Portable Desktop Loops

Portable Desktop Loops

Doís:
  • Utilise the option for an external microphone (if installed) which should be placed as close as practicably possible to the mouth of the person whose voice needs to be captured
  • If an external microphone is not an option then the person whose voice needs to be captured should adjust their position so they are as close to the on-board microphone as is practicably possible
    N.B. If the microphone is too far away from the desired sound source then the unit will not provide any additional benefit over the hearing aid or cochlear implant used on its own.
  • Ensure that the flat face of the system is facing the person with hearing loss who is using the system, and that it has been set at a suitable distance to maintain comfortable listening
  • Make sure the system is adequately charged before use if an electrical socket is not going to be available.
  • Ensure that any auto-off battery saving options do not turn the system off during the duration of operation
  • Maintain the system and batteries, performing regular operational checks with a meter/receiver.
Doníts:
  • Donít use portable counter systems in applications where the operator isnít training on its operation
  • Donít use hearing loop signage to advertise a system as being available at positions where a system isnít permanently situated
    N.B. If there is no signal the intended user of the system will generally assume the system is broken. Which will reflect poorly on a venueís reputation for the provision of equal access.
  • Donít use a portable system in applications where the potential user of the system will not naturally be positioned (both standing and seated) in a space where the magnetic field generated provides a comfortable, intelligible listening experience
  • Donít use portable counter systems where an external microphone is not available and the on-board microphone cannot be placed a suitable distance from both the persons mouth whoís voice needs to be captured and from the intended user.
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