Induction Loop Systems for the Hard of Hearing and Hearing Impaired.
All buildings used by the Public are required to take reasonable steps to make physical changes to buildings to ensure equality of access to services for disabled people. As a matter of good practice and consideration many organisations have already installed induction loop systems to their buildings. If you do not have such a system, you should take steps to ensure that your building complies with the regulations of the Disability Discrimination Act.
If your organisation needs an induction loop system, there can be a major cost saving if it is installed at the same time as a PA system is updated, installed or maintained. We can arrange to visit your church or other establishment free of charge and discuss your own individual requirements and specification of an induction loop facility. Induction loops can only help hearing aid users. They are wired into new or existing sound systems and carry a special signal which can be picked up by virtually all modern hearing aids. The quality of sound reproduction obtained in this way is vastly superior to sound picked up by the hearing aids built-in microphone, because the microphone will pick up all sorts of extraneous noise, echoes, reverberation and so on which the human ear can filter, but a hearing aid cannot. The induction system works by transmitting magnetic signals through a loop of wire. These signals come from regular audio sound systems through special equipment or from specially installed microphones. The location of the loop is crucial because it has to be effective but unobtrusive. Specialist equipment is needed to check and survey the exact details and to ensure uniform signal coverage. Other options exist such as stand alone devices for small area coverage such as would be required on a Reception desk. This would also allow for better privacy if required.
Other systems such as the Sennheiser MobileConnect system can be integrated into a building without the need to run any extra cables around the perimeter of the area that requires a hearing system. Such systems typically use a WiFi network and users can use there own mobile devices (with Headphones) to listen to the audio stream. [free App is required] Adapters are also available should the user already have a hearing aid or an implant.
We cover the majority of the country for the installation of Complete Sound systems which will usually include a hearing loop system. If you are interested in just a hearing loop system it may not be financially beneficial if you are situated a long way away from our base in Lincolnshire, as the travel costs would increase the overall coast of the installation.
Current thinking loop amplifier
Loop cable installed
Loop and trunking installed
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