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Military Order of the Purple Heart
Col Carroll M Fyffe Memorial Chapter
Chapter 572
P.O. Box 823
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85636-0823

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WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE THE EQUIPMENT?

WHAT IS THE $$ COST TO YOU THE USER?

HOW DOES THE EQUIPMENT HELP WITH THE "QUALITY OF LIFE"?

THE MAJOR EQUIPMENT USED.

OUR MAJOR CONFIGURATIONS.

HOW DO YOU GET THIS EQUIPMENT?.

QUESTIONS?? CONTACT US.

OUR "HEARING" PROGRAM
(For The Hearing Impaired)


A. What is the program?

Our Chapter 572 of The Military Order of The Purple Heart has recently started a program called "The Hearing Loop Program". The program is designed to furnish Veterans and/or their immediate families of Southern Arizona, free of cost, electronic equipment that will enhance their TV (or other entertainment devices) listening when they or members of their families are hearing impaired.


B. Who is qualified to receive the equipment?

1. Any active duty or retired US military personnel. *
2. Any personnel that are in possession of a valid Military ID card or DD Form 214 (or 215) showing honorable separation from a US Force. *
* Personnel of 1. and 2. above, or an immediate family member living with them, must be hearing impaired (to any degree).

C. What is the $$ cost to you the user?

There is no $$ cost to you. The systems are furnished by the Sierra Vista MOPH Chapter 572 to Veterans for their use or their immediate families use on a complimentary basis. After you use one of the systems awhile, we may (or may not) ask you for feedback so we can improve or more efficiently conduct the Hearing Loop Program.

D. How does the equipment help with "quality of life"?

1. The hearing impaired person can relax back in their favorite couch (or easy chair) position and wirelessly listen to the TV through their hearing aids, or a set of wireless headphones in the case of a person that does not have or use hearing aids. Volume control is accomplished through your hearing aids or the provided headphones. (Received volume is independent of the TV volume setting.)
a. Hearing aids used in this fashion must contain a "Telephone Coil", sometimes simply called a "T-Coil". If you are unsure if they contain this coil, either refer to your hearing aid instruction booklet or query your hearing aid supplier.
b. An alternative to using hearing aids without a T-Coil is simply removing your hearing aids and use the headphones without the aids! The headphones usually provide sufficient volume control!!
c. Another alternative to the "no T-Coil" problem is to try the earphones directly over the hearing aids. If "feedback" (a whistling noise) is experienced, this alternative method will not work.
2. While a hard-of-hearing (HoH) person normally turns the TV audio a bit louder than the non-impaired person does, the non-impaired listener usually has to listen to a very loud audio!! Using this system the non-impaired listener can adjust the TV volume to his/her enjoyable level since our equipment operates "independently" of the TV volume settings!! The TV sound can even be muted without effecting the HoH user's volume settings !!

E. The major equipment used with our various system configurations.

Basic Induction Loop Equip Loop Pad

Left = Basic Loop Control Box.

Right = Induction Loop Pad.

Below = Induction Loop Receiver w/earphones.

Loop Receiver w/headphones

F. Our major configurations.

Reference the next figure - -

1. This figure depicts the most common setup, where the furnished 100 ft of loop wire is ran around the perimeter of the room containing the TV set. Of the three listening personnel shown, the gentleman on the left is using the "loop receiver w/headphones" with or without hearing aids (the receiver replaces the "t-Coil"). An advantage to this configuration is that one can place himself any place within the room, even walking around, and still receive excellent audio from the surrounding "loop".

2. The "LINE INPUTS" are connected to the "Audio Output" jacks of your TV set or other entertainment device.

3. "Mic 1" and "Mic 2" inputs may be used for devices as indicated in the figure.

4. Not shown is a much easier setup where the loop wire is not installed, but in its place the "Induction Loop Pad" is connected to the "LOOP CONNECTIONS" of the Microloop Box. The two wire cable of the Loop Pad is approximately 25 ft long so it will reach most practical locations in the room. The Pad is placed under a cushion of your couch or easy chair, or even on the floor beneath them. Again, the HoH person can use hearing aids with a T-Coil, or just the Induction Receiver w/headphones with or without hearing aids. The downside of this setup though is that the HoH listener can hear the TV audio only from his position over the Loop Pad. Movement just several feet to one side will cause the sound to fade out. Also, it's practical for only one listener to use this setup.

MicroLoop Setup

G. How do you get this equipment ??

This is the simplest part of the whole program. Just send me an email JrVCmdr@moph572.Org and we'll chat about the details. As to when the equipment is available will be discussed as we do not stock a warehouse full of it!! We order only what we need at the time. We may even arrange for a demo to see if it will work for your particular situation. A demo can be setup at my home location (I keep a coffee pot on the burner always) or at the Landmark Café. We have the "meeting room" at the Landmark set up with a "Hearing Loop" installed for our meetings, but can be utilized at most any time.

H. Questions?? Contact us.

If you have any questions concerning this program, or if you are interested in our equipment, contact us through either of the email address' below.

Yours in Patriotism,

EC (Whitey) Reese
Hearing Committee
Sierra Vista MOPH Chapter 572
EReese@moph572.Org
JrVCmdr@moph572.Org

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