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hearing loop systems installationHearing Loop Systems

Amik Technology is a distributor and installer of Auris Hearing loop systems. We have systems for kiosks up to auditoriums. For a demo you can also go to one of 2 expert hearing facilities in Thunder Bay.

 

 

 

What are Hearing Loops

Auris Hearing Loops maximize the benefit of hearing aids fitted with “TeleCoils”. The T-Coil receives the wirelessly transmitted signal from the hearing loop: most hearing aids ( 70% +) are already fitted with T-Coils.

According to Lee Ramsdell of the Canadian Hard Of Hearing Association (CHHA), use of the microphone alone in a hearing aid has an optimal distance of only 1 – 2 metres. Beyond this distance from the sound source, users often experience unwanted background noise or echo which makes it difficult to stay engaged. An Auris hearing loop transmits sound directly to a t-coil equipped hearing aid, eliminating these problems.

The sound source (mic, TV, soundtrack, mp3 etc) is wirelessly transmitted directly to the recipient's hearing aid, thus eliminating the problems of:

  1. Background noise
  2. Less than ideal building acoustics
  3. Being too far from the sound source
  4. Too much or too little volume.

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Popular Questions

Q: How much do induction loop systems cost? How does the cost compare to other assistive technologies?

Auris Loops Systems need to be correctly specified and installed according to the unique requirements of your environment. Considerations include the size of the room, the length of loop cable required and the cost of installing and optimizing the system.
The prices below include the cost of the loop amplifier and loop cable, but do not include installation labour. Most loop systems can be installed in a single day. Qualified installation engineers usually charge in the region of $65 – $90 per hour. These prices are strictly ‘ballpark figures', but these may vary according to the considerations above.

PDA1000: Up to 900m sq – $3000.00 (Theatres, Conference Centres etc)
PDA500: Up to 500m sq – $2200.00 (Medium sized Churches, Meeting Rooms etc)
PDA200: Up to 200m sq – $1500.00 (Smaller Churches, Residential Homes etc)
DL50: Up to 50m sq – $400.00 (Home, Domestic Lounge)

CL1: Counter Loop – $500.00 (Airports, Libraries, Banks, Retail etc)
PL1: Portable Loop – $500.00 (Restaurants, Family Gatherings etc)
VL1: Vehicle Loop – $400.00 (Cars,Vans,Tour Buses etc.)

Loop systems can be very cost effective when compared with other assistive listening technologies such as FM, Infrared and Bluetooth.

Loop v. FM Cost Comparison A Real World Example
Let's take the real world example of The United Church in Winfield, BC. The sanctuary measures 50' x 40' and has at least 10 x people that would benefit from hearing assist technology, (probably more in the future as hearing loss predicted to increase).

FM system (1 x transmitter and 10 x receivers) $2349.00
20 x AA Batteries @ $0.79c each changed monthly $200.00 per year
Additional receivers $94.00 ea

Loop System
PDA 200 loop amp, cable & Installation $1970.00 (no additional costs)
Zero additional cost of batteries or additional receivers.

Additional Loop Benefits Above & Beyond The Cost Advantage

More Discreet – Users use their own hearing aids not headphone.
More Hygienic – Users use their own hearing aids
More Convenient – Nothing to collect / return.
Zero Maintenance – No batteries to change, headsets to clean or service.
Superior Sound – hearing loss adjusted aids sound better than generic ‘one-size-fits-all' headphones
Unlimited users for no extra cost. No embarrassing situations when extra receivers are required but not available. No one is excluded.
Control. Hearing aid users can adjust their volume for comfort