Congratulations! In order to hear your favorite television programs without annoying the family, you went out and purchased a hearing loop. While it may have seemed like a challenge to choose the best system from all the fantastic options available, it should be much simpler for you to set up your hearing loop once you get it home and unpack it. You will NOT need to hire an expert to install your residential hearing loop if you follow these straightforward, basic steps.

Project preparation. Nearly all hearing loop systems have 4 main parts — an amplifier box, the loop cables, the apparatus you want to hear better (for example the television) and your sound receiver (hearing aid or the device that came with your system). Just like any home project, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the proper equipment and tools on hand before you start setting up your new loop. Depending on the specifics of the system you’re setting up, a few extra tools, such as a screwdriver and stapler, might make your setup faster and easier.

The work involved. Begin by attaching your amplifier in close proximity to your television set with the screws that were included with your loop or just position it next to your television on a shelf.Second, plug in the adapter’s power cable into an outlet and the free cable into the audio output jack your television. Step three–the last step–is to string the wire loop along the room’s perimeter, securing it with staples either under the carpet, along the baseboard or flush against the top of the wall.

See, there wasn’t much to it! Finally, follow the manufacturer’s directions to adjust the volume and any other settings your system may have. These controls might be located on the amplifier itself or on a separate remote depending on the hearing loop system’s design.

Precautions. Never place any electronic equipment in or around water, or in places where moisture may accumulate. Always keep the components of your device dry, even when cleaning. Also make sure the loop is far away from heat sources, such as space heaters, fireplaces or even other electronics. To avoid overheating your hearing loop, position it in a location that allows sufficient air flow instead of inside a closed cabinet.

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