The Case for Hearing Loops
Imagine if hearing aids could serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound directly inside the wearer’s ears. These in-ear loudspeakers could be used in auditoriums, home TV rooms, places of worship, and other settings where crowds gather to listen. And they could open up a whole new world to people with hearing loss.
That new world is not the stuff of science fiction. It’s possible right here, right now, through the technology of hearing loops—which we proudly offer at Fearings.
What Are Hearing Loops?
Hearing loop, also known as an induction loops or audio loops, provide a magnetic, wireless signal. This signal is picked up by cochlear implants and hearing aids when these are set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting. They do a fantastic job of helping hearing-aid users hear speech clearly and without background noise.
“My daughter is lying on my lap right now. We are watching ‘Cupcake Wars.’ In our ‘pre-loop’ days, she sat apart from us all, about two feet in front of the TV, so that she could hear better. It’s so much better with her on my lap! Thank you for helping to make our world better!"
—From a letter to leading doctor of audiology Juliette Sterkins (Source: HearingLoop.org)
What Is An Induction Loop And How Does It Work? How Do Hearing Loops Work?
The hearing loop system consists of three things:
- a microphone
- an amplifier
- an induction loop
The microphone picks up the spoken word. The amplifier processes the signal and sends it a wire placed around the perimeter of a room or sanctuary. This wire is the induction loop, and it acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
When a hearing aid user selects the ‘T’ setting; he or she can pick up the sounds spoken into the PA system’s microphone instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This results in improved speech understanding because the listener receives a clear signal without any background noise.
Ready to Learn More? If you’re interested in equipping your facility with a hearing loop system, look to Fearings. We can make it happen. With hearing loops, we can help make your place much more comfortable and accessible to people with hearing loss.
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