My 89 year old uncle has the same problem. I got him a pair of Sennheiser RS120 wireless headphone and he is enjoying TV once again.
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My dad is in the same boat, and I feel your pain. About 5 years ago I connected his TV (audio out) to a receiver and hooked up some small speakers on either side of his chair. With the speakers that close, there is a headphone effect without the annoyance. Your dad will feel more social isolation with headphones if others are watching with him. If he watches alone, this is less of an issue, although he might miss the phone or a knock at the door. By the way, tone controls (on the TV or receiver) or an EQ could be used to tweak the sound to his liking.
I highly reccomend the Sennheiser 140 wireless phones. They have a compression circuit that will enhance the TV dialog. My mother is 87, wears glasses and finds this Sennheiser model comfortable to wear and TV dialog much easier to understand. Try Amazon.com or J&R Audio. I think this is the best of the lot for your purpose.
While headphones will help I suggest you encourage your dad to return to the audiologist who fitted the hearing aids. Aids should be able clearly and intelligible hear speech, and do it under all contidions. I know, as a hearing aid wearer for over fifty years. The hearing aid technology today is more then capable of handling clear speech under every condition. Yes, there are hi-fi hearing aids and they are not expensive.
The issue really goes beyond the TV, in that he will not be hearing other sounds, like the speech of his grandchildren, kids etc., much more important then the TV.
I have something like this (wireless) that my wife won at some event (she is an audiologist so they must have something to do geared toward the hard of hearing), I'll take a closer look at them tonight when I get home. They are still in the original packaging (been sitting for 2 years). I can post more tonight as to what the box says, but if you want them, you can have them. Just e-mail me directly via clicking on my username. You can just pay for the shipping via UPS (preferably as we have a pick-up everyday at my office and it will minimize my hassle).
Okay, Elevick what I have is a Sennheiser Freeport 820 S system (you can probably do a google search and find out more). On the box it says RF wireless listening system for use with hearing aids. However, I am not sure if the additional wires for connecting to special types of hearing aides is included. There are no headphones, but the box states that any headphones can be connected to the portion of the device that is worn around the neck or near you. The other part of the device connects to the audio output of your TV and has the necessary cables to facilitate this. There is then a wireless broadcaster, a charging device (for the part that receives the wireless signal and gets either worn or placed near the listeners seating position - to which headphones plug in). Just let me know if you want it.