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If you are hard of hearing, and use hearing aids, then you always need to ensure that you have a good supply of hearing aid batteries. At Hearing Loss Cornwall, we supply some free hearing aid batteries from the office. Check if we have yours!
A standard hearing aid battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 22 days, depending on the hearing aid type, battery type and capacity, and the amount of hearing aid use. Change your batteries if sounds become distorted or if you have to turn up the volume more than usual.
You may get a small beeping sound when the battery is low. If so make sure you change batteries immediately. Only remove the tab when you are ready to use the battery and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before installing it in your hearing aid. This allows your battery to activate effectively.
When you're not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain and when you won't be using the hearing aid for a lengthy time just remove the battery entirely.
Hearing aid batteries can lose energy at any time so always ensure that you carry spares. As with any batteries, keep them away from coins, keys or other metal objects.
We have a portable induction loop system available for hire from the office. This is a specialised type of amplifier kit which allows a hearing aid user to hear, with ease, within a group meeting at any indoor venue of up to 50 square metres. It comes with full instructions on how to use the portable induction loop system.
If you are interested in finding out more, including availability, costs, or to make a booking of this hearing loop system, simply contact the office. Let us know what you require, when and where you will need the support.
The Equality Act 2010 says that organisations who provide services for the public must take reasonable measures to make sure those services are accessible to disabled people including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This normally means providing some communication support.
When a hearing aid is set to the 'T' position, the telecoil in the hearing aid picks up the magnetic waves produced by the hearing loop system. A direct copy of the audio signal reaching the microphone is now 'induced' in this coil and the hearing aid converts this electrical signal back to audible sound for the wearer to hear. In this way, someone sitting at the back of the venue can clearly hear the speaker at the front - simply by being inside the hearing loop area. Our system can fit up to approximately 30 chairs.
We work with a qualified technician who is a leading installer of AFILS induction hearing loops and has considerable experience in both simple and complex low-spill loops. He can quote for installation of Hearing Loop Systems across all sorts of venues in Cornwall. Once he has set up the kit, he will ensure that it is tested.
He can also install infra-red hearing assistance which is ideal if you wish to ensure privacy within a designated space such as a council chamber or a consultation room. This is also an ideal solution where neighbouring rooms need separate systems. This same technology is also highly suited to tour guide systems in museums and other leisure attractions.
If you are interested in induction loop systems, please contact Hearing Loss Cornwall for more information. One happy customer reports that:“We are thrilled with the inconspicuousness of the wiring and the microphone, and the help that it is giving the people with hearing loss who visit. Once again thank you for being kind and answering all our queries and for setting the room up so well”
Hearing Loop Systems are set to become a standard feature both at home and in ALL public buildings where assistance with hearing is required. If you are responsible for running a church, hall or venue you will genuinely help those with poor hearing. Accessibility is a key factor at any venue for those with any disability and a hearing loop system will really benefit those with hearing loss to feel part of the community.