During our site visit we will take multiple measurements of the space to be looped, gather various information, and discuss your specific needs.
We will also likely layout a test loop to determine the exact loop installation that will be needed in your venue. Many hearing loops are not a simple "loop" around a room and this test will tell us what is (or isn't) needed.
We are happy to discuss the viability of a hearing loop with you via phone and set up a time to meet with you, demonstrate a loop system, and test to ultimately determine cost for a loop system in your facility or home. Because we also have extensive experience with hearing aids themselves, we are able to bridge the gap between hearing loops and those who use them - enabling us to install and support a hearing loop system that is used seamlessly by as many people as possible.
Interested in a loop?
Hearing loops are custom designed based on a number of different factors including room size, building architecture / construction type, room use, etc... The best way to determine the cost and feasibility of a hearing loop is to arrange for a site visit. If you are interested contact us, and we will be glad to arrange a time to come to you.
The key to a great sounding hearing loop and happy users : A Proper Installation. Properly installed and adjusted hearing loops are necessary to provide the proper sound to the user. Unlike FM or infrared systems which are typically easy to install and require little adjustment or prior planning, loop systems must be properly planned, installed, and adjusted to meet the standard dictating how the loop should work to provide the proper benefits.
Hearing loops are most easily described as a slight magnetic field created in a listening area. This magnetic field carries an audio signal the t-coil in a hearing aid picks up, enabling the user to receive the sound wirelessly. The magnetic field strength and frequency response must not vary throughout the listening area to be sure that all users get the proper sound. Because of this, the IEC standard was created to provide a benchmark for all loop systems throughout the world.
A loop system meeting this standard is properly installed and will provide many users with great benefit. Unfortunately IEC is a standard, not a requirement. Because there are no licenses or certifications necessary to install a hearing loop, and no one checking to be sure the installation was done properly, loops can be installed that don’t work properly. When a hearing loop is not installed properly and does not meet the IEC standard the following happens:
The signal does not reach all users at the same level. For some it could be too loud while to others it might be too soft.
The loop might provide the correct decibel level of sound for some frequencies but not for others creating an unclear sound and unsatisfied user. Often times the sound for all users is not any better than without the loop.
Not sure how much a loop helps?
Let us come to you and set up a temporary hearing loop for demonstration. Invite people who typically have difficulty hearing and watch their excitement when they no longer need to strain to hear what is being said.