Bought a Hearing Loop System for Your Apartment or Home? Here’s How to Set it Up Right.

Well done! In an effort to hear your favorite TV programs without irritating family members, you recently got a hearing loop. Although it may have seemed like a challenge to find the right system from all the fantastic options available, it should be easier for you to set up your hearing loop once you get it home and unpack it. Fortunately, a specialist is not needed to install a hearing loop in your home, because the steps are rather simple.

Getting organized. There are 4 primary parts to most hearing loops: a sound source (a phone or television set, for example), a wire loop, an amplifier and a sound receiver (which is usually your hearing aid). Make certain you have all the equipment and accessories you will need to put in the system. Dependant upon the particulars of the loop system you’re putting in, a few additional tools, such as a screwdriver and an industrial stapler, will make your installation faster and easier.

The steps. The first step is to choose a spot for your amplifier close to your television –either placing it on a shelf or affixing it beside or underneath a cabinet with the tape or fasteners provided to you in your kit. Second, plug the loop amplifier into a power outlet and then into your TV’s audio output jack. Finally, string the amplifier’s wire around the perimeter of the room you are working in either along carpet edges or around the ceiling edges, stapling it over doorways to keep it out of the way. Easy as that.

Finally, follow the loop system manufacturer’s instructions to modify the volume and any additional settings your system may have. The volume controls vary by system and can be located on the amplifier or a separate control pad.

Caution. Don’t put your loop system or any electronic equipment near water, such as around an aquarium, a sink or a flower vase that could possibly be knocked over. Always keep the components of your device dry, even when cleaning. Additionally, avoid installing the hearing loop system near a heat source such as a stove, heater or fireplace or other heat-generating appliance. To prevent overheating your hearing loop, position it in a location that allows sufficient air flow not inside a closed cabinet.

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