http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/how-hearing-loops-can-help.html (posted on an article by The Washington Post)
If you’ve read the article you know it’s about hearing loops. If you haven’t, please read it even if you don’t live in the States. Hearing loops in buildings seem to be put there by people who ask for them. You’re best placed to ask. In 2004 the UK Disability Discrimination Act made local Councils put hearing loops in some public buildings, but not in hospital Audiology Departments! Politicians are not known for asking advice from those who know so they missed the obvious places. You could think about the best place in your town where a hearing loop should be. If it suits you, it may suit other people. Talk about it, start a community initiative. Who will be grateful? You and the old who can’t be bothered but want it. This blog is about getting the best service for hearing everywhere.
1) The idea of having static hearing loops is state of the ark (not a typo). See the blog about ‘bobbers and swayers’. Besides a portable hearing loop with extra receivers may be the cheaper option. In the picture, the receiver is at the top. The transmitter can be placed either at one end of the room or you can hold it and point it at people. Have the advantage in a conversation for once.
2) The best position for the wire of a fixed hearing loop is at your ear level when you’re sitting down. Why do electricians still persist in putting them tidily under carpets?! Walking on them won’t do them any good either.
Nobody will fix a hearing loop unless you ask. In 2009 at an Audiology Conference no less, in the UK there was guess what, a cheap wire stuck to the floor with masking tape. I had brought with me a state of the art hearing loop. It meant I could sit at the back and hear every word :faints gracefully: Take your own radio hearing loop and be independent of any public building. This is what to do if you can’t persuade TPTB. You can use it discreetly with hearing-aids or with headphones for a mild hearing issue. Radio hearing loops are designed for hearing aid wearers. You can also use it with headphones.
Putting loops tidily? – you just have to watch the installers 100% of the time!
- Bobbers & Swayers – Hearing Loops (hearingwellbeing.com)
- How hearing loops can help (psychologicalscience.org) – Comments are closed; that’s why there’s a comment here.
- Can you just switch the hearing loop on? (hearingwellbeing.com)