Movie event at Shaw Theatres Balestier organised by The Listening Lab and in collaboration with Advanced Bionics

Saturday, 9th March 2024, marks a momentous day for The Listening Lab as it was the first collaborated event with Advanced Bionics (AB) where invitations were extended to our existing AB Cochlear Implant (CI) users to an afternoon of movie screening of Kung Fu Panda 4 at Shaw Theatres Balestier.

 

The deciding factor of the event location was due to the fact that Shaw Theatres Balestier is one of the many venues and locations where The Listening Lab’s Hearing Enhancement System team have implemented Induction Loop Systems in.

 

These systems are implemented to compliment the Telecoil feature which are built-in the Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids. These systems generate magnetic fields which induces the Telecoil component in the Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids, and will then be converted to audible signals directly from the source which the users are able to enjoy, without any compromise on the audio quality regardless of distance from the audio source. Think of it like the noise-cancelling function in wireless earbuds or headphones.

 

Hence, attendees were educated on the availability of the built-in Telecoil component and also to be on the lookout for The Blue Ear Sign which indicates that the area or venue is Telecoil-Friendly and they would be able to take advantage of the available Induction Loop Systems by switching to their Telecoil Setting.

 

Since it was free-seating, the attendees were spread out throughout the 75-seater theatre and had their Telecoil setting properly set to enjoy the movie screening without having any troubles with crosstalk from the adjacent theatre that was concurrently playing a different movie. This proves to show that with proper loop design and installation, it can be effective in controlling the overspilling effect between adjacent rooms.

 

A Cochlear Implant is a form of intervention for individuals who have severe to profound hearing loss. It requires a procedure to insert the internal implant under the skin. The Cochlear Implant works by sending electrical signals to an individual’s inner ear hair cells, in turn, sends bioelectrical signals to the brain, sending the perceptions of sound to one’s consciousness.

 

The growing number of those who require Cochlear Implants are of the young and vulnerable rather than those who are in their Silver Age. Infants born with significant levels of hearing loss require prompt decisions regarding implantation to prevent the risk of permanent impairment in their ability to listen and speak normally.

 

 

Here are a few firsthand accounts shared by the event attendees.

 

“It was clearer than in other cinemas” – Jun Rong, 10-Year-Old Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant user.

 

“Quite surprised to see the reaction of our son. Wished we turned on the Telecoil setting earlier during the happier scene (we didn’t know until Mid-movie)” – Aditya, Father of 2-Year-Old Son with Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant.

 

“This (Telecoil) is something that I’ve been curious about and got answered during this event. It would be great that we could do a map immediate to use and experience firsthand it’s benefits” – Leanne, Mother to 10-year-old son with Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant.

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Looking for Government Aid for Accessibility?

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Accessibility Fund supports building owners in upgrading existing structures with essential accessibility and Universal Design features. Eligible applicants include building owners, lessors, and lessees with the owner's endorsement.

 

 

The fund covers up to 80% of construction costs for basic accessibility features in pre-1990 buildings lacking such amenities, and up to 60% for Universal Design features in pre-2013 buildings already equipped with accessibility features.

 

Basic features include ramps, accessible entrances, and toilets, while Universal Design features encompass amenities like grab bars, lactation rooms, and hearing enhancement systems.

 

 

Interested parties may reach out to BCA via their enquiry form by scanning their QR Code or visit https://go.gov.sg/bca-accessibility-fund-enquiry.

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Meningkatkan Manfaat bagi Siswa Anda dengan Alat Bantu Dengar dan Implan Koklea: Ini Caranya!

See: English translation

 

 

Mendeteksi suara dalam rentang frekuensi antara 20 Hertz (Hz) hingga 20.000Hz dan antara 0 desibel (dB) hingga 130dB adalah sesuatu yang hampir setiap manusia anggap sebagai hal yang biasa. Di sisi lain, ada sekelompok individu yang mengalami gangguan pendengaran.

 

Individu-individu ini yang mengalami gangguan pendengaran akan menghadapi tantangan dalam mendengarkan frekuensi tertentu dan memerlukan alat bantu dengar untuk membantu memperkuat frekuensi tersebut agar mereka dapat mendengar lebih baik. Jadi bagaimana lembaga pendidikan dapat membantu dan memberikan bantuan untuk membuka potensi penuh dari siswa-siswa ini?

 

Di dunia pendidikan, inklusivitas dan aksesibilitas sangat penting. Di negara-negara Asia Tenggara, terutama di mana sumber daya untuk orang dengan kesulitan pendengaran mungkin terbatas, teknologi seperti Sistem FM, Sistem Inframerah, dan Sistem Loop Induksi muncul sebagai alat yang tak ternilai untuk menciptakan lingkungan belajar inklusif bagi semua siswa.

Tantangan dan Pertimbangan

Siswa yang menggunakan alat bantu dengar atau implan koklea menghadapi tantangan harian mendengarkan dan memahami informasi dari pendidik mereka. Mengapa demikian? Karakteristik operasional Alat Bantu Dengar dan Implan Koklea bekerja sedemikian rupa sehingga suara, terutama suara latar belakang, akan terdeteksi ketika kelas berlangsung, yang bisa sangat mengganggu ketika ada kegiatan lain di dalam dan di luar kelas.

 

Hal ini akan menyebabkan siswa yang menggunakan Alat Bantu Dengar atau Implan Koklea kehilangan informasi penting dan akhirnya harus meminta guru atau dosen mereka untuk mengulangi, yang dapat melelahkan, memakan waktu, dan mengganggu bagi seluruh kelas jika terus-menerus terjadi selama pelajaran. Inilah tempat Sistem Pendengaran Bantu (ALS) sangat dapat mengurangi atau bahkan menghilangkan gangguan dari suara latar belakang dan menukar sumber suara langsung dari guru atau dosen, akhirnya meningkatkan pengalaman belajar siswa yang sebelumnya terganggu menjadi lebih menarik dan bermanfaat.

Keuntungan Sistem ALS/HES untuk Sekolah di Negara-Negara Asia

  1. Pengalaman Belajar yang Ditingkatkan
    Menerapkan ALS mempromosikan lingkungan belajar inklusif, memungkinkan semua siswa untuk aktif berpartisipasi dalam diskusi dan percakapan. Siswa dengan gangguan pendengaran sering kesulitan memahami konten karena audio yang terdistorsi atau tidak jelas. Oleh karena itu, sistem ini mengatasi masalah ini dan memastikan bahwa setiap siswa menerima informasi dengan jelas, sehingga meningkatkan kinerja akademis mereka.
  2. Komunikasi yang Meningkat
    Komunikasi yang jelas sangat penting untuk kesuksesan akademis. Dengan adanya ALS ini, guru dapat efektif berkomunikasi petunjuk dan pelajaran kepada semua siswa, tanpa memandang kemampuan pendengaran mereka. Ini juga mendorong interaksi antara siswa, mempromosikan dinamika kelas yang lebih padu dan terintegrasi.
  3. Efisiensi Biaya Jangka Panjang
    Meskipun biaya awal pemasangan mungkin menjadi perhatian, sistem-sistem ini menawarkan manfaat jangka panjang. Investasi dalam teknologi seperti ini mengurangi kebutuhan untuk merekrut staf dukungan tambahan untuk siswa dengan gangguan pendengaran. Selain itu, ini menghilangkan hambatan potensial terhadap pendidikan, memastikan bahwa setiap anak memiliki akses yang sama ke pembelajaran berkualitas, sejalan dengan prinsip pendidikan inklusif.

