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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
auditoriums
Transient venues: Drive through stations,
ticket windows
Airports, train stations
Home TV rooms
Future venues: Offices, cars, phone enhancements

 

 

 

 


Why are assistive listening systems needed?

It's wonderful that churches, schools, and business have made themselves accessible to the visible minority of people in wheelchairs. For less money, they can also make themselves optimally accessible to the large but largely invisible minority of people with hearing loss--some 36 million Americans according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. About 1 in 4--some 8.4 million--have hearing aids, a number that would surely increase if hearing aids could double as wireless, customized loudspeakers.

In most places, hard of hearing people hear the broadcast sound, but only after it has traveled some distance from a loudspeaker, reverberated off walls, and gotten mixed with other room noise. Induction loop systems take sound straight from the source and deliver it right into the listener's head. It's as if one's head was located in the microphone, or inches from a television's loudspeaker--without extraneous noise, or blurring of the sound with distance from the sound source.