Contacta names Amber Technology as exclusive distributor for Australia and New Zealand

Contacta are delighted to announce their new exclusive distributor for Australia and New Zealand; Amber Technology.

Amber Technology is one of Australia’s largest and most respected distributors of high technology equipment solutions to a diverse audience that includes commercial installation providers, professional broadcast, film, recording, live production and entertainment markets. With offices and representatives in all major cities, Contacta is delighted to work with Amber Technology in supplying a range of hearing loop and speech transfer systems including the powerful and dynamic HLD7 hearing loop driver.

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What is a hearing loop?

You may recognise a hearing loop sign, but how do they work?

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss*. That’s one in every six of the population!

1 in 6 people

A wide variety of hearing aids are available both privately and through the NHS. Hearing aids allow users to hear clearly, sometimes for the first time! However, in noisy environments such as the supermarket checkout, hearing aids amplify all sound, making it difficult to distinguish speech, music or conversation from the background noise.

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Are care homes ready for the new NHS standard?

By 31st July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must conform to a new Accessible Information Standard.

This standard aims to benefit those with a disability or sensory loss by telling organisations how they should provide support to enable effective, accurate dialogue with disabled residents or patients. In order to comply, a means of communicating with those with hearing loss must be in place in care homes.

For those with hearing loss, this is a breakthrough. Hearing loss is a major public health issue in the UK, affecting a third of over 65 year olds. They receive a lower standard of healthcare across the board when compared to the general population, with a study having found that higher levels of hearing loss were linked to lower levels of patient activation.

So what should care homes do?

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