Tanda Telinga Biru adalah tanda yang berarti dunia bagi orang dengan gangguan pendengaran. Setiap fasilitas yang memiliki tanda Telinga Biru menunjukkan bahwa ada loop pendengaran di sana. Bagi Eropa, Amerika Serikat, dan sejumlah negara di Asia Tenggara, tanda Telinga Biru memiliki makna yang dalam sebagai simbol aksesibilitas dan inklusi. Lambang ikonik universal ini, menampilkan telinga biru yang cerah dalam bingkai persegi, menandakan ketersediaan Layanan Pendengaran Bantu (ALS) di berbagai tempat di seluruh dunia, khususnya di Lembaga Pendidikan.

Jenis Sistem ALS

  1. Sistem Loop Induksi

    Sistem Loop Induksi menggunakan medan magnet untuk mengirimkan suara langsung ke alat bantu dengar atau implan koklea yang dilengkapi dengan komponen telecoil. Pada dasarnya, ini menjadikan alat bantu dengar dan implan koklea sebagai earpiece pembatal kebisingan karena mengambil suara langsung dari sumber tanpa adanya suara latar belakang, memastikan kejelasan. Solusi ini mudah dipasang dan biaya efektif karena hanya memerlukan instalasi sekali, membuatnya menjadi solusi yang layak untuk sekolah.
  2. Sistem FM

    Sistem FM adalah perangkat nirkabel yang memperkuat suara, mengirimkan langsung ke alat bantu dengar atau implan koklea seseorang yang dilengkapi dengan komponen Telecoil. Dalam konteks sekolah, Sistem FM dapat sangat bermanfaat bagi siswa dengan gangguan pendengaran terutama ketika ruang kelas dipenuhi dengan kebisingan dari kegiatan yang terjadi secara bersamaan selama pelajaran atau kuliah. Sistem ini dapat mengurangi suara latar belakang, memastikan siswa yang mempunyai kesulitan pendengaran dapat mendengar suara guru lebih jelas.
  3. Sistem Inframerah

    Mirip dengan Sistem FM, Sistem Inframerah mengirimkan sinyal audio secara nirkabel menggunakan gelombang cahaya, mengirimkan suara ke penerima yang dipakai oleh siswa selama pelajaran. Ini memungkinkan siswa dengan gangguan pendengaran, menerima suara yang jelas dan diperkuat tanpa gangguan. Sistem ini sangat berguna di lingkungan di mana frekuensi radio mungkin menyebabkan gangguan atau membawa risiko keamanan.

Kesimpulan

Sistem FM, Sistem Inframerah, dan Sistem Loop Induksi menawarkan jalan transformasional menuju inklusivitas dalam pendidikan. Dengan memanfaatkan pelbagai teknologi ini, sekolah-sekolah di Asia dapat membantu siswa-siswa yang ada gangguan pendengaran, memberdayakan mereka untuk berpartisipasi aktif dalam proses belajar mereka. Memprioritaskan inklusivitas dalam pendidikan tidak hanya bermanfaat bagi siswa individu tetapi juga berkontribusi pada masyarakat yang lebih adil dan kaya.

 

Menggabungkan sistem-sistem ini sejalan dengan Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan ke-4 Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa, yakni memastikan pendidikan inklusif dan berkualitas untuk semua. Ini adalah langkah menuju pembangunan lanskap pendidikan di mana setiap anak memiliki akses yang sama ke peluang belajar, mendorong mereka untuk mencapai potensi maksimal tanpa memandang kemampuan mereka. Selain itu, kampanye pendidikan dapat meningkatkan kesadaran tentang pentingnya sistem-sistem ini dan pada akhirnya mendorong adopsi ALS.

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Heightening the benefits for your students with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants is possible. Here’s how!

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Detecting sounds in a frequency range between 20 Hertz (Hz) to 20,000Hz and between 0 decibels (dB) and 130dB is something that almost every human being takes for granted. On the other hand, there are a group of individuals who have some form of hearing impairment.

 

These individuals who have hearing impairment would be facing challenges in hearing certain frequencies and would require a hearing aid to help amplify the frequencies to allow them to hear better – so how can Education Institutes help and provide a helping hand to unlock the full potential of these students?

 

In the realm of education, inclusivity and accessibility is paramount. Countries in Southeast Asia, especially where resources catered for people with hearing difficulties might be limited. Hence, technologies like FM Systems, Infrared Systems and Induction Loop Systems present themselves as invaluable tools to create and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Challenges and Considerations

Students with Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants face daily challenges of listening and picking up information from their educators. Why so? The operating nature of Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants works in a way where sound, especially background noises, will be picked up when classes are ongoing which can be quite disruptive when there are other activities ongoing in and outside of the classroom.

 

This will result in the affected student/s with Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants to miss out critical information and subsequently having to request for their teachers or lecturers to repeat themselves, which could be tiring, time consuming and disruptive to the rest of the class if it constantly recurs during lessons.

 

This is where Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) can greatly reduce or even eliminate the distractions from the background noises and trade for a much comfortable and direct sound source from the teacher or lecturer, eventually heightening the once-disrupted student’s learning experience to be more engaging and fruitful.

Advantages of ALS/HES for Schools in Asian Countries

  1. Enhanced Learning Experience
    Implementing ALS fosters an inclusive learning environment, allowing all students to actively participate in discussions and conversations. Students with hearing impairments often struggle to grasp content due to distorted or unclear audio. Therefore, these systems mitigate this issue and ensures that every student receives information clearly, thus improving their academic performance.
  2. Improved communication
    Clear communication is vital for academic success. With these ALS in place, teacher can effectively communicate instructions and lessons to all students, regardless of their hearing abilities. It also encourages interaction among students, promoting a more cohesive and integrated classroom dynamic.
  3. Long-Term Cost-Efficiency
    Although the initial setup cost might be a concern, these systems offer long-term benefits. Investing in such technologies reduces the need for hiring additional support staff for students with hearing impairments. Moreover, it eliminates potential barriers to education, ensuring that every child has equal access to quality learning, aligning with the principles of inclusive education.

The Blue Ear Sign is one that means a world of difference for people with hearing loss. Any facility that has this Blue Ear sign indicates that it has a hearing loop present. For Europe, the United States and a growing number of countries in South-East Asia, the Blue Ear sign holds profound significance as a symbol of accessibility and inclusion. This universal iconic emblem, featuring a vibrant blue ear within a square frame, signifies the availability of Assistive Listening Services (ALS) at different establishments around the world especially in Education Institutes.

