shelf as long as there is a line of sight to the sky box). Place the other sender in your room. You can then operate his sky box from your room, you will need a second remote control though.... Simple as that.
banned#18
Apologies Rosalie, perhaps I wrote it the wrong way (as gari189 mentioned).
What I mean is most ppl just don't understand Autism, that really irritates me. So I put a link so ppl can take a look.

Anyway...
My bro is Autistic (but older than your kid), and he too tends to have the volume quite high when watching his favourite videos (back2back).

So much could be said, but I'll leave it there just incase I word it wrong.

All I have found, that may help you is this, I'm not sure if it can be set at a max volume and the automatic limit kicks in the level you set, but perhaps worth a look:
http://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-VR1-Automatic-TV-Controller/dp/B00008VWOJ
Only other things I have found, needs line of sight or are V. expensive, bulky, but will post if I find anything I think may be useful and work.

Hope it helps & enjoy your chillout respite time ;)
#19
its ok soupy. think the school hols made me more sensitive to comments than usual. any ideas on a volume control on his mouth???????? lol we have bought a couple of variable resistors today so gonna take his telly apart soon. dont think it would be to bad if they didnt like same thing over and over again, just glad he grew out of thomas the tank engine :)
the audiovox looks interesting if the resistors dont work as its a cheap telly anyway so cant do to much damage ;)

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