Congrats on your recent hearing loop purchase and taking the first step toward a more enjoyable hearing and sound experiencefor your household. Deciding on which model to buy may not have been simple, but setting up your hearing loop shouldn’t be difficult. Luckily, a specialist isn’t required to install a residential hearing loop, because the steps are quite simple.

Getting organized. There are four key parts to most hearing loop systems: a sound source (a phone or TV set), an amplifier, a wire loop and a sound receiver (probably your hearing aids). Prior to you dive in to your project, be sure to have all the equipment you will require to put in your hearing loop. Depending on the specifics of the system you’re installing, a few extra tools, such as a screwdriver and staple gun, might make your setup much easier.

Installing the loop. The first step is to find a spot for your amplifier close to your TV –either sitting on a shelf or attaching it beside or underneath a cabinet with the tape or screws provided in your kit. Second, plug the loop amplifier into a power outlet and then into your TV’s audio output jack. Finally, string the amplifier’s wire around the perimeter of the room either by tucking it under the edges of the carpet or around the ceiling edges, stapling it over doorways to keep it out of the way. Easy as that. The last thing left to do is modify the volume settings using the hearing loop manufacturer’s instructions. The volume controls might be located on the amplifier itself or on a separate device or remote depending on the home hearing loop system’s design.

Safety alert. Keep your device far away from water sources (aquariums, vases or sinks) or damp areas. Always keep the components of your loop system dry, even when cleaning. Finally, avoid installing the hearing loop system near a heat source such as a fireplace, stove or space heater or other heat-generating appliance. To prevent overheating your device, place it in a location that allows sufficient air flow not inside a closed cabinet.