Congratulations! To be able to hear your favorite T.V. programs without aggravating family members, you recently got a hearing loop. While it may have been a challenge to choose the ideal system from among all the great options out there, it should be much simpler for you to set up your hearing loop once you get it home and out of the box. You won’t need to hire a specialist to set up your home hearing loop if you adhere to these straightforward, general steps.

Getting organized. Most hearing loops have four major pieces — an amplifier box, the wire loop, the apparatus you want to hear more clearly (such as the TV) and your sound receiver (hearing aid or a separate device packaged with your system). As with every home project, it is a smart idea to make sure you have all the appropriate tools and equipment handy before you begin installing your new loop. Depending on your particular home hearing loop system, some additional tools could be nice to keep on hand, such as a stapler or a screwdriver.

Steps to follow. First, attach your amplifier near your TV set with the screws included with your loop or merely position it next to your television.The subsequent step is to plug your amplifier into a power outlet and to connect your amplifier’s input jack to the audio output jack of your sound source. Lastly, run the amplifier’s wire around the perimeter of the room you are working in either by tucking it under the edges of the carpet or around the ceiling edges, stapling it over doorways to keep it out of the way.

Presto. You are done. Just follow the manufacturer’s directions to adjust the volume and any other settings your system might have. These controls can be located on the amplifier itself or on a separate remote depending on the hearing loop’s design.

Safety alert. Don’t put your device or any electronic equipment near water, such as near an aquarium, a sink or a flower vase that could be knocked over. Never spray cleaning solution on the amplifier; instead, wipe it with a dry cloth. Additionally, keep the system away from heat sources, such as a heater, stove or fireplace. Be sure to put the loop system in a well-ventilated area, not enclosed in a box or cabinet where it may become too hot.