Types of ALS Systems

  1. Induction Loop Systems

    Induction Loop Systems use magnetic fields to transmit sound directly to hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with a telecoil component. Essentially, this turns the hearing aid and cochlear implants into a noise-cancelling earpiece as it picks out the sound directly from the source without the presence of background noise, ensuring clarity. This solution is easy to install and cost-effective as it would be a one-time installation process, making it a viable solution for schools.
  2. FM Systems

    FM Systems are wireless devices that amplify sound, transmitting directly to an individual’s hearing aid or cochlear implant that has a built-in Telecoil component. In a school context, FM Systems can immensely benefit students with hearing impairments especially when classrooms are overwhelmed with noise from activities that are happening concurrently during lessons or lectures. This system can reduce background noise, ensuring students with hearing difficulties can clearly pick out the teacher’s voice.
  3. Infrared Systems

    Similar to FM Systems, Infrared Systems transmit audio signals wirelessly using light waves, delivering sound to receivers worn by students during lessons. This allows students with hearing impairments to receive clear, amplified sound without interference. This system is particularly useful in environments where radio frequencies might cause interference or pose security risks.

Conclusion

FM Systems, Infrared Systems and Induction Loop Systems offer a transformative pathway towards inclusivity in education. By harnessing these technologies, schools in Asia can bridge the gap for students with hearing impairments, empowering them to engage actively in their learning process. Priotising inclusivity in education not only benefits individual students but also contributes to a more equitable and enriched society.

 

Incorporating these systems aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4, ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. It’s a step towards building an educational landscape where every child has equal access to learning opportunities, encouraging them to reach their maximum potential regardless of their abilities. Additionally, educational campaigns can raise awareness about the significance of these systems and eventually encouraging adopting of ALS.

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Diversifying Induction Loop Designs

Induction Loop Systems have emerged as pivotal aids – revolutionizing accessibility for individuals with hearing impairments. These Induction Loop Systems transmit sound directly into Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants that have a built-in component known as a Telecoil. This provides clearer and more distinct audio without the background noise, for individuals with hearing impairments. Think of it like a noise-cancelling earpiece or headphones that we often use to block out unwanted background noise distractions from the world around us so that we can listen and enjoy the clear music or audio that we are listening to.

 

There are various number of loop designs that are best suited for specific environments and needs and at the same time complying to the IEC 60118-4 Standards, fostering inclusivity across diverse scenarios.

What is the IEC 60118-4 Standard?

This standard specifies requirements for the Field Strength (Intensity of magnetic field) of Induction Loops for hearing aids to provide adequate signal-to-noise ratio without overloading the hearing aid. Alongside Field Strength, it also specifies the minimum frequency response requirements for acceptable intelligibility.

 

1. Counter Loops

As the name suggests, counter loops are solutions that can be used for reception counters, help points and ticket counters. This type of induction loop is a small rectangular induction loop and there are a few factors that will be taken into consideration for an ideal position for maximum effectiveness;

 

  1. Counter loop should be mounted in vertical position, either on or embedded in a panel with no metal contents.
  2. The ideal height from the floor to the top of the loop should be at 750mm for sitting counters and 900mm for standing counters.
  3. The loop shall be facing in the direction of the hearing aid and cochlear implant user. This setting is most effective when the user is in a well-defined position relative to the loop.

 

2. Perimeter Loops

Perimeter Loops are the simplest and most basic loops that completes an induction loop system. These loops are most effective when used in a setting whereby the coverage area loop is no longer than 4 meters in width, have no requirement for privacy or concerns about signal overspill and have little to no metal in the structure of the venue.

 

Although Perimeter loops are the simplest and most basic of loops, it has its limitations such that the larger the size of the perimeter loop, the higher the variation over the width of the room. Larger perimeter loops will have a much lower signal strength in the middle than the areas nearer to the boundary. Where the presence of metal structures is present, metal losses will adversely reduce the field strength towards the center of the loop.

 

 

3. Cancellation Loops

Cancellation loops are compatible with perimeter loops that has a requirement to limit overspilling in one direction. It is basically a smaller loop segment in which has been carefully designed to be of correct size and as a result, it will cancel the overspilling in one direction with the use of the same amplifier as the main loop. The same concept of a perimeter applies as previously mentioned that it is most effective when the loop is not more than 4 meters in width.

 

In addition, cancellation loops require higher voltage headroom as compared to a basic perimeter loop. Since there will be an area where there will be no coverage, it is important that no hearing aid and cochlear implant users are in the zero-coverage area.

 

 

4. Single Array Loops

Single Array Loops in its simplest definition are multiple perimeter loops or also known as segments, formed using a single loop of cable. It is capable in providing better coverage than a single large perimeter loop since there are now more than 1 smaller sized perimeter loops that can provide more precise and quality field strengths that can be picked up by Telecoil-enabled Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant users.

 

Single array loops are effective but still have areas where there are “dead” zones as there is a gap where the magnetic field coverage is absent. Hence these zones are strongly recommended for hearing aid and cochlear implant users to stay away from.

 

 

5. Multiloops

A Multiloop is a complex loop design that comprises of 2 arrays with multiple segments that complement each other to provide even coverage for large areas like Multi-Purpose Halls, Prayer Halls and Classrooms, just to name a few. Multiloops can be further categorized into Low Loss and Low Spill multiloops. A simplified breakdown of these types of multiloops are as follows;

 

  1. Low Loss Multiloops
    As the name suggests, the purpose of this multiloop design is to ensure that the multiloop is able to provide as much effective coverage as possible by compensating for high metal loss in the venue. When a venue has relatively high metal content, the signal gets bounced back, cancelling the loop signal to a certain degree, affecting the audio that hearing aid and cochlear implant users hear. This results in the audio being muffled and not natural sounding.

    With proper designs and laying of Low Loss multiloops, the results will reflect an even field coverage over any room size, be it in the presence of metal or not. Although the overspilling effect is substantially reduced, it is a much better solution compared to a perimeter loop.

     

  2. Low Spill Multiloops
    Low Spill multiloops are similar to Low Loss multiloops, able to provide an even field coverage but only with more control of the overspilling effect. This loop design is most effective when there is a stage where electrical instruments like an electric guitar or even a dynamic microphone is present as it might induce interference. That is where careful and good loop designing with the help of simulation tools is crucial to keep the overspilling effect to the bare minimum.

Conclusion
To summarise, there is no one-size-fits-all loop design that can be used for any venue. There are multiple factors to the purpose of installing an induction loop such as privacy, overspilling, size of coverage area. Designing and installing an induction loop to fit the needs of the venue is bespoke and requires careful considerations without having to overspend on unnecessary systems and add-ons.

