Hearing Loop Installation
Work is installed by experienced and trained personnel and completed in accordance with IEC 60118.4, and local code requirements. Hearing Loops Canada includes staff training and a follow up site visit to confirm that the hearing loop system is working properly. Hearing Loops Canada provides staff training.
Education & Consulting
Awareness is a primary issue, Once people with hearing loss experience a hearing loop system, word quickly spreads on its benefit. Our mission is to educate the people that would benefit most from the systems, then to install in these types of facilities: Auditoriums and theaters; schools, colleges and universities; medical and research facilities; houses of worship; senior and assistive living facilities; conference rooms, confidential meeting rooms, multi-use rooms, transit stations and airports, pharmacy counters and medical offices, and point of service locations.
Room Assessments and Scoping
All projects are initiated with a complimentary on site analysis to photograph, measure and understand field conditions; test for electrical background interference, room reverberation and to set up a test hearing loop.
Loop Field and System Design
Computer aided software is utilized to determine loop field design, cable gauge and corresponding loop driver size. Factory representatives confirm design and equipment selections prior to providing a proposal for client review. All loop and testing equipment is 2016 IEC-certified.
System Design & Installation
Audio frequency induction loop system design involves a number of considerations to ensure that the installation provides maximum benefit to its users. Proper design requires training, knowledge and some pre-design testing.
So what’s involved in design?
The following design factors determine the type and size of the amplifier and the layout of the loop antenna.
1. Fixed loop or portable loop?
2. Room size – length and width
3. Room usage – standing area or seating area; fixed seating or moveable seating
4. Room coverage – the whole room or just a part of it
5. Location of existing sound system, if any
6. Adjacent rooms – does loop spillover need to be controlled for privacy reasons
7. Floor construction – wood, concrete, on grade or suspended, how much reinforcement metal is used in the floor, carpet, tile, ceramic
8. Wall construction – wood or steel studding, baseboard type
9. New construction or retrofit
10. Loop antenna installation options
11. Ambient electrical system noise and mitigation
And what’s involved in the installation?
1. Placement of the loop antenna to achieve minimum visibility and uniform sound field coverage
2. Placement of the audio loop amplifier
3. Connecting to the existing sound system or to an independent source
4. Testing and adjusting loop signal strength for sound volume
5. Testing and adjusting loop frequency response for sound clarity
6. end user training
Except for very rare situations, the gathering of the data above requires that a site visit and evaluation be made by Certified Hearing Loops Canada personnel.
What is a Hearing Loop– Getting started with the basics
How Loops Work– A primer on the science behind the system
Where Loops Work– Long list of assembly areas and buildings which benefit from hearing loops
Proper installation requires test equipment to ensure that the installation meets the requirements of the IEC60118-4 standard for audio loops to ensure sound clarity, sound volume and uniformity from one venue to the next.
NOTE: Please visit your audiologist for hearing tests and hearing aids.
Hearing Loops Canada and X-cel Communications. does not prescribe, dispense or sell hearing aids.