Many teaching and meeting rooms and reception areas on the University campuses are equipped with hearing loops to aid users with hearing impairments.  The systems provide clearer audio for these people, picked up by way of a microphone located closer to the source of the audio than their hearing aid would be otherwise.

Specific detailed information about the installation in each room can be found on the room information pages.

Hearing loops make use of an aerial installed in the room to transmit the audio to a user’s hearing aid. The hearing aid is simply switched to the “T” position to receive this audio.  Hearing Loop systems can be identified by the standard signage in the location.  In certain cases, coverage is restricted to a particular area of the room - this is noted on the room information pages .  We are currently undertaking a process to upgrade or replace hearing loops to comply with the current British Standard (BS7594:2011).

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Microphones

For best results, a hearing loop requires a microphone that is located as close to the presenter as possible, to provide the best possible ratio of wanted signal to background noise.  Where practical the systems are connected to the installed PA system in a room, so the radio microphone or lectern microphone should be used to provide a feed to the recording.  In rooms where there is no PA system, the microphone is located on the lectern, the teaching wall, or the ceiling.  For a collaborative situation - eg a meeting with several parties contributing, this may not provide adequate results, and you should book additional microphones from the AV centre.

Training and Assistance

In all cases, the AV centre are happy to offer further guidance, training and assistance as required. Please contact us via email or call extension 4500.