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Why are assistive listening systems needed?
Why are hearing loops the preferred assistive listening system?
What hearing aids can receive loop broadcasts?

What do loop systems cost? Who sells and installs them?

What are common concerns and FAQs?

Do you have a sound demonstration?

Churches and cathedrals
Theaters, courts, and
Transient venues: Drive through stations,
ticket windows, etc.
Airports, train stations
Home TV rooms
Future venues: Offices, cars, phone enhancements






People with hearing loss can dream of a future when hearing aids might also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound from inside their ears. They can dream of communities where worship places, auditoriums, business windows, and home TV rooms all broadcast their sound through these in-the-ear loudspeakers. Thanks to the refinement of "induction loop" systems--which magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils (T-coils)--that future can be now!

Experience hearing loop sound demonstrations and see a child's reaction to a home TV room loop.

Essays that explain and advocate for hearing loops: Scientific American, 2013, and the Wall Street Journal, 2015 (Also, printable PDF).

For 2-minute animated explanations of hearing loops, see here and here.

Evidence about how people with hearing loss respond.

See Hearing Loss Association of America's hearing loop information here and here.


What are common concerns and FAQs about loop systems?
Fourteen frequently asked questions

What hearing aids have telecoils and can receive loop broadcasts?
Most hearing aids and all new cochlear implants now come with inexpensive telecoil sensors...more

Why are assistive listening systems needed?...more What do loop systems cost? And where can we order one?...more  

Why are hearing loops the preferred assistive listening system?
Unlike other assistive listening systems, loop systems broadcast to hearing aids...more

Might loops soon be replaced by other technology? See here.

Is there a handout explanation? Yes, the Sarasota Hearing Loss Association offers this for staff and this for patrons.

Where are looped venues?
See here for an interactive national locator for specific hearing assistance technologies, including loops.
   See here for looped U.S. theaters/performing arts centers.
   See here for lists of looped facilities in specific states and cities. 
   See fifteen states that have mandated telecoil counseling as part of hearing aid dispensing, and more are in the works.
What assistive listening does the Americans for Disabilities Act require? ADA General Guidelines.

Is there a hearing loops discussion board?
Yes, here. Want advice on starting a loop initiative? See here and here.

What states mandate counseling hearing patients about telecoil technology that can connect them directly with assistive listening systems? See here. Where are local hearing loop campaigns?
Without including loop advocacy by effective individuals, here are 39 city or state hearing loop initiatives, with links (courtesy Stephen Frazier).
Might Bluetooth be a more effective assistive listening technology?
See here and (for more information) here, and here.

How might I introduce hearing loops to a facility?
See sample letter (courtesy hearingloss.org).


Britain's Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now Action for Hearing Loss) has noted that "Induction loops are vital to ensure accessibility for hearing aid wearers."
More endorsements of hearing aid compatible assistive listening, and user testimonials.

Articles and Media:

Nontechnical information on hearing aid compatible assistive listening has been authored or produced by

  • The New York Times (2011, front page), Scientific American (2010), the Chicago Tribune (2010, front page), the American Psychological Association's magazine (2011), NPR's Science Friday (2010), All Things Considered (2011), the Hearing Journal (2012), The Washington Post (and here), National Geographic (2012), and the National Institutes of Health newsletter (2015).
  • Hearingloop.org creator, David Myers, in three dozen articles.
  • Eloquent first-person stories from musician Richard Einhorn, after experiencing a temporary Kennedy Center hearing loop, from Denise Portis, offering a first-person story, and from Chelle, describing her dramatic ear-opening experiences with hearing loops.
  • California audiologist Bill Diles, who describes how his installation of (now more than 2300) home TV room loops has benefitted his patients and his practice.
  • Sertoma, a national service organization which promotes hearing health through its 540 local clubs (much as Lions Clubs focus on vision), has launched a national campaign to introduce hearing loops to their communities. To support this effort, they, in 2012, created three 2-minute videos
  • American Academy of Audiology president, Dr. Patricia Kricos, on "Looping America," in the Academy's flagship magazine, Audiology Today (2010).
  • Juliette Sterkens, the Hearing Loss Association of America's national hearing loop advocate, answers questions and offers her occasional reflections. See her recap of the growing hearing loop movement.