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Why are hearing loops 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?

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

 

 

 

 

 
Objectives and Strategies for Holland-Zeeland Loop Initiative

OBJECTIVE #1: To make Holland-Zeeland a model looped community

  • Facilitating and supporting churches, schools, and other nonprofit institutions in installing induction loop systems
  • Motivating and facilitating businesses to install loop systems
  • Informing individuals about home loop systems for home T.V. rooms
  • Motivating audiologists and hearing specialists to equip people with T-coils in their hearing aids.

Strategies:

  • Invitations about a community-wide informational meeting were sent to 102 churches, plus schools, courts, city venues (city halls, libraries), theaters, corporations, fast food restaurants, banquet facilities, banks, and retirement homes. (See sample letter.)
  • Two-page explanation of loop systems accompanying letters of invitation.
  • Letter and a follow-up letter to audiologists/hearing specialists.
  • Grant support to nonprofit organizations via Community Foundation, which is committed to funding $400 or 40 percent--whichever is greater.
  • Logistical support.
  • Introductory newspaper articles in the Holland Sentinel and The Grand Rapids Press; Follow-up articles announced grant support, with reminder of informational meeting.
  • Segment on local T.V. station.
  • Radio interviews on local morning talk shows.
  • Development of a loop system sign to indicate looped facilities.

OBJECTIVE #2: To encourage other communities, regionally and nationally, to become looped

  • By becoming a successful demonstration model
  • By publicizing our implementation and results

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