If you are dealing with possible hearing issues you may be wondering what hearing aids can offer. The answer is more than ever before!
Hearing aids make it easier to hear your loved ones, succeed in the workplace and interface with your TV and smartphone. In addition to background noise reduction and tinnitus masking features most hearing aids are now compatible with hearing loops.
The issue is that many people don’t understand what exactly is a hearing loop and how it works. For many hearing aid users, once you understand this technology, you most likely will not want to go without it.
What Is A Hearing Loop?
A hearing loop, also referred to as an induction loop, is a type of sound system that can help people with hearing aids hear clearly for public presentations, movies and performances.
A hearing loop is usually used in a large public auditorium, theater, concert hall, place of worship or public transit center. When a hearing loop is installed it can send sound information from a sound system, directly to your hearing aid, ensuring that you can hear information clearly amongst commotion and background noise. You won’t have to struggle to hear an announcement or wonder what was being said on stage, because the information is delivered clearly to your ears.
How Do Hearing Loops Work?
A hearing loop is a thin wire, usually installed in a public place along the ceiling or floor. It emits a wireless signal, using electromagnetic energy, which can be picked up by a copper T-coil installed in hearing loop equipped hearing aids. It can send information from a PA system directly to your ears so you can listen without disruption or feedback.
The beauty of this technology is that anyone with a T-coil can access this feature making it possible to accommodate multiple people with different hearing impairments, simultaneously. This is a huge advantage for public settings that can be a nightmare for the hearing impaired.
Noisy traffic, or multiple people speaking can make it very difficult for even a seasoned hearing aid user to hear important information or the performance they intended on hearing. Hearing loops give hearing aid users an advantage to be able to truly be present for a movie, church service, performance or public speech.
T-coil Equipped Hearing Aids
It is important to remember that not all hearing aids come with a T-coil and without one you can not access this feature. When exploring your options around your hearing needs your audiologist will ask you about your lifestyle. These questions are to ascertain which features in hearing aids will be most useful for you.
T-coils really work for anyone who accesses public settings where information from a PA stereo is essential and the venue offers hearing loop accessibility. If you are a regular attendee of church, go to the theater or movie theater regularly or use public transportation, then hearing aids with T-coils will make these experiences much easier. T-coils can be included in most styles of hearing aids, so when you’re selecting your new devices, request for the inclusion of a T-coil.
How To Use A Hearing Loop
The use of a T-coil is rather simple. If a venue is equipped with an induction loop all you have to do is turn on the T-coil setting on your hearing aids to access public information without interference and disturbances.
These days, to accommodate the growing number of people with hearing disabilities, induction loops are becoming a standard of any ADA equipped public space. Once you have turned on your T-coil you can tap into the induction loop, amplifying the specific sounds in which you struggle with through your hearing aids. You can control your volume personally while enjoying background noise reduction, so you can focus on the audio you came to hear.
Ask About Hearing Loops
Hearing loops are becoming a standard of venues, theaters, and public transit stations across the country. With a hearing loop you can enjoy access to public events that you may have struggled to participate with in the past.
The hearing loop creates accessibility for many different levels of hearing loss making it a beautiful and communal way to include many people in a public space. Contact us to find out more about hearing loops and join the movement for greater access for hearing aid users.