Providing hearing assistance is a vital way for menu venues to help their customers and staff. With over 17% of the population with hearing loss, the benefit of a loop assistive listening system can be significant for both the venue and for those who have hearing loss.
However, simply installing a loop system is not sufficient; a hearing assistance system such as a loop must provide a genuine benefit to the hearing aid user. A poorly designed or installed hearing loop will now meet the legislative requirements in the venue and will not provide the quality experience for those with hearing loss. There are many examples of poorly installed systems which have damages the reputation of hearing loops. Standards can provide performance benchmarks that ensure the loop system provides a genuine benefit.
The international standard for induction loop systems – IEC60118-4 – has established requirements and test methods for loop systems, If you are requesting a loop system, be sure that part of your requirements include that it must meet the IEC Standard and be sure to have the installer provide the test results and a certificate of conformity to show compliance to IEC60118-4. These requirements should not add cost or complexity to the project if done correctly, but effectively guarantee a working system.
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