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Unveiling the Diversity of Loop Mediums used for Induction Loop Systems

Induction Loop Systems (ILS) or Hearing Enhancement Systems (HES) have revolutionised accessibility for individuals with hearing impairments, offering a direct and efficient way to transmit audio signals to hearing aids and cochlear implants. At the heart of these systems lie loop mediums – crucial components that facilitate the transmission of audio signals from the audio source to the telecoil found in hearing aids and cochlear implants. Here, we’ll delve into the array of loop mediums shaping the landscape of induction Loop Systems or Hearing Enhancement Systems:

1. Direct Burial Cable (DBC)

 

Direct Burial Cable loops are one of the most widely used loop medium for Induction Loop Systems or Hearing Enhancement Systems. It has copper wires – an excellent electrical conductor, making it an ideal material for transmitting audio signals. Direct Burial Cable loops are typically installed in a series of arrays of a room or venue, inducing magnetic field that is picked up by telecoil-enabled Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants and then converted into audio signals.

 

The insulation for Direct Burial Cables are able to resist the corrosive alkali effects present in cement and concrete. Hence, these loops can be installed within the screed layer and without the need for additional conduits or protective casings, reducing installation time and labour.

 

DBCs have a max outer diameter of 5mm, which contributes to space efficiency and eliminates the sight of visible wires or cables. This feature is advantageous in environments where aesthetics and space management are crucial such as theatres, museums, places of worship and hospitals since the Installation of DBCs is dependent on the type of floor finishing and venue.

 

  • Floor finishings: If the final floor finishings are tiles, vinyl or timber wood flooring, then it would be most practical to opt for DBC installation since it will be embedded in the screed or underneath the timber wood panels.
  • Venue: Installation of DBC would be most suitable when the venue or area is levelled throughout. It would not be practical for DBCs to be installed for tiered seatings as it would be difficult to secure to the rebars before the screed is poured. Even if the tiered seats are pre-existing, it would be less cost-effective and time-consuming to have to cut grooves or channels to lay the DBCs into and screed over to cover.

2. Flat Copper Tape (FCT)

 

Flat copper tape loops are another popular choice for loop mediums. Instead of using Direct Burial Cables, flat copper tape is utilized, which offers flexibility and ease of installation.

 

The Flat Copper Tape is typically adhered to the protective layer of Duct Tape to prevent any damages to the insulation which may result in an electrical short or even an open circuit. Following that, a layer of Blue Text and Hearing Loop Logo on White Printed Warning Tape is applied, which provides an indication to carpet and vinyl fitters to avoid cutting the Flat Copper Tape.

 

Flat copper tape loops are particularly suitable for retrofitting existing spaces, as they can be discreetly installed beneath carpeting without major modifications. The thin profile of the tape makes it less noticeable and reduces tripping hazards. Although slightly more prone to damage than Direct Burial Cables Loops, proper installation and maintenance and coordination is critical to ensure optimal performance.

3. Pre-Formed Loops

 

Pre-formed loops consist of loop conductors that come in various shapes and sizes, designed to fit specific applications or venues. These loop mediums are typically made from flexible copper wire and are pre-formed into specific shapes, such as rectangle or square to match the layout an area, usually a counter setting like an information counter or ticketing counter. Pre-formed loops offer convenience and ease of installation. Pre-formed or counter loops are commonly used when a Hearing aid or Cochlear implant user would like to communicate to the staff directly one-on-one. In addition to that, it offers a certain degree of privacy since the loop is directed towards the hearing aid user that is standing within range of the counter loop while those who are not, would not be able to pick up the signal and eavesdrop on sensitive information.

 

Conclusion:

 

Understanding loop mediums is a critical component of hearing enhancement systems utilizing magnetic induction technology. Direct Burial Cable, flat copper tapes and pre-formed loops offer various options to cater to different installation requirements and venue layouts. Each type of loop medium has its advantages and considerations, depending on factors such as room size, installation feasibility, portability needs, and specific user requirements. By understanding the characteristics and applications of these loop mediums, designers and installers can select the most suitable option to ensure effective and inclusive communication for individuals with hearing loss.

 

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Termination and Commissioning of Induction Loop Systems

After the installation of an induction loop, be it a multiloop or a fixed counter loop system, proper termination is required and followed by commissioning of the system with the AV System as a whole before handing over to the end users.

 

 

Proper termination of cables from the induction loop system is crucial to ensure that the induction loop system as a whole, is functioning correctly and is performing optimally.

 

These factors are crucial for proper termination;

  1. Ensuring loop medium is correctly routed and secured, minimizing the risk of damages or interference.
  2. Making precise connections between loop medium and amplifier which may include soldering or using dedicated connectors to the amplifier.
  3. Verifying the integrity of the connections by conducting tests to ensure proper signal continuity of the induction loop system.
  4. Proper grounding of induction loop system to prevent unwanted interference.

 

Commissioning of induction loop systems is the final stage of the installation process, where the system’s functionality and performance are tested.

 

Tests that will be done during the Commissioning of the induction loop system would include checking of Signal/Field Strength, Frequency Response and uniform coverage of the induction loop system.

 

  1. Background Noise Test – To ensure that the Magnetic background noise generated by other equipment like a generator or mains wiring does not affect the performance of the induction loop system.
    1. Readings should not be higher than -32dB.
  1. Signal/Field Strength Test – To determine the system’s output level, ensuring that it complies with the IEC 60118-4 Standards so that hearing aid and cochlear implant users would have a comfortable experience.
    1. For parameter loops and multiloops systems, readings should be between ±3dB.
    2. For counter loops, readings should be ±6dB to comply with the IEC 60118-4 standards.
      1. If it does not meet passing requirements, adjustments on the amplifier have to be made until it achieves passing results.
  1. Frequency Response – To assess the system’s ability to reproduce audio frequencies that are clear and audible. This is where Metal Loss Compensation in the amplifier plays a huge role to compensate for the cancellation of loop signal to a certain degree due to Metal Loss.
    1. Results should be showing a Flat Frequency Response reading as much as possible for both the High and Low Frequencies of 100Hz and 5kHz respectively.
    2. Optimal results would be in the range of ±3dB of 1kHz for both frequencies.
  1. Signal/Field Strength Test – To re-test the system’s output signal after adjusting the Metal Loss Control to overcome the Metal Loss.
    1. For perimeter loops and multiloop systems, readings should be between ±3dB to comply with IEC 60118-4 standards.
    2. For counter loops systems, readings should be ±6dB to comply with the IEC 60118-4 standards.
  1. Live Test – To ensure that the current settings applied on the amplifier is within the comfortable listening range and still within the IEC 60118-4 Standards when an audio source is playing either via Line Input or Microphone.
    1. Readings should be between -6dB and +3dB for counter loop systems and Multiloop systems.
  1. Uniform Coverage of induction loop system – To ensure that there is a consistent signal quality, clarity and no “humming noise” throughout the coverage area.

 

Fine-tuning of the system amplifier would be required to optimize the performance as per end user requirements and also to meet and comply to the IEC 60118-4 Standards.

 

Once the commissioning process is completed, a Certificate Of Confirmation will be issued as a form of verification that the induction loop system is ready for use.

