Earphones and a TV substitute — It’s just about impossible to hear the sound on a hospital TV. All too often, it comes out of that same paddle that your nurse call-button is on, and you might as well be listening to a distant group of quacking ducks. In fact, the TV is generally so small, and so far away, that it’s useless too. If your roommate is watching TV at the same time, there’s just no hope at all for you. Bring a pair of earphones, for sure. And a music source.