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Congratulations! In order to hear your favorite TV shows without annoying family members, you went out and acquired a hearing loop. Although it may have seemed like a challenge to decide on the right system from all the fantastic options out there, it should be much simpler for you to install your hearing loop once you get it home and out of the box. You won’t need to hire an expert to install your system if you adhere to these straightforward, general steps.

Preparation. There are four major components to most hearing loop systems: a sound source (a phone or TV set, for example), an amplifier, a wire loop and a sound receiver (which is commonly your hearing aid). Just like any home improvement project, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the correct tools and equipment on hand before you start setting up your new system. It can be very helpful to have an industrial staple gun and a screwdriver handy.

Getting down to work. First, choose a location for your amplifier in close proximity to your television –either sitting on a shelf or attaching it underneath or beside a cabinet with the screws or tape provided in your kit. The next 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 TV. Step number three is to position 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.And, your done! Now all you need to do is configure the volume controls as explained by the hearing loop system manufacturer. Depending on your hearing loop, the volume is governed via either the amplifier itself or a separate control panel.

Precautions. Don’t put your hearing loop system or any electronic equipment near water, such as around an aquarium, a sink or a flower vase that could be knocked over. Always use a dry, clean cloth to clean the components of your new hearing loop. Finally, keep the device away from heat sources, such as a heater, fireplace or stove. To prevent overheating your hearing loop, place it in a location that allows sufficient air flow not inside a closed cabinet.