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Using your hearing aid on the loop programme (also known as 'T')

One very useful feature which has been included in hearing aids for many years,
is a “telecoil”. Traditionally this has been known as a “T” Setting; nowadays it is more commonly called a Loop Programme.

Most hearing aids (except for particularly small ones) have a Loop Programme, but sometimes it hasn’t been activated – your audiologist will be able to tell you if a Loop Programme is available on your aids.

When you switch your hearing aid/s to the Loop Programme, a receiver is turned on in the hearing aid which will pick up the sound signal from an induction loop. Loops come in different sizes but they all work in the same way – you switch your hearing aid/s to the Loop Programme to hear the sound.

What is an inductive loop system?
Most people are familiar with hi-fi music systems. The sound source from radio, CD or iPod goes into an amplifier and is then fed out through the speakers. With a loop system, the sound source is usually TV, video, DVD or microphone which goes through the loop amplifier and then, instead of loudspeakers, the sound is fed into an induction loop. This loop is usually placed round the edge of a room – alternatively it could be a smaller loop around an area, such as a chair, or worn around the user’s neck.

What does the loop do?
The induction loop allows a hearing aid user to listen to the TV etc., directly into their hearing aid via the telecoil ‘T’ setting.

What is the advantage?
A hearing aid microphone amplifies all the sound sources around the user which makes it very difficult for a hearing aid wearer to concentrate on one particular sound. Sometimes the only answer is to increase the volume on, say, the TV to such a point that it becomes very uncomfortable for anyone else.

The induction loop allows a hearing aid user to listen to a single sound source with all background noise eliminated. The hearing aid user can also adjust their hearing aid volume without affecting anyone else.

As the loop system uses the hearing aid prescribed for the individual, any specific corrections that match the user’s hearing loss are still effective.

How do I hear the sound from the loop?
When the individual’s hearing aid is set to the telecoil ‘T’ setting it will pick up the signal from the loop and the sound is fed directly into the hearing aid.

Just as with a hi-fi system, as long as you have the correct connecting lead you can have several different sound sources. Although sound can be received from TV’s etc., via a microphone placed in front of the TV speaker, a much better result is obtained when a direct connection is made using the correct lead or SCART connector.

Do I need to modify my TV?
No.?All our domestic loop systems can use either the microphone supplied or can be plugged into the TV’s existing sockets.

How do I know which loop amplifier to choose?
The size of loop amplifier varies depending on the size of loop it is feeding. For most domestic living rooms, up to approximately 6 x 6m (19 x 19 ft), the amplifiers can be viewed here. Anyone within the room loop can listen on their hearing aid via the ‘T’ setting.

For larger areas to be covered, such as residential homes or lecture halls please follow this link or contact Customer Services.

We also offer some personal inductive listening devices which may be plugged directly into a headphone socket.

Does this work like the systems I see in public places with the ‘T’ symbol?
Yes, the  symbol that appears in public places indicates that there is an inductive loop system fitted and that sound can be heard by switching to the ‘T’ setting on the hearing aid.

A hearing aid user who is comfortable switching to the ‘T’ setting in those situations would be very likely to benefit from having their own loop fitted at home.

How do I check if my house is suitable for having a loop system fitted?
Very occasionally loop systems can suffer from interference. This can be easily checked by carrying out a ‘T’ listening test. Any hearing aid user can do this by standing in the room where the loop is to be fitted and listening initially using the ‘M’ position and then changing to ‘T’ (without changing volume). If any interference or buzzing noise is heard then the room is probably unsuitable for having a loop fitted.

If I am listening directly to the TV how will I hear the doorbell?
It is possible to use a second microphone with some systems which can be used for doorbell or telephone, or an additional microphone can be used to speak to the hearing aid user without them having to turn back to the ‘M’ position on their hearing aid.
You might also consider a vibrating pager system which can alert you to various different sounds such as doorbell, telephone and even fire alarm.

Connevans Limited
Bridge House
1 Nutfield Road
Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3EB
United Kingdom
Customer Service
01737 247571
01737 644016
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