Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
An induction loop is a cable placed around the area in which you will be when listening to the transmitted sound. The loop transmits the sound to you as a magnetic field which is received by hearing aids with a loop (T) setting. If you wear a hearing aid an induction loop may help you to hear sounds with more clarity and reduce the effect of background noise. You could use an induction loop to hear conversations, sound from your television or music players. Some public buildings have loop systems installed. As you are not wired to any device you can walk around and listen from anywhere within the loop.
Induction loops require fitting, even if just running the cable around skirting boards and over door frames. For help finding local competent traders, who could help you fit a system and whom meet relevant standards you could visit trustatrader.com. Alternatively in many areas Age UK run a handyman scheme. For a small charge, and if you are over 60, this scheme may be able to assist with small jobs such as fitting hand rails, replacing tap washers, and fitting induction loops or telephone extensions. To find your local age UK service click here.
Living made easy includes a list of induction loops for public buildings including:
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