A hearing loop is an ideal way to listen to your favorite shows on TV without bothering your entire household – congratulations on your recent purchase! Although it may have seemed like a challenge to decide on the ideal system from among all the great options out there, it should be much simpler for you to install your hearing loop after you get it home and unpack it. If you can carry out a few simple, step-by-step directions, you won’t need a specialist to set up the system.
Getting organized. There are four primary parts to most home hearing loops: a sound source (a phone or television, for example), a wire loop, an amplifier and a sound receiver (likely your hearing aids). Make sure you have all the parts and tools you will need to set up the device. Dependent upon the specifics of the hearing loop system you’re installing, a few additional tools, such as a screwdriver and an industrial stapler, will make your setup faster and easier.
The work involved. The first step is to choose a location for your amplifier close to your television set –either sitting on a shelf or affixing it underneath a cabinet with the fasteners or tape provided in your kit. Next, plug the loop amplifier into a power outlet and then into your television’s audio output jack. Lastly, run the amplifier’s wire around the perimeter of the room you are working in either along carpet edges or around the ceiling edges Be sure to staple it in place over doorways.
You’re done. Wasn’t that easy? The last thing left to do is modify the volume settings according to hearing loop manufacturer’s instructions. These controls can be located on the amplifier itself or on a standalone device or remote depending on the hearing loop system’s design.
Safety warnings. Never position any electronic equipment in or around water, or in areas where moisture may accumulate. Always keep the components of your hearing loop dry, even when cleaning. Finally, avoid installing the system near a source of heat such as a stove, space heater or fireplace or other heat-generating appliance. Be sure to put the system in a well-ventilated space, not enclosed in a cabinet or box where it is likely to get too hot.