Hearing augmentation systems
- Printacall Communications Technology
The vast majority of users with hearing loss require Hearing Augmentation to reduce not just the background noise, but the reverberation, while providing independent volume control via the Hearing Augmentation receiver and/or the user’s hearing aid/cochlear implant processor.
Definition: Hearing Augmentation can be any one of the following:
- Hearing Loop System
- FM system
- Infrared System
These systems typically connect to the output of an existing PA/Sound system/sound source. Alternatively, wireless microphones, TVs or music sources can be connected directly to the Hearing Augmentation System.
Purpose: Hearing Augmentation is installed to allow the hearing impaired user to hear as if they were less than one metre from the sound source. This is achieved by removing both background noise and reverberation. This results in the user receiving the clearest possible sound to their ears, or via hearing aid(s) or cochlear implant processor(s).
- Hearing Loop System. These are known by many names, including audio induction loop system, audio frequency induction loop system and hearing aid loop system among others. Abbreviations include PAILS, AFILS, HAL, and HIIL. The majority of hearing aids and cochlear implants receive this signal directly, picked up by the internal telecoil.
- FM System. An FM System comprises of a base station transmitter and multiple receivers (one per user) with an attachment to suit the user.
- Infrared System (IR). An IR System comprises of line of sight emitters mounted around the area, and multiple receivers (one per user) with an attachment to suit the user.
Receivers: For both FM and IR systems, every receiver must be provided with attachments to suit both types of user, eg. headset and neckloop. The attachments differ for those with and without hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.
Which one do I use?
Hearing Loop System – preferred by hearing impaired users.
FM System – where Hearing Loop System cabling cannot be installed due to building construction issues.
Infrared System – where confidentiality is required for security reasons.
What does the BCA require?
The Deemed to satisfy provision is found in D3.7 of the BCA, and in part is as follows: One of the three systems - Hearing Loop System, FM System or Infrared System, or a combination in Class 9B buildings - e.g. School Assembly Halls, Courts, Counters, Cinemas, Live Theatres.
Why choose Printacall Communications Technology?
- Specialising in Hearing Augmentation Systems for over 30 years.
- Innovative technical team who conduct research and development of our Hearing Augmentation systems for improved outcomes.
- Over 30 years of design, installation and commissioning of Hearing Augmentation systems (loop systems, FM systems, sound field systems and public address systems) for a range of public access buildings, for small halls to significant buildings and venues.
- Refer to our “past work” link for a sample of completed jobs.
- Hearing Augmentation seminars for building professionals.
- Provide training in Hearing Augmentation for Access Consultants, Building certifiers and surveyors, and architects.
- Check our Hearing Augmentation Articles for professionals
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