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The Blue Ear Sign

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This Sign is one that means a world of difference for people with hearing loss. Any facility in Singapore that has this Blue Ear sign also has a hearing loop present. In Singapore, the Blue Ear sign holds profound significance as a symbol of accessibility and inclusion. This iconic emblem, featuring a vibrant blue ear within a square frame, signifies the availability of Assistive Listening Services (ALS) throughout Singapore.

 

In a bustling metropolis like Singapore, where diverse communities come together, the Blue Ear sign plays a pivotal role in ensuring that every individual can fully participate in public events, lectures, performances, and more. ALS encompasses a range of technologies, such as hearing loops, FM systems, that are instrumental in breaking down barriers for people with hearing impairments.

 

When you encounter the Blue Ear sign in Singapore, it represents a commitment to equality and diversity. It means that everyone, regardless of their hearing abilities, can access information, enjoy cultural experiences, and engage in meaningful conversations. This symbol exemplifies Singapore's dedication to creating a society where every voice can be heard, embracing the rich tapestry of its residents and visitors alike.

 

Here are the venues in Singapore that have the Blue Ear Sign that represents the availability of Assistive Listening Technology.

1. Airport

  1. Changi Airport Terminal 4
  2. Singapore Airlines Lounge at Terminal 3
    • The Private Room
    • First-Class
    • Business Class
    • KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
  3. Seletar Airport
  4. Qantas First Class Lounge

2. Attractions/Places of Interests

  1. Asian Civilisation Museum
  2. Bedok Reservoir Water Venture
  3. Bird Paradise
  4. Children’s Museum Singapore
  5. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Singapore
  6. Mandai Rainforest North
  7. Reflections at Bukit Chandu
  8. Universal Studios Singapore
  9. The Palawan @ Sentosa
  10. Slingshotz

3. Community Centres

  1. Frontier Community Club
  2. Heartbeat @ Bedok
  3. Hillview Community Club
  4. Pasir Ris Elias Community Club
  5. Telok Ayer Community Club
  6. One Punggol

4. Corporate Buildings/Offices

  1. AAC Technologies Auditorium
  2. Bloomberg Singapore
  3. Capital Square @ 18 Cross Street
  4. CapitaSpring
  5. Dyson Global Headquarters Singapore
  6. FACI Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
  7. Frasers Tower
  8. Glaxo Smith Klein
  9. Global Foundries
  10. Google Data Centre
  11. JP Morgan @ CapitaSpring
  12. JTC Cleantech 3
  13. JTC Space Tuas
  14. Pfizer API Expansion Project
  15. Pinset Masons
  16. Sembcorp Industries Ltd Boardroom
  17. Sembcorp Marine @ Tuas
  18. Takeda
  19. UBS @ 9 Penang Road
  20. UBS @ Hansapoint
  21. Visa Singapore
  22. Wilmar HQ
  23. Kingsville @ 155 Kallang Way

5. Education Institution

  1. Association for Persons with Special Needs
  2. AWWA School @ Bedok
  3. Bukit Timah Primary School
  4. Canadian International School
  5. Choa Chu Kang Public Library
  6. Clementi Primary School
  7. Elias Primary School
  8. Fajar Secondary School
  9. Fu Hua Primary School
  10. Fuchun Primary School
  11. Global Indian International School
  12. Gongshang Primary School
  13. Jun Yuan Primary School
  14. Kheng Cheng School
  15. Lifelong Learning Institute
  16. Mayflower Primary School
  17. Newcastle University
  18. Newton Primary School
  19. Northview Primary School
  20. NTU Academic Building South
  21. NUS Central Library
  22. NUS Cultural Centre
  23. NUS E7
  24. NUS Institute of System Science
  25. NUS LT 27, 28 and 29
  26. NUS Singapore Nuclear Research & Safety Initiative (SNRSI)
  27. Parkview Primary School
  28. Pasir Ris Primary School
  29. PSB Campus @ Jackson Square
  30. Rulang Primary School
  31. SEAB @ Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
  32. Singapore Polytechnic
  33. SMU Connextion
  34. St Joseph Institution International
  35. Tampines North Primary School
  36. Tanglin Trust School
  37. Temasek Polytechnic
  38. Yusof Ishak Secondary School

6. Government Buildings

  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. National Environmental Agency
  3. Punggol Fire Station
  4. SCDF HQ Auditorium
  5. Woodlands Police Divisional Headquarters
  6. Toa Payoh Police Division
  7. Kallang Fire Station

7. Healthcare Institutes

  1. KK Hospital Halifax
  2. Mount Alvernia Hospital
  3. Outram Community Hospital
  4. Bethany Methodist Nursing Home @ Choa Chu Kang
  5. Henderson Nursing Home
  6. Pasir Ris Nursing Home
  7. Potong Pasir Nursing Home
  8. Punggol East Nursing Home
  9. Senja Care Home
  10. St. John’s St. Margaret Nursing Home
  11. St. Andrew Nursing Home @ Queenstown
  12. West Coast Nursing Home
  13. Eunos Polyclinic
  14. Tampines St 61 Polyclinic
  15. Intermediate Care Hub (ICH) @ Health City Novena
  16. National Skin Centre
  17. National University Centre for Oral Health Singapore
  18. SG Enable

8. Hotels

  1. One North Service Apartment
  2. Pan Pacific Orchard
  3. Six Sense Duxton
  4. The Clan Hotel
  5. The Noble Hotel @ New Bridge Road
  6. Aqueen Prestige Jalan Besar

9. Leisure Facilities

  1. ActiveSG Park @ Jurong Lake Gardens
  2. Choa Chu Kang Lot 1 Shaw Theatres
  3. Shaw Plaza Cinemas

10. Places of Worship

  1. Charis Methodist Church
  2. Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea
  3. Church of the Epiphany
  4. Church of St. Alphonsus
  5. Faith Methodist Church
  6. Monfort Chapel @ Monfort Secondary School
  7. Queenstown Lutheran Church
  8. St. Joseph’s Church @ Victoria Street
  9. Trinity Christian Church @ Choa Chu Kang
  10. Wesley Methodist Church
  11. Angullia Mosque
  12. Khalid Mosque
  13. Lin San Temple
  14. Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Association
  15. Pu Ti Lian She
  16. Punggol Soka Centre
  17. Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  18. Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre

11. Public Transport

  1. Caldecott MRT Station (Circle Line, Passenger Service Counter – Paid & Unpaid Area)
  2. Canberra MRT Station (North-South Line, Passenger Service Counter – Paid & Unpaid Area)
  3. Outram MRT Station (East-West Line, Passenger Service Counter – Paid & Unpaid Area )
  4. Pasir Ris Bus Interchange (Passenger Service Counter)
  5. Thomson East Coast Line (Passenger Service Counter – Paid & Unpaid Area)
    • TE01 Woodlands North Station
    • TE02 Woodlands Station
    • TE03 Woodlands South Station
    • TE04 Springleaf Station
    • TE05 Lentor Station
    • TE06 Mayflower Station
    • TE07 Bright Hill Station
    • TE08 Upper Thomson Station
    • TE09 Caldecott Station
    • TE10 Mount Pleasant Station
    • TE11 Stevens Station
    • TE12 Napier Station
    • TE13 Orchard Boulevard Station
    • TE14 Orchard Station
    • TE15 Great World Station
    • TE16 Havelock Station
    • TE17 Outram Park Station
    • TE18 Maxwell Station
    • TE19 Shenton Way Station
    • TE20 Marina Bay Station
    • TE21 Marina South Station
    • TE22 Gardens By The Bay Station
    • TE22a Founders’ Memorial Station
    • TE23 Tanjong Rhu Station
    • TE24 Katong Park Station
    • TE25 Tanjong Katong Station
    • TE26 Marine Parade Station
    • TE27 Marine Terrace Station
    • TE28 Siglap Station
    • TE29 Bayshore Station
    • TE30 Bedok South Station
    • TE31 Sungei Bedok Station

