David Mason R.H.A.D Hearing Aid Audiologist Ampleforth, York.    Tel: 0800 612 7 812
0800 612 7812

David has now retired and has
handed over the business to
Mr Robert Donnan RHAD.

Please be assured that his service and commitment to his clients are in direct parallel with our own. He has recently opened a branch in Fulford, York and has a number of other highly useful resources that you may find useful in the future. This includes Micro suction.

You can have every confidence in his service and I'm delighted to say that he always treats people with consideration and commitment. If you are interested in the latest hearing instruments he will only be too pleased to organise a free trial.

David Mason - August 2016

www.rjdhearingcare.co.uk

York Hearing Practice, 92 Main Street, Fulford, YORK YO10 4PS

Freephone 0800 612 7812



Loop systems


You've probably heard of them – so what exactly are they?


An induction loop system consists of a thin wire that is placed around the listening area connecting to a special amplifier and microphone.

Speech signals are amplified and circulated through the loop wire.

The resulting magnetic energy field is detected and amplified by the ‘telecoil’ common to many hearing aids, cochlear implants and induction loop receivers.

The end result is a high quality amplified reproduction of the original speech signal. Intelligibility is greatly increased because the distance between the speaker and the listener is bridged and background environmental noise is reduced. A loop can also be set up with a microphone to help hearing aid users hear conversations in noisy places. In the theatre, a loop can help you hear the show more clearly.

What’s so good about using a loop?

Using a loop means that sound goes straight into your hearing aid eliminating most background noises. This is useful because:

  • The loop microphone only picks up the sound you wish to concentrate on, such as the TV; it cuts out unwanted background noise.
  • You can adjust the volume to suit yourself by using the volume control on the amplifier box – without affecting anyone else such as your family or neighbours.
  • If you’ve ever had an embarrassing moment at the bank i.e. you can't hear what the cashier is saying, all you do is switch your hearing aid to the loop and all will become clear.
  • There is far less distortion than if you simply turn up the volume on the TV; and here’s a big one now:
  • The advantage is that you could have given up going to the theatre, listening to live concerts, attending committees or meetings or even going to church. The loop, in partnership with a correctly fitted hearing aid, will give you back these gifts.

How to use an induction loop system

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  • If you have a hearing aid with a ‘T’ setting all you have to do is switch to ‘T’. Digital systems can usually have a ‘dedicated’ programme or a ‘T’ switch. However, most digital hearing aids can now be supplied with a small remote control so you don't have to worry about fiddly knobs and switches.
  • If you do not have a suitable hearing aid you can still use a loop, but you will also need a loop listener. Some loop listeners are small boxes with headphones – others are worn as an earpiece.

More than one person can benefit from a loop installed in a room as long as they each have a hearing aid set to ‘T’, or a loop listener.

You are not wired to any other equipment so you are free to listen from anywhere within the loops area meaning you can move around quite freely.

Installing an induction loop in the home

how-to-install-an-induction-loop Did you know you could get a loop system for your own home? If you buy a loop system, you can install it yourself or ask someone who is good at DIY to do it for you.

Full instructions for installation should be included with the equipment.

Installing the loop wire itself is the trickiest part, as it is usually placed right round the room at skirting board level. It can be routed over doors and window frames. This does not affect how well it works.

Tip – if you install the loop yourself, make sure that you do not cut the loop wire that goes around the room as it is of a calibrated length. Even some electricians are not aware of this so do please make sure this information is passed on.

The loop amplifier is normally placed close to the source of sound and connected directly by a plug-in lead – in the case of television this is through the SCART connection.

If a direct connection is not available, a microphone can be used to pick up the sound from the loudspeaker. To operate the system just plug the amplifier into the mains socket, position the microphone – if there is one – and switch it on.

Volume and tone can be adjusted separately on most loops.

A wide range of loop and infrared systems is available for use in the home. If you buy privately, you can expect to pay from about £90 -£120. Tip – please remember that the VAT is reclaimable on this. Also, if you contact the DSS they may be able, eventually, to provide and install one free.

The great benefit here is that the loop operates independently from the television set which means that you can set the volume on the loop that in turn is fed into the hearing aid at a comfortable level. This means that the television volume can be set to the level of the person who has normal hearing... everyone wins. I really can’t recommend these systems highly enough.

How will I know if an induction loop has been installed in a building I am visiting?

induction-loop-sign When a building has been fitted with a loop or infrared system you will usually find this mentioned in their adverts, newsletters and at the entrance to the building. Informative signs and symbols will usually be displayed.

You may also find that ‘dead’ spots – seating areas where reception is not good – have been marked with a special sign.

What is the Disability Discrimination Act?

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) aims to stop discrimination against disabled people, including deaf people, in the workplace, and when accessing goods and services.

Goods and service providers include theatres, cinemas, places of worship, conference halls, banks, supermarkets, airports, shopping centres and bus and train stations.

The Act says that service providers may not discriminate against a deaf person by refusing to provide a service, or offering service of a lower standard or on less favourable terms, on the grounds of their deafness or hearing loss.

Service providers must also make adjustments to the way in which they provide goods or services to enable deaf people to access them.

What does this mean in terms of loop and infrared systems?

Service providers did not require to make adjustments requiring physical alterations to their premises until October 2004. This means that they did not have to install permanent loop systems if this will require physical alterations to the premises.

However, service providers must supply auxiliary aids and services where this would enable, or make it easier, for a deaf person to access a service. A temporary induction loop is classed as an auxiliary aid.

If a service provider already has an induction loop or infrared system, they are required by the law to make sure that the system is properly maintained and that staff know how to use it. This applies to temporary and permanent systems.

Loop systems - A personal note

Hearing aid dispensing can be very challenging... and very rewarding, but none gives me greater pleasure than when a client hears through the loop for the first time – it is an absolutely magic moment!

Imagine the frustration of trying to follow a film, a discussion or a favourite family video where the television either is too loud for your other family members, or if the television is set to the family’s hearing, the sound becomes distant and ‘muffled’.

So, what happens? You can only concentrate for so long, you miss a word here and another word is misinterpreted, the meaning changes, you ask what the word was, the sentence moves on and doesn’t allow you to catch up – “oh well”, you say, “I wasn’t really interested anyway – I’ll read a book!”

Also imagine the passion some people have for music – a favourite composer, a lovely piece of opera or a piece of music which may bring back fond memories from your past.

All this can now be achieved with this wonderful invention. However, please note that the effectiveness is very much dependent on the size of the induction aerial inside the hearing aid, i.e. behind the ear types are more effective with this type of system.

Do make sure you really understand these benefits and talk them through with your hearing aid audiologist. It really does make a difference.

My mother’s story

I’ll always remember my mother being fitted with her Phonaks for the first time. The church has always been important to her and, for a number of years, she felt the lessons and sermon were becoming more and more distant. She had to concentrate harder ending up leaving the service quite tired and dispirited. This obviously led to her thinking about withdrawing from further services, even though they had given her so much comfort and pleasure in the past.

She felt that she was not participating in the service at all. However, when we finally fitted her hearing aids I gave her specific instructions not to attend church just yet. Nevertheless, she ignored this and went to church the following Sunday.

When she rang me on Monday morning, I just couldn't get a word in edgeways. She simply couldn't believe the difference. She now actively looks forward to attending church services just like she used to.

If your place of worship doesn't have a loop system it is definitely an idea to have a word with your vicar or priest... it can make a world of difference to you. And, if you haven't heard sound through a loop system before you are in for quite a pleasant surprise.


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