Well done! In an effort to hear your favorite TV programs without aggravating the household, you went out and got a hearing loop. While it may have been a challenge to decide on the ideal system from among all the great options out there, it should be easier for you to install your hearing loop once you get it home and out of the box. You won’t need to hire a specialist to install your residential hearing loop if you follow these easy, general steps.

Getting started. Most loop systems have four main parts — an amplifier box, the loop cables, the apparatus you want to hear more clearly (for example the television) and the sound receiver (typically your hearing aid or a separate device packaged with your system). Prior to jumping into your project, make sure you have all the tools you will require to put in your home hearing loop. Depending on your particular hearing loop, some extra equipment would be good to keep close by, such as a stapler or a screwdriver.

Steps to follow. The first thing to do is to position the amplifier in a suitable location in close proximity to your sound source (normally a television set), being sure to follow any directions the vendor provides for using special tape or screws to attach the amplifier to a furniture item or a wall. The subsequent step is to plug your amplifier into a power outlet and to connect your amplifier’s input jack to the audio output jack of your sound source. The last is to position the wire loop along either the edge of the ceiling or floor and secure with tacks or staples.Easy as that.

Now all you need to do is configure the volume controls as described by the manufacturer. The volume controls vary by system and can be located on the amplifier or a standalone control pad.

Precautions. Keep your loop system far away from water sources (vases, sinks or aquariums) or moist areas. Always use a clean, dry cloth to clean the components of your new loop system. Also make sure the hearing loop is far away from heat sources, such as a space heater or even other electronics. Be sure your home hearing loop system is set up in an area with ample ventilation to avoid overheating it.

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