Induction loops

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.

Installing 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.

Potential problems

  • Electric cables, fluorescent lights and dimmer switches can interfere with induction loops creating a buzzing sound.
  • If the wires forming the loop are left trailing on the floor this could create a trip hazard.
  • The signal from the loop may be picked up by hearing aid users in neighbouring rooms which may cause difficulties if they are also trying to use a loop system or you want a confidential converstion / discusion

Public buildings

Some public buildings have loop systems installed, look out for the ear symbol shown to the right, but check with staff that the sytem is working.

Living made easy includes a list of induction loops for public buildings including:

  • Clip board induction loops
  • Desktop induction loop systems
  • Induction loop systems requiring installation

I don't have a hearing aid

If you have some hearing loss but do not wear a hearing aid and would like to be able to use an induction loop system then you could purchase an induction loop receiver.

Advice last checked: 09 October 2014 Next check due: 09 October 2017

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