Just Acquired a Hearing Loop System for Your Home? Here’s How to Install it Correctly.
A hearing loop is a terrific way to listen to your favorite shows on TV without disturbing the rest of your family – congratulations on your new purchase! Choosing which model to buy may not have been simple, but setting up your hearing loop shouldn’t be hard. You will not need to hire an expert to install your system if you adhere to these straightforward, general steps.
In the box. Loop systems have four main parts – the sound source (your telephone or television), the wire loop, the amplifier and your hearing aid or sound receiver. As with every home improvement project, it is a good idea to make sure you have all the correct tools and equipment on hand before you start setting up your new system. Dependant upon the particulars of the loop you’re putting in, a few extra tools, such as stapler and a screwdriver, might make your setup faster and easier.
The basic steps. The first step is to find a place 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. The second 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 sound source. Lastly, run the amplifier’s wire around the perimeter of the room you are working in either by tucking it under the edges of the carpet or around the ceiling edges, stapling it over doorways to keep it out of the way. And that’s really all there is to it! The last thing left to do is adjust the volume settings using the hearing loop system manufacturer’s instructions. The volume controls vary by system and can be located on the amplifier or a standalone control pad.
Important safety tip. Don’t put your device or any electronic equipment near water, such as around a sink, an aquarium or a flower vase that could be knocked over. Always use a clean, dry cloth to clean the components of your new system. Also make sure the loop is far from heat sources, such as a space heater or even other electronics. Be sure to set up the hearing loop in a well-ventilated space, not enclosed in a cabinet or box where it is likely to get too hot.