Smaller halls such as the one shown can also be wired for the hard of hearing. This one allows the hard of hearing to listen to not only platform items but comments from the audience too and also any music that might be on the program. Speakers who present items from the platform can (if wearing a suitable loop hearing aid) hear audience comments clearly. It must be stressed though that getting such systems to work well is entirely a function of good design. Just throwing a few wires around the perimeter is not going to get the job done adequately. Suitable equipment can be found here.
Museum or Art Gallery....Back to examples
Induction Loops are an ideal medium for delivering feature rich content and maintaining the interest of your visitors. Consider a typical scenario: You have an exhibit that looks very boring and sits in a glass case. Suppose it was a broken piece of metal with some inscription on it. Underneath the exhibit is a small card with a written explanation of why this item is so important but unfortunately, most visitors but especially the younger ones only glance at the text - boring. Now consider if you had a listening post adjacent the exhibit that allowed anyone standing within say a 12' radius to hear a vibrant, exciting commentary painting a picture of how this very item was used to extract "confessions" from unwilling captives and what happened next!! MUCH more exciting and educational too. Consider also how you could easily change the audio for different target audiences ie a group of visiting students from the history department of a local university would want a much different commentary to the general public. Of course, changing the exhibit presents no problem - just change the audio as well. Suitable equipment could be an ILD20.
Another positive advantage of this type of system in a museum or art gallery is that it is totally silent - only the recipient can hear anything. Others can contemplate in silence if they wish. Spacing between sound points is governed by the strength of magnetic field produced (adjustable) so you could have quite closely spaced points in an art gallery for example.
Zoo....Back to examples
Much the same as Museums or Galleries as described above except that larger loops would probably be needed as the exhibits are larger. Of course more people could then listen at the same time. Spoken commentary could be used as a very effective educational tool, perhaps explaining the life cycle of the animal and how rare it is etc.. For creatures that are nocturnal or very sedentary, a spoken description would generate more interest especially among children.
Secure Interviews....Back to examples
Suppose you needed to conduct an interview in a secure location and be confident that no-one could overhear anything. Part of the solution could involve an Induction Loop system to give prompts to the interviewer over a secure link. Since the magnetic field produced by the loop system is largely confined within the loop itself, little energy travels outside the loop and any that does, quickly diminishes. Confidentiality is assured as the signal is not at any radio frequency and cannot be picked up by any radio scanner or other remote listening device. Suitable equipment could be an ILD20. Note that if you want to confine the magnetic field strictly within the interview area then you need additional design to achieve a "low spill" installation.
At Home - Hear the TV properly...Back to examples
Some of the most useful applications for Inductive Loop systems can be found in the home environment. You may have trouble hearing the TV yourself, or if you have an elderly relative or anyone with a hearing disability living with you, then something as simple as watching TV can become a problem as they cannot hear properly without turning the volume right up. This can present problems with neigbours who complain about the excessive noise not to mention the rest of the family who have to shout above the TV to be heard.
An Induction Loop system can solve this problem elegantly and permanently. The room is fitted with a simple wire loop around the perimeter (tacked to the skirting or tucked under carpet edge) which is connected via a special amplifier to the TV set. The hard of hearing person now listens via their hearing aid (switched to "T") or through a loop receiver and adjusts the volume as loud as they wish. Everyone else in the room can now listen to the TV at normal volume - problem solved!
An ILD60 Induction Loop amplifier will do this easily and cover an area up to 60m². It comes complete with a Scart lead to plug straight into your TV or video and has provision for two microphone inputs which can be used to mix "room" sound with TV sound allowing your normal conversations (or the doorbell) to be heard by the loop user.
Lay a thin wire around the edge of the room, connect the two ends to your ILD60, plug the Scart lead into the TV and that's it! Anyone with a hearing aid switched to the "T" position can now hear the TV sound directly wherever they are in the room. Note that this is a "real" Induction Loop amplifier, made by the worlds leading manufacturer to an exacting specification, not some cheap "rip off" imitation. It has been designed to meet or exceed all the latest standards in terms of power output and clarity whilst being solidly built and is a fully professional product.
Nursing or Care Homes....Back to examples
Watching TV in a communal room can be bedlum as the TV is turned up almost to maximum to cater for the resident with the poorest hearing. Not any more! Installing an Inductive Loop system can overcome this problem and give additional benefits as well. If the TV sound is channeled through the loop system, you need not even have the TV sound on at all! Each resident can listen via their own hearing aid at exactly the right volume for them individually. As a bonus, the mic input on the amplifier can be wired to say a radio microphone worn by the person in charge. He / She then only has to enable the microphone and talk and all the residents can hear - no more shouting at them! This is excellent for group activities such as bingo or cards etc. and has real safety benefits too as important or emergency announcements can be channeled through the system.
Schools and places of learning....Back to examples
Any pupil with a hearing disability becomes a natural target at school for being "different". If however the classroom has an Induction Loop system fitted and the teacher was to wear a simple radio microphone, then any student switching to the "T" position on a hearing aid could hear the teacher directly and be able to interface again with the class. Other audio sources ie video recorder or audio cassette would also need to be channeled through the system.
Public buildings and spaces....Back to examples
From the examples above it should be obvious that virtually ANY location where the hard of hearing need to hear clearly, should have a loop system fitted. This is also true of large public venues such as arenas, sports stadium, train stations and airports to name just a few. Indeed, the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) which came into full force in the UK (2004) now makes it mandatory to make provisions for the disabled and this includes the hard of hearing.
The above list is a tiny fraction of the possible applications for this well established technology. Unfortunately, many loop systems already installed fail to meet the latest standards because technology has improved in this field rapidly over the past few years. It cannot be over stated how important it is to get the design phase of any project, large or small, done properly. You cannot cut corners on design or specification and expect to install good quality systems. If you have a system already installed, it may be possible to upgrade it - get in touch with the technical team....Contact the experts.