Room Loops & Looping Information
Up to now, even though loop systems give wonderful sound and are cost
effective, they seem to be one of the best-kept secrets around. Few hard of
hearing people have even heard of them. Fortunately, that is changing and
interest in loop systems is exploding. It's about time! Loop systems are used
all over in the United Kingdom and in many parts of Europe, and are now coming
into their own here in the USA.
Incidentally, loop systems are not new. They are a tried and proven
technology. I first used a loop system 40 years ago!
Following is the information you need to know about loop systems.
For a good overview of loop systems read:
Loop Systems—The Best-Kept Secret in Town!
here to hear how well room loops work. You'll hear the dramatic difference
between using "bare ears" or hearing aids, and using your hearing aids in t-coil
mode in a looped church.
More Information about
Learn about the t-coils (telecoils) in your hearing aids and how they work
together with loop systems to help you hear beautiful, clear sound:
Using T-Coils (Telecoils) to Couple Your Hearing Aids to Various Audio Devices.
Learn about t-coil orientation and the enormous difference correct
orientation makes to successfully using loop systems:
Why Correct T-Coil (Telecoil) Orientation Is
Learn about the differences between loop amplifiers (current amplifiers) and audio
(public address) system amplifiers (voltage amplifiers):
Two Basic Kinds of Loop Amplifiers and Why
the Current Amplifier is the Best for Loop Systems.
Facilities in the USA where Professional Loop Systems
Have Been Installed
This page lists numerous facilities in
the USA where professional loop systems have been installed. Since new loop
systems are being installed almost daily, this list can never be complete, but
it gives you an idea of where the nearest loop facilities are to you, and how
widespread loop systems are becoming.
Loop Systems in the News
Loop systems are currently in the news. (Most recent listed first.)
Audiology Online published an article on May 7, 2012 called, "The
Hearing Loop Movement is Rapidly Accelerating".
Here is another article from the New York Times on May 5, 2012 that talks
about assistive listening devices including the value of loop systems: "For
Hard of Hearing, Clarity Out of the Din".
NPR (National Public Radio) ran a segment on the wonders of loop systems
(November 25, 2011). You can read the article and listen to this short 3 minute,
41 second segment by clicking on this link "With
The Flick Of A Switch, It's Crystal Clear To Hear".
Dave Myers, Ph.D. wrote this article,
The Hearing Loop Movement is Accelerating. It was published in the
November/December, 2011 issue of "Advance for Hearing Practice Management".
This article appeared in the The Holland Sentinel on October 31, 2011:
Dream becomes reality for Hope psychology professor David Myers.
Here's an article about loop systems in Canada from the CBC News on October
Technology helps hearing impaired stay in 'loop'.
Here is another article on the benefits of loop systems from Hearing News
Watch on October 26, 2011:
New York Times article spreads the word on the wonders of hearing loops.
Here is an article from the New York Times on October 23, 2011
extolling the benefits of loop systems:
A Hearing Aid That Cuts Out All the Clatter.
5. Kinds of Loop Devices
Loop Systems: Professional loop systems are used in churches, auditoriums,
theatres, meeting rooms, etc. These larger loop amplifiers should be installed
installed by qualified installers so that the final result meets international
standards for looped facilities.
Loop Systems: Home loop systems are easy to set up in your home. Typically
you would hook up your TV to this loop system and hear beautiful clear sound
without blasting the ears of everyone else in the house. Univox DLS-50
and Univox AutoLoop Room Loop Systems.
Portable Loop Systems: Portable loop systems are ideal for use at
counters (banks, hotels, ticket windows, etc.). You have to be within 3 or 4
feet of the portable loop in order to hear using this device.
Neckloops: You plug passive neckloops into any audio device where you would
otherwise plug in earbuds or headphones. As its name implies you wear a neckloop
around your neck.
Neckloops: Some audio devices such as cell phones do not provide enough power to
drive a passive neckloop. For such devices, you need an amplified neckloop so
you have enough volume to easily hear the sound signal.
Neckloops: If your hearing aids do not have bluetooth built into their remote
control device, you can still couple to bluetooth audio devices by using a
bluetooth neckloop. Clear Sounds Quattro Amplified Bluetooth Neckloop
Ear Links: There are two kinds of ear links--Music Links and T-Links.
use the Music Links in any device where you would otherwise listen via earbuds
or headphones. They are an alternative for passive and amplified neckloops.
Since they are so close to your hearing aids' T-coils, they will work with cell
phones and other low powered devices.
use the T-Links for hands free use of your cell phone. The T-Links have a
microphone built into the cord. Music Links and T-Links
If you do not have hearing aids, or your hearing aids do not have t-coils, you
can still listen to loop systems via a loop receiver. You plug your earbuds or
headphones into the earphone jack on the loop receiver. Univox Listener
6. Domestic (Home) Loop Systems
Information on Installing Home Loop Systems
You can install a single wire loop, or, if you need more power, a
double-wire loop. Here are instructions how to make and install a
double-wire loop: How to Make a Double-Wire Loop.
