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Reliable hearing assistance via high-quality induction loops

induction n. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current.

A glance at the above definition makes the principle behind induction loops sound fairly complex, when in fact this internationally acclaimed system of hearing assistance is essentially quite simple.

Many manufacturers’ hearing aids have a “T” position that allows them to pick up the electromagnetic field generated by a telephone’s earpiece and convert it into a sound suited to an individual’s specific hearing requirements.

With an induction loop, a far larger electromagnetic field is created than by a telephone earpiece and this is then radiated around the room with the help of the eponymous “loop” (generally a single turn of wire). This enables anyone in the room wearing a hearing aid with the “T” position to share more easily in music, public announcements and instructions.

In most situations it is impractical to issue any form of separate receiver, so the use of individual hearing aids in conjunction with induction loops has marked a huge step forward in the process of bringing people with a hearing impairment back into full contact with their environment.

Legislation regarding compulsory fitting of hearing assistance systems

According to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), all organisations offering goods, facilities and services to the general public must make all reasonable adjustments to provide deaf or hard of hearing people with full access to their goods or services.

From October 2004 it became a legal requirement to install permanent induction loops and infra-red systems, in the workplace, where it is impossible or difficult for a deaf or hard of hearing person to make use of a service.  Employers are also obliged to take steps to ensure that existing and potential employees are not disadvantaged in the workplace, especially when participating in meetings, etc.

Recent building regulations demand that newly erected or substantially reconstructed non-domestic buildings must provide aids for the hearing impaired. Linking to building regulations is the new code of practice (BS8300: 2002) for the design of new buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people.  This standard stipulates places where hearing enhancement should be installed.

Some examples of service providers covered under the Act

Hutchison Technologies will provide professional advice regarding the best and most competitively priced induction loop systems available today, helping you to ensure that anyone with hearing difficulties derives maximum benefit and enjoyment from their time in your facilities.

Ring us now to arrange an initial consultation on 01382 835007 or email our sales team at sales@hutchison-t.com.