Comparison of Different Assistive Listening Systems

from Assistive Listening Systems Quick Guide (1 page, pdf)

All Systems Need to Co-Exist

FM, infrared, and hearing loops all need to all co-exist. Each facility has different needs, with factors including indoors or outdoors? Permanent, portable, or temporary installation? Site assessment? Service counter or conference room? Users needs?

Users need to be able to navigate all systems, know before they go what to expect, and having well-maintained equipment to borrow.

It is critical that the needs of the users are heard and no one is left out.

Hearing Loop Advantages

A hearing aid compatible hearing loop system delivers sound that’s customized by one’s hearing aids for one’s own ears. It requires no fuss with extra equipment. And rather than plugging one’s ears, it allows use of a mic + telecoil (M/T) setting that enables one to hear the room conversation or the phone ringing. In public settings, their main advantage is their simplicity: people need only activate their telecoils. There’s no need to get up, seek out, and wear conspicuous equipment (which few people with hearing loss take the initiative to do). Additionally, the sound is contained in one’s ear, without bothering others nearby. There is no need to juggle between headsets and hearing aids (during, say, a worship service). And there are no hygienic concerns about putting in or on one’s ear what has been around others’ ears.