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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?

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

 

 

 

 

How can I find hearing loop vendors or installers?
Several American companies are listed below. (Canadian visitors may wish to contact Bell Aliant Pioneers, Better Hearing Solutions, or Advanced Listening Systems. U.K. visitors may wish to visit the Action for Hearing Loss shop.)

Note: hearingloop.org is a nonprofit, informational resource. It has nothing to sell and has no financial interest in any loop product.

For a guide to purchasing a hearing loop for your facility authored by national loop advocate/educator, Dr. Juliette Sterkens, see here (PDF).

Hearing loops should meet the international induction loop standard for strong, even coverage, and the absence of interference (see here, here, and here for the technical standard that any loop installer should verify for you). You should ask potential installers whether they offer engineering expertise to meet this standard and will guarantee that they have done so. This will prevent dissatisfaction with uneven, poor quality installations and will delight users with clear, strong input wherever they sit.

American companies whose business focus is selling loop products include the following. (The Hearing Loss Association of America now also offers a listing of hearing loop vendors here.)

Hearing Loop Products
Vendor self-description: "Manufactures commercial and professional products for large venues and customer-facing applications."
Hearing Loop Systems
Vendor self-description: "Nationwide loop system design and installation: Churches, airports, classrooms, pharmacies, meeting rooms."
Listen Technologies
Vendor self-description: "North American distribution for Ampetronic. Design, specify and supply induction loop systems."
LoopAmerica
Vendor self-description: "Online source for residential, commercial, and portable hearing loop systems."
Oval Window Audio
Vendor self-description: "Longtime American manufacturer of commercial and residential induction loop assistive listening products."
Phonic Ear
A Danish manufacturer of home hearing loop equiment sold by various American dealers.
Pure Direct Sound
Vendor self-description: "Home loop kits, commercial loop amplifiers, plus other products to assist hearing."

Prominent equipment manufacturers
(These companies can direct you to recommended installers of their products. For courtesy listings of some firms dedicated to loop installation, see below.)

Ampetronic, a British company whose products are in use worldwide, with marketing in the USA by Listen Technologies.

Bo Edin, a Swedish loop manufacturer of Univox products for home (including a simple chair pad system) and institutions, via Pure Direct Sound and Hearing Loop Products, and via other vendors, including the Center for Hearing Loss Help and TecEar.

Contacta Inc., a new but technically experienced American company manufacturing a line of loop products, including a new home TV listening unit, as a joint venture with Britain's Contacta Ltd. In the Midwest, Contacta products are sold, with engineering support, by Hearing Loop Systems.

Echo MegaLoop, a British product distributed in the USA by HARC.

inLOOP, an American manufacturer of home and institutional loop systems. inLOOP's products are distributed through hearing centers by Wireless Hearing Solutions, sold direct via the internet at American Made Loops, and installed through a national group of trained installers supported by American Loop Services.

LoopAmerica, an American manufacturer, which has developed digital loop drivers for both large area and home applications.

Oval Window Audio, a longtime American manufacturer of a full line of loop equipment. Oval Window products are sold and installed by contractors and dealers across North America.

Vivid Acoustics, a British manufacturer of the portable and countertop Soundshuttle and the portable Clipboard, distributed in the USA by Pure Direct Sound and others.

For catalogs and stores that sell other assistive listening devices, including phones, personal listening systems, and TV headsets, click here.

Directory of U.S. local and regional firms dedicated to hearing loop installation (under development; additions welcome). To ensure a quality result, ask installers if they understand and will certify that the installation meets IEC standards (see here and here for samples). Most firms are willing to work regionally beyond their city.

hearingloop.org cannot identify all A-V firms that do loop installations, nor can it evaluate whether any firm is trained to do and verify installations that meet the accepted international standard for strength and evenness of coverage. Nevertheless, in response to many requests, this courtesy listing identifies local companies whose business focus is the design and installation of hearing loops, and which offer a supporting website. We also suggest asking the equipment vendors for contact information for their loop installers in these and other local areas.