Connecting Your DLS-50 Loop Amplifier to Your TV:
How to Hook Your Univox DLS-50 to Your TV
If you want to, you can connect your phone into a loop system:
Using the Univox DLS-50 with a Telephone
How to set the gain (power) correctly on a loop amplifier:
Adjusting the Univox DLS-50 (and 2A) Power Level to Match Your Loop
Troubleshooting tips if your Univox DLS-50 system isn't working, or
isn't working the way it should be working.
Univox DLS-50 Installation Troubleshooting Tips.
Loop system signs: Signs you
can print out (or purchase) for indicating a Loop System is installed.
7. Professional (Churches, Auditoriums, Theatres, etc.)
Information on Installing Professional Loop Systems
recommended wire sizes for the various Professional Univox loop amplifiers
Here are four helpful articles related to installing loops.
consider in connection with looping a facility
Points to consider
when installing large amplifiers
Loops for Amplifiers—Single, Double or Parallel Loops—
Installing a loop under
Loop system signs: Signs you
can print out (or purchase) for indicating a Loop System is installed.
8. Purchase Home Loop Systems (and other devices) for Yourself
If you are interested in any of the devices below, click on the links to
learn more about them/or purchase them.
Loop Amplifiers: Room loop amplifiers. Hook the Univox up to an
audio source (e. g. TV) and listen to beautiful clear sound from anywhere
inside the loop via the t-coils on your hearing aids.
To learn more about the Univox loop
systems or to purchase one for yourself, click here.
Loop Systems: Counter loop systems are ideal for use at bank
counters, pharmacy counters, checkout counters and ticket windows. Plugs
into A/C power so it is always on ready to use whenever needed. Comes
complete with amplifier, under-the-counter loop and microphone.
To learn more about this Counter Loop
System, or to purchase one, click here. Just $269.00.
Loop Systems: The Clipboard loop is such a simple idea and yet can make
life so much easier for many in their professions when dealing with hard of
hearing clients, staff or patients. All they have to do is carry around a
stylish, ergonomically designed Clipboard that incorporates a fully portable
loop system. It has an integral microphone, a transmitting loop, a tie-clip
microphone and being a Clipboard it is also fully functional, accepting
To learn more about this Clipboard Loop
System, or to purchase one, click here. Just $266.00.
InfoLoop System: Portable loop amplifier. Completely self-contained.
Works up to 4 feet from the built-in loop. Weighs only 3¼ pounds with
built-in rechargeable battery. Size 11" x 10" x 4". Has built-in omni-directional
microphone on back and jack to plug in external microphone.
The portable InfoLoop system includes the loop amplifier with built-in loop
and rechargeable battery, battery charger power adapter and lapel microphone
with 10' cord. 3-year warranty.
Get the portable InfoLoop for yourself by clicking here. Price: $292.95.
Neckloop: Plugs into any mono device's earphone jack and hear
clear sound via the t-coils on your hearing aids. If you want to use it with
a stereo device, you need Radio Shack's stereo to mono adapter #274-0374
($2.99). Neckloops let you hear in both ears if you wear two hearing aids.
To learn more about this passive neckloop or to purchase it for yourself,
Neckloop: If you need a versatile amplified neckloop, the CLA7 v2 is the
neckloop for you. It comes with a number of adapters so it will work with
both audio devices and cell phones. Only $79.95.
To order the CLA7v2 amplified neckloop, click here.
Sounds Quattro Amplified Bluetooth Neckloop: This bluetooth
neckloop connects almost any Bluetooth device (cell phone, iPod, MP3 player,
computer, PDA) with your hearing aids via their t-coils, or you can listen
to it with any stereo ear buds. Learn more about the Clear Sounds Quattro Amplified Bluetooth Neckloop—click
here. Comes complete with rechargeable battery, drop-in battery charger,
wall power adapter and padded carrying case—all for just $149.95. (Regular
price $199.95. You save
To order the Clear Sounds Quattro Amplified Bluetooth Neckloop, click here.
Music Links: Plug into any stereo audio device's earphone
jack and listen to beautiful clear sound (in true stereo) via the t-coils on
your hearing aids. (If you want to use it with a mono device such as the
PockeTalker, use Radio Shack's 3.5 mm (1/8") mono to stereo adapter #274-882
($3.99). To learn more about the
Music Links, or to purchase them, click here.
T-Links: Plugs into any cell phone that has the standard
2.5 mm hands-free jack. (Adaptors available for phones without standard 2.5
mm jack.) Works with your hearing aids in t-coil mode.
For more information or to order the
T-Links, click here.
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