Can we add hearing loop functionality to our Contacta Speech Transfer System?
If you have a Contacta STS-K070, STS-K071 or STS-K072 then you may be wondering if you can add hearing aid compatibility to your system. The IL-AE97 loop sign is exactly what you need to achieve this. It is a loop sign which includes an integrated aerial used for above the counter loop installations. This makes it ideal for general counters, booths, desks or any other similar locations.
How does a hearing loop work?
This loop sign is designed to be used with Contacta’s HLD2 loop driver, but how does a hearing loop work? In simple terms, the loop amplifier drives an electrical signal through the loop aerial. This then creates a short range magnetic field, which allows a T-Coil enabled hearing aid to pick up the electrical signal being transmitted through this field.
This covers an area approximately 1.2m in range, so it is designed to allow one to one conversations to take place with a degree of privacy. It also means that you can install multiple loops in relative close proximity to one another. However we would always recommend you seek advice from an accredited installer if you have any doubts about fitting any assistive listening equipment.
The IL-AE97 is lightweight and easy to install. You can fit it to a suitable vertical surface using adhesive or Velcro pads (not included). Alternatively there is also a desk stand available as well; IL-SD01 Aerial Desk Stand
Why do I need to add a hearing loop?
Usually the IL-AE97 comes as part of a hearing loop system, but it is available as a supplementary item to enhance the performance of the STS-K070, STS-K071 and STS-K072 systems allowing you to comply with BS EN60118-4 requirements where required.
It is a cheap addition to these systems which really helps you to communicate directly with customers with hearing difficulties. It’s also handy in case you’ve managed to damage or lose your existing loop cable!
The IL-AE97 also serves as suitable signage in order to comply with BS EN60118-4. However if you do require additional signage then you can find a full selection over on our sister site JustLoops; Loop Signage.