12. Shopping Malls

  1. Compass One
  2. I12 Katong
  3. Parkway Parade
  4. Punggol One
  5. Tanglin Mall
  6. The Centrepoint
  7. Apple Store @ Jewel
  8. Apple Store @ MBS

13. Columbarium

  1. Woodlands Memorial

 

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Counter Loops in Singapore: Improving Hearing Aid User Communication

Differences in loop systems

Counter loops provide a direct communication solution for individuals with hearing impairments who use hearing aids in an establishment. They allow customers to converse with staff members even in noisy environments such as shopping centres, where background noise can be overwhelming. In Singapore, developers can benefit from integrating counter loops into their designs to improve accessibility for hearing aid users.

 

A counter loop is an induction loop that can communicate with a hearing aid user in a known and well-defined position. Counter loops are effective at locations such as:

 

  • Ticket Counters
  • Reception desks
  • Information or help points.
  • Cashier counter

How does a counter loop work?

 

  1. An audio source usually would be a staff member who will speak into a directional microphone.
  2. The microphone captures the voice, converts it into a sound signal, and sends it to an Induction Loop Amplifier to generate a current to pass the signal into the Induction Loop.
  3. The Induction Loop, made from copper wire, would be located under the counter, producing a magnetic field.
  4. The magnetic field generated by the Induction Loop will be picked up by the Telecoil or T-Coil equipped with the hearing aid and must be switched on by the user. The Telecoil will then convert the signal into a sound directly fed into the ear canal, omitting the background noise and improving the intelligibility of the staff's voice.

Portable Counter Loops vs Fixed Counter Loops

 

Portable Counter Loops

The portability of moving around an induction loop would be the ideal product for areas with counters. Businesses would prefer the Portable Counter Loop as their go-to product due to its portability and ability to be used immediately.

 

Portable counter loops are a simple and quick solution because they do not need to be configured or initially set up before use. Staff members must know several variables that affect how well a portable counter loop works.

 

These factors include:

 

  1. The distance that they would have to be standing away from the device so that the omnidirectional microphone would be able to pick up their voice. Otherwise, the microphone might pick up ambient noise instead, which might cause the hearing aid user not to have an intelligible sound quality.
  2. The height of where the portable counter loop is placed so that hearing aid users can receive a comfortable hearing volume level – not too soft or too loud.
  3. There is a constant need to recharge the device before usage, and it has an auto shut-off feature after 10 to 60 minutes to prevent the battery life from deteriorating.

 

Also, since portable counter loops are always present in the line of sight of the retail staff and take up space, there is a much higher chance that the device might be kept or moved elsewhere where it does not obstruct operations, which may result in a lack of return on investment and may even be forgotten by staff that there is a portable counter loop system at all. This may even lead to the hearing aid user being unable to ask for assistance in the first place.

 

Fixed Counter Loops

 

The opposite of portable counter loops is fixed counter loops. As its name suggests, a fixed counter loop is a long-term fix that can be added to old or new counters. Despite being installed, fixed counter loops do not need to be adjusted or set up before use; a staff member must talk into the desktop microphone.

 

The hearing aid user has to be standing in front of the counter and proceed to turn on the T-coil function to be able to hear what the staff member is saying. And since the fixed counter loop is installed under the actual counter itself, it is a discreet and non-discriminatory way that hearing aid users can communicate easily to ask for assistance. Furthermore, since the fixed counter loop is hidden from sight, hearing aid users are not discriminated against.

 

Since the fixed counter loop driver does not operate on batteries, it is plugged into a DC power source, and users can choose to keep it on standby or use it on demand. Before the room with the fixed counter loop system can be utilized, it must meet the IEC 600118-4 standard. Staff should be properly set up and tested during the initial installation phase before being commissioned to be fit for use.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, a portable counter loop scores a 5/5 on portability. However, it does require constant adjustments to ensure that customers with hearing aids can get an intelligible sound quality, which might not even meet the IEC 600118-4 standard, and that staff must recharge before every use. Since the portable counter loop is within the public's line of sight, it may be discriminatory to those wearing hearing aids.

 

On the other hand, a fixed counter loop checks all the requirements the portable counter loop lacks. Even though the fixed counter is not portable and only dedicated to a single counter desk, it meets the IEC 600118-4 standard, which hearing aids users will appreciate. Since it is hidden from the eyes of the public, hearing aid users will feel more included and will not feel discriminated against when approaching a counter staff.

 

Singapore's architects and building system developers can enhance accessibility and improve communication for hearing aid users by integrating fixed counter loops into their designs.

 

If you want to learn more about counter loops, please send your inquiry. Read about induction loop systems to understand which option suits your project.

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Difference between Induction Loop Systems, Digital FM Solutions, Infrared Solutions

Differences in loop systems

Induction loop systems use electromagnetic fields to transmit audio from a microphone or other audio source to a hearing aid or cochlear implant. The hearing aid or implant must have a Telecoil or often referred to as T-coil, a particular type of receiver, to pick up the audio signals. Installation is required during construction to embed the loop underneath the floor finishing or above the ceiling panels, whichever meets the customer's requirements. Therefore coordination is important between different parties to ensure successful installation.

 

Digital FM solutions use a 2.4 GHz global frequency standard for wireless broadband communication to transmit audio. The audio source is connected to a transmitter, which transmits the audio to a receiver in a portable neckloop that listeners would have to wear to be able to hear. The receiver can be a portable device. Digital FM solutions are portable and do not require installation. However, the building owner has to assign manpower to issue and collect back the receivers and neckloops after every event. Moreover, it is required to sanitise the neck loop and charge the receivers after each use.

 

Infrared solutions use infrared light to transmit audio. The audio source is connected to a transmitter, which transmits the audio to a receiver, similar to the Digital FM Solution, and in the form of a neck loop that is portable and listeners would have to wear to be able to hear. The receiver is portable; however, the transmitters would require to be installed. Infrared requires a line of sight; if there is a lot of natural light, this might affect the coverage. However, the building owner has to assign manpower to issue and collect back the receivers and neckloops after every event. Infrared solutions are less affected by interference from other sources but require a direct line of sight between the transmitter and receiver.

