Which Hearing Loop Do I Need?
21 July 2023 | Rosie
Hearing loops are an essential tool for the deaf and hard of hearing, particularly when navigating the world around them. It's therefore key for businesses to create spaces that are as inclusive as possible, which is why today we're breaking down the best hearing loops for your workplace. From taxis to supermarkets, we'll give you the best products to amplify sound for those who need it most.
What's Covered In this Guide?
In today's blog we'll break down the best hearing loops for businesses, including:
Best Hearing Loop for Banks
Why We Love It: The Geemarc LoopHear 102 Induction Loop offers effective amplification of sounds but with discretion. Working by providing a magnetic induction loop for hearing aid users in small areas within a one-metre square, this is your best option for spaces requiring the utmost privacy. Using the external HAC receiver, this induction loop is ideal for courtrooms, medical consultations, and banks.
Not the Best For: Being designed for businesses handling sensitive information, this product is not the best for amplifying sounds in large rooms. Keep reading or click here for the loudest hearing loops for meeting rooms and other big spaces.
Best Hearing Loops for Taxis
Why We Love It: Hearing in the car can be difficult for all of us and if you suffer from hearing loss, it's important to use an amplifier for safety on the roads. Using the power input from the car battery via the car's cigarette lighter, or a power adaptor, the Geemarc LoopHear 160 Amplifier Car Pack allows drivers to communicate clearly with all their passengers for safety throughout your journey. For best use, we'd recommend this product for coach drivers, cabbies, and just about anyone who needs the ability to communicate with those they are driving.
Not the Best For: This design has a 'broadcasting' function within a confined, small space, meaning it offers no discretion for sensitive information. For hearing assistance requiring information sensitivity, check out our best hearing loops for privacy here.
Best Hearing Loops for Meeting Rooms
Why We Love It: The Geemarc LoopHear 160 Amplifier Room Pack offers the loudest form of room amplification. Ideal for bigger rooms such as conference rooms, classrooms, small theatres and places of worship, this handy amplifier produces the maximum sound to the largest amount of people. Coming with a 40m long cable reel for distribution throughout a room (with a tiny 1mm size for complete discretion), this pack increases accessibility in the most subtle way possible.
Not the Best For: Supplied with such a long cable reel, this pack is not ideal for businesses needing induction loops for small areas. Click here for the best hearing loop for confined spaces.
Best Hearing Loops for Reception Desks
Why We Love It: Conversations with others can be difficult for the hard of hearing - making them feel uncomfortable and isolated, particularly outside their own homes. However, the Geemarc LoopHear Amplifier Walloop Pack ensures your clients feel heard without sharing the entire conversation or being overly-secretive. A great half way house between the Room Pack and Car Pack, this set is your best bet for inclusive one on one conversations in spaces like drive-throughs, reception areas, and cash registers.
Not the Best For: This pack ensures employees and customers can communicate properly in a one-on-one conversation. However, should you need a brilliant amplifier for larger spaces, or while on the go in a moving vehicle, then this product is not your best option. For amplifiers for meeting rooms or hearing assistance for cars, check out some of the options above.
What Is a Hearing Loop?
A hearing loop, also known as an induction loop or audio induction loop, is an assistive listening system that improves sound transmission for people with hearing loss, specifically for people with hearing aids or cochlear implants with a T-coil (also known as a telecoil). Hearing loops minimise external sounds that are found in public spaces, and clarify direct sound – making them extremely helpful for individuals with hearing impairments when out and about in public areas.
How Do Induction Loops Work?
It should be noted that areas must be 'looped' in order for induction loops to work. When the hearing aid, cochlea implant or T-coil user switches their device to the T-coil mode, they can hear the audio directly in their hearing device. This eradicates the need for often awkward or indiscreet receivers or headphones, making their lives a lot easier, more convenient and inclusive.
Where Are Hearing Loops Used?
Hearing loops are used in most public spaces, such as theatres, shopping centres, public transport, conference rooms and many other areas to provide better accessibility and inclusivity for individuals with hearing impairments. They are designed to be user friendly so that anyone can operate them (especially older individuals who might struggle with technology), for the most intuitive hearing amplification.
Want More Options?
We have a huge range of accessories for hearing aid users, designed to make the world an easier place to navigate. For even more hearing loop options, why not check out our range of other induction loops?
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