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Congrats. In an effort to hear your favorite television shows without annoying family members, you went out and purchased a hearing loop. Although it may have been a challenge to find the best system from all the fantastic options out there, it should be much easier for you to install your hearing loop after you get it home and out of the box. Fortunately, a professional is not needed to install a home hearing loop, because the steps are quite straightforward.

Before you begin. Nearly all home hearing loop systems have four major pieces — an amplifier box, the loop cables, the product you want to hear more clearly (for example the TV) and the sound receiver (typically your hearing aid or a separate device packaged with your system). Just like any home project, it is a good idea to ensure you have all the correct tools and equipment on hand before you begin configuring your new system. Dependant upon the particulars of the system you’re installing, a few additional tools, such as an industrial stapler and a screwdriver, will make your installation much easier.

The steps involved. The first thing to do is to position the amplifier in a suitable location close to your sound source (normally a TV set or telephone), being certain to follow any directions the manufacturer provides for using special tape or screws to attach the amplifier to a piece of furniture or a wall. The subsequent step is to plug your amplifier into a power outlet and to connect your amplifier’s input jack to the audio output jack of your sound source. The last is to place the wire loop along either the edge of the ceiling or floor and secure with staples or tacks.And, your done!

Just follow the hearing loop manufacturer’s directions to modify the volume and any additional settings your system might have. The volume controls can be located on the amplifier itself or on a standalone remote depending on the hearing loop’s design.

Caution. Never position any electronic equipment in or around water, or in areas where moisture may accumulate. Never spray cleaning solution on the amplifier; instead, wipe it with a dry cloth. Moreover, keep the system away from sources of heat, such as a heater, fireplace or stove. Be sure your home hearing loop is placed in an area with plenty of ventilation to avoid overheating it.

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