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Induction Loop

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BML
BML Community member Posts: 3 Listener

I am a reasonably fit 83 year old male with practically no hearing in my left ear and only about 30% in the right ear and am obviously very reliant on a hearing aid. I watch more TV than is good for me especially in the middle of the night when my type two diabetes causes me to wake up and so I reply upon subtitles heavily.  Regrettably the requirements to add subtitles are not very high and many TV program providers don’t add them.  I used to be able to rely upon a very effective Induction Loop system but that has gone.

My elderly Panasonic TV started to lose subtitles last year especially on BBC so it had to go which was a pity because the Bellman Induction Loop which was connected to the TV by Scart connections was very effective.

It was not until I had bought and set up a new Panasonic TV that I found that it did not have Scart connections because Panasonic had started to use HDMI connections so my Induction Loop was stuffed.  I went back and asked the staff at PCWorld Currys uk for advice but they thought that their job was selling not understanding the equipment that they sold. I then commenced a period of asking all sorts of organisation how I could sort out my old Induction Loop and I received much expensive advice that led me to buy a number of converters none of which worked.

By that stage I had reached the conclusion that perhaps the old Induction Loop was Analogue and the new Panasonic was Digital.  During that time various types of Induction Loop were suggested but when I looked into them I found that I required additional pieces of equipment so I have come to this forum in the hope that there will be people who could advise me.

Many thanks in advance,

Brian L            

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,195 Championing
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    Hi @BML - I'm hoping that I 'might' have found something helpful. I know I had to look at getting an adapter/converter when my son gave me his old computer last June, & I had a scart connection on my computer linking it to hdmi on my TV. I was wondering why your converter hadn't worked when I saw your first post, now you mention you think your induction loop is analogue this makes sense.
    If this is the sort of thing that might work, you'll need a power supply for it if you haven't got a spare USB port on your TV or close by. You would additionally have to buy an hdmi cable with the right end connectors.
    I hope that makes sense! I'm fairly good with computers so am hoping this is correct. However I can ask my son to check tomorrow evening as he knows way more than I! So, if you don't get an answer from anybody else, it might be an idea to wait until tomorrow.


  • loopyt
    loopyt Community member Posts: 79 Contributor
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    Hi Brian, it is a shame that all the 'improvements ' in technology have led to these difficulties! Have you contacted Panasonic direct? Their UK number is 0344 8443899. If phoning is difficult,  their email address is feedback@eupanasonic.com
    Good luck, T
  • BML
    BML Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Panasonic are a waste of space and I have the Emails to prove it. B
  • BML
    BML Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I have tried four converters chopping them through the three HDMI sockets to no avail.  I've looked at what I assume are modern Induction Loop devices but am loath to try any of them with a recommendation from a user.  
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,392 Scope online community team
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    @Andy_Assistive. Would you be able to advise @BML at all?
    Community Manager
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  • Ryan_Scope
    Ryan_Scope Scope Posts: 14 Contributor
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    @BML
    I am currently looking into a solution for you that will enable you to preserve your current Bellman Induction Loop. Are you able to provide me with the model of your current Induction Loop so that I can see the exact specification of the product. 
    Regards,
    Ryan Kennedy
    Assitive Solutions and Digital Inclusion Specialist
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