With the flip of the hearing aid’s telecoil switch, any sound distance between a speaker on a podium and the listener in that auditorium is eliminated, allowing the hearing aid user to hear the speaker clearly and without background noise.
Welcome to this hearing loop information website
For many, hearing aids, no matter how new the hearing aid or CI technology, how well they were fitted and no matter how well they work in quiet and intimate situations, do not provide effective assistance when listening from a distance, both in quiet and in noise. This is not the fault of the technology of the hearing aid – this is due to the physics of sound and often due to the very nature of hearing loss. That is where hearing loops via the telecoils in hearing aids can help.
Want to start a hearing loop initiative in your community?
Watch an on-line webinar here. Don't forget to turn on the captions!
Useful links to help you loop your community:
For a handout on how to procure a hearing loop for your facility
For a Generic US Hearing Loop Specification
For a national list of theaters with hearing loops in place
For a national Assistive Listening Device Locator or to suggest a place that could benefit from a loop.
For my blog on hearing aid technology and looping questions
Read what users say about hearing loops
For a white paper on hearing loop technology: Click here or here.
YouTube Video Hearing Loop recordings: Out of the loop and In the Loop and for a recording in a church click here
For a list of hearing loops by state: Click here
Listen to NPR Radio program "All Things Considered": Click here
For questions about hearing loops: Dr. Juliette Sterkens
“My daughter is lying on my lap right now. We are watching "Cupcake Wars." In our "pre-loop" days, she sat apart from us all, about two feet in front of the TV, so that she could hear better. It's so much better with her on my lap! Thank you for helping to make our world better! "
To promote awareness and installation of hearing loops in Wisconsin and beyond.
A world where hearing loops systems are common place.