What is a hearing loop?
A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.
The hearing loop consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area i.e. a meeting room, a church, a service counter etc to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
Below is a diagram of a hearing loop at a shop counter or bank
Below is a diagram of a room hearing loop (e.g. at an event, place of worship etc)
Why use a hearing loop?
- Cuts out unwanted background noise
- No need to use a receiver/headset
- Sound goes directly into the hearing aid
- Can be used by anyone with a compatible hearing aid
- It is inconspicuous
- Cost effective
- Any number of users can use the system
What is a hearing loop video
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How does a hearing loop work video
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How can a hearing loop help you?
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More about hearing loops from Contacta
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