WHERE CAN THE HEARING LOOP BE FITTED?
Any buildings that use an amplification system or a microphone, such as meeting halls, theatres, senior citizens' clubs and churches are suitable for loop installation. In fact any building where a microphone and or a sound system is used can be fitted at a reasonable cost if an amplification system is already in use. The induction loop does not affect the efficiency of the existing amplification system.
Printacall is able to provide Audio Loops in locations without any amplification system, and also portable systems where required.
HOW CAN THE HEARING LOOP BE INSTALLED?
The whole room or hall is normally looped, with the cable under the floor, in the ceiling, under the carpet etc. The best method will be determined when quoting.
WHEN SHOULD A HEARING LOOP BE INSTALLED?
For new or renovated buildings with public access, there may be a legal requirement to install a loop system for the benefit of hearing impaired people who access the venue. Refer to the Australian Building Codes D3.7 with respect to hearing augmentation for further details and/or consult your building professional.
Loops should form part of the planning process for all new buildings. Churches, councils, and all people in charge of public buildings should consider installing hearing loops to assist people wearing hearing aids to receiver better sound reproduction. In addition, installation in older buildings is standard and can be accomplished with minimum interruption to current activities.
WHY SHOULD A HEARING LOOP BE INSTALLED?
It will encourage hearing aid wearers to attend functions at buildings where it is available. You don't have to plug into the loop, you just have to be seated within the magnetic field it produces, so permitting any number of people to benefit at the same time. The person's own hearing aid does the work. No additional receiver is required for those with hearing aids with a "T" switch. Loop receivers are available for those that don't have hearing aids or "T" switch and for testing the loop system.
The Hearing Loop will give most hearing aid wearers fuller enjoyment of live theatre, films, concerts, lectures, meetings and church services, as switching to "T" switch greatly reduces background noise. This is due to the direct magnetic transmission bypassing the indistinct sound caused principally by building acoustics such as reverberation time, the frequency response of the interior space and excessive echo.
By incorporating loops into your Disability Action Plan you are providing hearing impaired people with access to your services and facilities.
ISN'T A PA SYSTEM GOOD ENOUGH?
Sound from the speakers reflects off the room walls and a person with normal hearing can easily pick out the direct signal from the reverberation. For a person with hearing loss however, the sound is virtually unintelligible.
The resulting blurred sound for the hearing impaired often causes the complaint that, "it's loud enough, but I can't understand what is being said."
The audio loop system overcomes these problems and provides the best possible signal to the hearing impaired user.