Holland, Michigan, Audiologists' Reactions
to Loop Initiative
Holland, Michigan, recently became an extensively
looped community, with most major churches and public facilities
now equipped to broadcase sound directly to hearing aids.
Some local audiologists share their observations on the initiative.
The Holland loop initiative "is having
a profound influence on the people I see. Nearly everyone
I've seen who uses the loop system has had favorable results."
~James Welsh, MA, CCC-A, owner, Holland Hearing Center
"In 2002, our audiologic practice delivered
over 90 percent of all hearing aids with t-coils installed.
Our patients benefit because the person speaking is broadcast
directly to their ears. Our practice benefits from hugs, excited
stories and tears of happiness. People are often referred
for demonstration with the admonition, 'You have to hear it!'
Never in my audiology career has something so simple helped
so many people at so little cost." ~Jerry Owens, MA,
CCC-A, former owner, Lakeshore Hearing Centers, Holland, MI
"Audio coils transform hearing aids into
'personal communication systems,' reducing the stigma of hearing
loss and replacing it with successful and less stressful communication
between patients and their families and friends. I am glad
to be a part of an initiative that makes such a significant
difference in someone's ability not only to communicate, but
to participate!" ~Karen Van Doorne, MA, CCC-A, FAAA,
former owner, K. A. Van Doorne & Associates, Zeeland, MI