Hearing Loop

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A wire that circles* a room and is connected to the sound system. The hearing loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the telecoil in a user’s hearing instruments.

Hearing loops can be permanently installed under the floor, in the ceiling, around a baseboard, or around an area in a room, or they can be temporarily placed around any area where people with hearing aids containing a telecoil might be.

There are also portable and permanently installed counter hearing loops.

In the United States, the preferred terminology is hearing loop vs. (audio frequency) induction loop. Rationale: 1) hearing loops are more user-friendly and more descriptive; 2) inductive loops are used to detect traffic and 3) IEC specification 60118-4 uses the term hearing loop.

*Depending on the room and design to meet the IEC standards, the wire may be configured in a snowman layout or phased array. See hearing loop diagrams.

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