Needing Help Putting in a Hearing Loop in Your Home?

Congrats. To be able to hear your favorite T.V. programs without aggravating the household, you recently acquired a hearing loop. Deciding on which model to purchase may not have been easy, but setting up your hearing loop won’t be difficult. Luckily, a professional isn’t required to install a home hearing loop, because the steps are quite simple.

Organizing Your Workspace

There are four major components to most loop systems: a sound source (a telephone or television set), a wire loop, an amplifier and a sound receiver (the function typically played by your hearing aid). Make sure you have all the parts and tools you will need to set up the system. It might be helpful to have stapler and a screwdriver on hand.

Installing The System

 The first thing to do is to place the amplifier in a convenient location near your sound source (normally a TV), being certain to adhere to any directions the vendor provides for using certain tape or screws to connect the amplifier to a piece of furniture or a wall. The subsequent step is to plug your amplifier into a power outlet and to connect your amplifier’s input jack to the audio output jack of your television. Step three is to position the wire loop along the room’s perimeter, securing it with staples either underneath the carpet, along the baseboard or against the top of the wall.You’re done. Wasn’t that easy?

Now all you need to do is set up the volume controls as described by the hearing loop manufacturer. These controls can be located on the amplifier itself or on a standalone device or remote depending on the loop system’s design.

Important Safety Tip

Don’t put your device or any electronics near water, such as around an aquarium, a sink or a flower vase that might be knocked over. Always keep the components of your loop system dry, even when cleaning. Also ensure that the hearing loop is far away from heat sources, such as space heaters, fireplaces or even other electronics. Make sure to set up the hearing loop system in a well-ventilated space, not closed up in a cabinet or box where it may become too hot.

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