Induction Loop Systems
Induction Loop systems - What are they?An induction loop system is designed to work with the T (telecoil) setting on many hearing aids to provide a clearer hearing option for the HOH or deaf person to switch to T input only - cutting out background noise and having. A Induction Loop System consists of:
Where can I get Induction Loop System equipment?
A good place to get both personal and professional Induction Loop System parts is from Connevans which is a very reliable deaf led company which listens to its customers and has fantastic service. There are also several pages on their website which explain Induction Loop Systems in more detail such as this page
The RNID has a guide to Induction Loop and Infra-Red systems for employees managing public venues which should be useful for any organisation thinking of installing such systems. This RNID resource is also useful for sending to organisations which do not have functional or well set up systems - as the DDA legislation requires that such systems where installed are well maintained and configured.
Induction Loops in public places
Many places display Induction Loop System Here signs, sadly many of those systems are not switched on/plugged in, are too quiet, have so much interference as to be useful, or are not working for some other reason. No wonder many deaf and hard of hearing people don't even attempt to use them.
The irony of reporting a non-functioning Induction loop systems is that if the system is not working a deaf person is less likely to be able to hear the responses of the employees as they make the this isn't working report. This is not helped by the way many employees in public places respond.I have experienced or heard about friends being told the following in response to a "I can't hear anything through your induction loop system" report:
[They may mean well, but I don't really want to have to try and listen to a long story which is nothing to do with what I am trying to achieve.]
[Employees who aren't wearing hearing aids have no right to make comments about what you can or cannot hear. They aren't even audiologists, and I barely tolerate this kind of presumption from them!]
[If your induction loop system works then deaf and hard of hearing people shouldn't NEED to say anything, they can just flick their hearing aids to 'T' (or plug in the Tcoil adaptor for BAHA wearers).]
With these kinds of responses being common, is it any wonder that many hard of hearing or deaf people who might get some benefits from public Induction Loop Systems don't bother reporting dysfunctional ones to employees in public places!
If you would like an induction loop system checked out then, email me and I will add it to the Requests on the LoopWatch page.
If you are feeling brave and have the time to do some of these steps then you are not just helping yourself, you are helping every other hard of hearing or deaf person who tries to use that system after you. I know I find it easier to do something or be indignant on someone else's behalf! Example Scenario: If you feel unable to start at step one, skip straight to step 3. page last modified Tuesday, 20-Jun-2006 18:41:43 BST
If you are feeling brave and have the time to do some of these steps then you are not just helping yourself, you are helping every other hard of hearing or deaf person who tries to use that system after you. I know I find it easier to do something or be indignant on someone else's behalf!
If you feel unable to start at step one, skip straight to step 3.
page last modified Tuesday, 20-Jun-2006 18:41:43 BST