 

Overall, Induction loop systems are the most cost-effective and do not require extra manpower to collect  receivers or neckloops in every event. Digital FM solutions need a receiver but do not require installation. Infrared solutions are less affected by interference but require a line of sight.

 

What should I choose for my space?

 

The best option for you will depend on the specific requirements, the environment in which the public will use the system, and the budget available. We recommend consulting a professional knowledgeable about assistive listening systems to determine the best option for your situation.

 

The Hearing Enhancement System by the Listening Lab is the most professional HES distributor and sole distributor of Ampetronic Induction Loop Systems in Singapore. Check the installation process we did at NUS University Cultural Centre (UCC) and OWWA School. To learn more, you may send your questions through our enquiry form, give us a call at +65 6817 5100 or send us an email to hes@listeninglab.sg.

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Installing Induction Loop Systems in Singapore

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An Induction Loop System, or a Hearing Loop System, is a specialized audio system that uses electromagnetic energy to transmit sound directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants. This system is designed to assist individuals with hearing loss better understanding speech and other sounds in various settings, including public spaces, homes, and workplaces.

 

An Induction Loop System consists of a loop of wire placed around a room or area and a loop amplifier that interfaces with a microphone or other audio source. The audio signal is then transmitted through the loop wire, which creates a magnetic field that can be picked up by hearing aids and cochlear implants that have a telecoil or "T-switch" setting. This setting allows the hearing aid or implant to receive the magnetic signal and convert it into sound, eliminating the need for additional devices.

 

Note: Only hearing Aids with a Telecoil will only be able to enjoy the Induction Loop Systems.

Pre-installation questions

Before installation, here are some of the things we will initially ask these questions to help us:

  • Floor plan - this is for us to understand the size of our work area, what would be provisioned nearer to the completion of the project, and for us to design the loop per the customer's requirement.
  • Type of floor finishing - will help us understand whether factors affect the desired or expected results, such as the high presence of metals, resulting in reduced audio signal clarity.
  • Listening Height - whether for sitting or standing, different heights will require different settings on the amplifier.
  • Audio Source Location - this will enable us to know where to start and end the loop during the installation phase.
  • Bolting points on the floor - allows us to make a more effective design and to divert away from them so that the loop does not get damaged during the installation of furniture and carpentries.

Installation time frame

A typical time frame for an Induction Loop System Installation is as follows:

  1. Training Room / Conference Room - 1 day
  2. Full Gymnasium coverage - 2 - 3 days
  3. Retractable Chairs - 3 days
  4. Full Auditorium coverage - 3 to 4 days

In conclusion, an Induction Loop System is a specialized audio system that uses electromagnetic energy to transmit sound directly to hearing aids with telecoil.

 

This system is designed to assist individuals with hearing loss by providing better and clearer speech and other audio sources in various settings, including public spaces, places of worship, and workplaces. With the clear and direct sound provided by the Induction Loop System, individuals with hearing loss can enjoy a better quality of life and space than regular people.

 

By choosing Loop Systems, you are guaranteed professionalism and great integration techniques to determine the solution with ongoing support from our dedicated and professional consultancy team.

 

"Customers remember the experience – not just because you complied." Our ingenious solution delivers sound clarity unparalleled by others. Our vision, quite simply, is to bring intelligible sound to life for the hearing impaired.

 

For more information, contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at +65 6817 5100 or email hes@listeninglab.sg. You can also send us a request for a quotation.

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How Induction Loop Systems are More Superior to FM or IR Systems

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Induction Loop System is an audio technology that supports enhanced hearing and communication for individuals with a hearing impairment.

Audio Induction Loops, occasionally called Hearing Loops, deliver an assistive listening system for individuals with hearing impairment, specifically those who use a hearing aid.

But how are Induction Loops more efficient than an FM or IR System?

  1. One of the main advantages of Induction Loops over FM and IR systems is convenience. Both the user and the venue benefit from the convenience factor. With Induction Loops, users do not need additional equipment or devices as the system directly links with the user's hearing aid or cochlear implant.
  2. Another benefit of Induction Loops is that they can be less costly than other systems like RF and IR for larger spaces. Large venues for the Loop system are more cost-effective than using IR and FM for large venues.

Take this example: Each hearing aid user requires one receiver, and the support of 100 hearing aid users will be the receiver cost multiplied by 100, which will be more expensive than the loop. While RF and IR systems cost less because buildings do not need to be modified to install them, Induction Loops can be a more cost-effective solution in the long run.

  1. Induction Loops offer a complete range throughout a venue and are less prone to interference than other systems. For example, in FM systems, the signal quality can be affected by obstacles, such as walls or people, which can cause interference.
  2. Induction Loop Systems use a magnetic field and equip hearing access the same way wherever installed. They function at airports, ticket windows for trains or buses, and service counters where passing out and getting back an IR or FM receiver is impossible.
  3. Induction Loops and IR systems offer greater privacy for users and the venue than FM systems. With FM systems, the signal can travel beyond the intended listening area and potentially be heard by others, compromising privacy.
  4. It is worth noting that the efficiency of hearing aid systems can vary based on individual needs and the specific venue or environment in which they are used. Therefore, consulting with a hearing healthcare professional is essential to determine the best assistive listening system for a particular situation.
  5. Induction Loop Systems are sanitary. There are no hygienic considerations when one uses their hearing instrument as the receiver.
  6. The induction loop system provides an intelligible sound quality, whereby the hearing aid user will be able to experience with their hearing aid that has been tuned to their unique hearing loss profile, allowing them to get the best possible experience out of the induction loop system.

With all the various benefits of hearing loop systems, why do some venues still install IR or FM systems?

  • IR and FM systems can still be less expensive than hearing loop systems, especially for smaller venues or venues with a limited budget.
  • IR and FM systems may be more compatible with existing audio systems in a venue, making installation and integration easier.
  • IR and FM systems are typically more focused than hearing loop systems, making them a better option for venues where privacy is a concern, such as courtrooms or medical facilities.
  • IR and FM systems have existed longer than hearing loop systems and may be more readily available in certain regions or countries.

Efficiently, The Listening Lab understands this intimately as we are the only audiology retail chain implementing hearing enhancement systems in buildings. We understand what the users are going through and how a sound system helps the hearing aid user cope much better. We also understand building owners' and designers' requirements and expectations to deliver an integrated, hassle-free solution.

Contact us so we can provide the necessary information for your specified requirements.

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When planning renovations or restructuring for a school or university, one should consider installing a Hearing Enhancement System. This system operates in the background and increases the clarity and quality of an input sound source for individuals who use a personal hearing aid or device with a built-in telecoil feature.

How can this be advantageous for school systems?

Institutions like NTU, SMU, Singapore Polytechnic, and The Canadian International School have used loop systems. They can be installed in public spaces and rooms to meet specific needs. Hearing loops are often the most efficient option as they help reduce background noise while allowing students with hearing impairment to be part of the same environment as everyone else. This results in improved clarity while ensuring that speakers wouldn't have to strain their voices and everyone experiences a more nurturing atmosphere - enabling students with hearing impairment to learn with fewer disruptions and can better understand what is being taught.

