Where to get personal ALS equipment

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chrisde
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Where to get personal ALS equipment

Postby chrisde » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:03 pm

I have had several people in my stake ask if it is possible to purchase their own pocket-size receiver (like a Comtek) for the hearing impaired. It seems that I have read that it is possible. How and where would I get this information and how much would this equipment cost?

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Dan

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Re: Where to get personal ALS equipment

Postby russellhltn » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:34 pm

Sure, it's possible. But they might want to re-think that when they see the price tag: B&H Photo

Or maybe they just want their own ear piece.

An alternative is to look at getting enough equipment via FM and assigning it to the members long-term.
Have you searched the Wiki?
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Re: Where to get personal ALS equipment

Postby karenannhamilton » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:12 am

On the tech broadcast http://broadcast.lds.org/ICS/techtalk/2013-02-01.html at timestamp 43:55 they discuss the ALS system. They say members can purchase at a special LDS price through Comtek.com. I am looking into it. My father-in-law wants his own receiver and earbuds.
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Re: Where to get personal ALS equipment

Postby RyanGard1977 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:54 pm

Here's the thing with the COMTEK devices- They are for the most part, only tied into the Chapel sound system. In most cases the antenna for the COMTEK broadcaster is in the chapel as well or nearby, which means you walk to another part of the building, the signal will not be present, or be so poor, you wont hear it. Also- The COMTEK broadcaster is only tied into the chapel sound system. Meaning only the chapel feed will be broadcasted over it. Not the feeds in the Primary, RS, or Cultural Hall. Some members may be confused thinking that the church provided comtek device will provide audio so long as they are in a room like previously mentioned that have a microphone feed.

If they are looking for devices similar to COMTEK but for which they can use in other areas of the building, just as means of being able to hear more clearly, then here is a basic hearing aid device that I myself use. Because it is a general amplifier, it picks up all the sound so not just that of the speaker. But It works decent enough for me, as I am half deaf.

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/personal-sound-amplifier


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