A hearing loop consists of a special loop amplifier and wire that connect to an audio source and transmit sound to the t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. The wire is “looped” around the listening area. Small hearing loops may be used in the home, office or meeting rooms. Larger loop systems may be used in places of worship, auditoriums and theaters. Individual inductive neck-loops can be worn around the neck to connect to personal amplifiers, MP3 players, telephones, computers, and other audio sources.
Home Loop Systems
Hearing loops can be used at home for TV viewing. A wire is installed around the perimeter of the listening area. Anyone within the listening area can simply turn his/her hearing aids to the “t-coil” program. The TV sound will be transmitted directly into the hearing aids! Background noise is reduced and the volume control on the hearing aid can be used to adjust the volume (or it can be adjusted on the loop amplifier). Comprehension is improved as the sound is processed by the hearing aids according to each individual’s hearing loss. Many people can use the hearing loop at the same time and headphones are not needed! Other viewers can watch the TV at their preferred volume or the TV can even be set to “mute.”
Our hearing loop installer, Larry Dole, has installed loops in homes, churches, auditoriums, and rooms used for yoga in a health club. We feel that loops are so effective that loops and the installation is included in all hearing aids from The Hearing Solution.
Jolie and Alfred Valerio had the following to say about their loop. “We thought we were hearing the television pretty well with our hearing aids but the difference in clarity of television with the loop is incredible.”
For more information about hearing loops:
Great Demonstrations! Hear what a difference a loop makes:
Hearing Loops: A Demonstration – by Richard Einhorn (in a subway station)
Hearing Loop Demonstration – by Juliette Sterkens, AuD (in a church)