 

Hearing Enhancement Systems play a crucial role in the education sector, where many may experience hearing loss. The two main types of Systems are personal hearing aids and FM systems. The latter uses a neckloop that receives FM signals from a transmitter such as a Teacher's Microphone or an audio source from a Line Input. And then into currents that travel through the neckloop—creating a magnetic field which then induces the telecoils in hearing aids, enabling the individual to hear what everyone else hears during lectures given by the presenter.

How does it work?

A hearing loop, an induction loop or T-Loop, is a technology designed to enhance the audio experience for individuals with hearing impairments. It transmits a sound source directly to a hearing aid, eliminating background noise or acoustic distortion.

 

When selecting a hearing loop solution, it is essential to consider the type of environment the institution will use it. For example, an area coverage solution is required in an ample public space such as an auditorium or theatre when a lecturer interacts with a group of people. A service point solution is necessary if the school uses it at a service point, such as a retail counter or reception desk, where there is a direct line of communication between the hearing aid user and counter staff.

 

The following information is essential to determine the ideal solution for a specific area:

  • The venue's area coverage and dimensions: the size of the room will affect the power needed to drive the hearing loop effectively and provide quality, consistent and clear coverage for hearing aid users.
  • The floor construction: metal elements such as beams or even rebar in the floor or ceiling structure can have a minor or significant impact on the signal levels and cause variations in the audio clarity. Hence, to overcome this challenge, the space may need a MultiLoop system to correct this.
  • Regarding adjacency or privacy: a perimeter loop tends to spill over into adjacent areas, such as neighbouring classrooms or rooms where one's privacy is desired. This should be taken into consideration when selecting a hearing loop solution.

Check this video: How Hearing Loops Work, to learn more about how they work. The Hearing Enhancement System by the Listening Lab is the appointed sole distributor of Ampertronic products in Singapore and Malaysia for the South East Asia Region.

Convenient places for installation in schools

A hearing enhancement system for the general public makes schools more inclusive for guests and students. Therefore, lecture halls, gymnasiums, and auditoriums are the best places where Hearing Enhancement Systems would install hearing loop systems. Institutions can utilise Hearing Loop solutions during events and assemblies, such that individuals who use hearing assistive devices can enjoy the moment without having to stand close to an audio output like speakers or being left out and constantly look out for assistance.

 

It is also convenient to install at cashiers or public service counters to improve sound clarity even with heavy background noise. The counter staff will be able to communicate with the hearing aid user via a dedicated microphone which will transmit the signal without disruption from the background noise. This counter loop system is also effective when communication is done between a glass window if there is one.

 

The Hearing Enhancement System by the Listening Lab designs and builds low-spill multiloops that equip communication privacy within a defined area required by clients. This guarantees that rooms that need to be hearing-aid friendly can also be secure for the specified audience. We offer multiloops which provide communication privacy within selected areas, ensuring that rooms with hearing accessibility remain safe for their end users.

 

The Hearing Enhancement System by the Listening Lab offers comprehensive solutions for any environment. Schools are constantly battling the challenges of inclusivity for the deaf and hard of hearing, and having a quality and professional solution service is a way to address that. For more installation information and or quotations, you may call us to inquire further.

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Do We Really Need Hearing Loops?

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Why would anyone invested in hearing aids or cochlear implants require anything more than their devices? Don't hearing aids mend a hearing issue like prescription eyeglasses can provide better vision?

 

It does not.

 

Today's hearing aids improve hearing in casual settings. For those with hearing loss, the sound becomes vague when loudspeakers are far away, when the context is noisy, or in rooms that resonate sound. A hearing loop magnetically transfers a microphone or TV sound signal to hearing aids and cochlear implants with an affordable "telecoil" receiver. This alters the mechanisms into in-the-ear speakers that produce sound customised for one's hearing loss.

Distance Difference

Beyond 6 feet, people generally use a Bluetooth system in their home or office to drive the audio signal from their TV or sound system straight to their hearing aid. That works in a range of up to 14 feet.

 

Beyond 14 feet, the space from the primary audio origin to the hearing aid is so far that it merges with the other background noises. That distance also generates reverberation and contortion boosted by the amplifier built into the hearing aid. All of that conducts to higher volume — but significantly reduces clarity and understanding for the person wearing hearing aids.

 

The solution in more expansive, noisy spaces: shorten the span that sound has to traverse by generating an audio induction loop field that a telecoil receiver can pick up from anywhere in the looped area. Most hearing aids and implants are compatible with this system. Individuals need to be sure they know how to trigger their telecoil. (82% of aids and 100% of implants have a built-in telecoil.)

 

Therefore, Hearing Loops are certainly recommendable in public spaces.

 

A user-focused method founded on each area's requirements will specify and provide a loop system with a faultless listening experience.

 

The Hearing Enhancement System by the Listening Lab is the most professional AV distributor and sole provider of Induction Loops and Assistive Listening Technology Systems in Singapore. Please call +65 6817 5100 or contact us if you have any questions about the possibility of installing a hearing loop in your community.

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Why are Induction Hearing Loops important?

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Hearing loop systems are answers for assistive listening, providing access to high-quality discernible sound for hard-of-hearing individuals. Why are hearing loops critical? The methods are beneficial to those with hearing loss, and the need for them is rapidly growing around the world:

 

  • Assistive listening benefits an extensive and ever-growing section of the community - hearing impairment affects one in seven individuals, a number that is expanding as the population ages. Equipping fair and high-quality assistance to this large group is becoming a high priority for any service provider or public organisation.
  • Hearing loop systems offer distinctive advantages to service providers and end users, making them essential facilities in many private and public conditions. Legislation is in force or in development in Singapore to mandate the usage of hearing loop systems and secure the benefits given to the hard of hearing. The adoption of technology is evolving rapidly and is more widespread around the world.
  • The hard-of-hearing community is increasingly aware of the resolutions available to aid them, expanding end-user demand for assistive listening solutions.

 

Why are hearing loops necessary?

 

According to data, individuals with hearing loss in Singapore are estimated to be around 500,000.

We have been providing comprehensive solutions for practically any assistive hearing application. We desire to make a genuine difference in the quality of life of hearing aid users and are committed to delivering the very best systems for installers, facilities managers, and specifiers.

 

"Simply increasing the volume does not help – it's all about separating the signal from the noise."

Adopting a "tick box" approach to legislative compliance gives no guarantee of performance, reliability, and, most importantly, end-user experience. The right products are only part of the solution.

 

By choosing Loop Systems, you are guaranteed a professional and integrated technique to determine the best resolution with ongoing support from our unique and dedicated design and consultancy team.

 

"Customers remember the experience – not just because you complied."

Our ingenious solution delivers sound clarity unparalleled by others. Our vision, quite simply, is to bring intelligible sound to life for the hearing impaired.

 

For more information, contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at +65 6817 5100 or email hes@listeninglab.sg. You can also send us a request for a quotation.

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