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Hearing Loops

What is a Hearing Loop System?

A hearing loop system is an Assistive Listening System (ALS) that transfers sound-from a microphone or TV-directly to your hearing device or cochlear implant, via a tiny and inexpensive telecoil (t-coil) receiver.

Put another way, a looping system uses an electromagnetic field to deliver sound directly to certain types of hearing devices.

Some Benefits of Hearing Loop Systems

  • Works with your existing hearing aids—no extra purchases or devices required
  • Delivers customized sound specific to the requirements of your own hearing loss
  • Eliminates background noise
  • Reduces annoying wall bounce or echo
  • Provides zero sound distortion

Hearing Loop System Installation

Installation costs start around $175.00 for a home entertainment center, and up to thousands of dollars for an auditorium or place of worship. Once installed, however, the number of those who can use a single looping system is endless. Some vendors offer portable loop systems that can be moved as needed, as well as neck loops to plug into a device for better listening.

What is a Telecoil?

A telecoil (also called a T-coil) is a small access button available on most hearing aids that allows the listener to link wirelessly into a facility’s sound system wherever a hearing loop has been installed.

How Many Hearing Aids have Telecoils?

Approximately 80% of hearing aids have telecoils. Sometimes the hearing aids’ telecoil has not been “enabled” in the manufacturer’s software. Ask your audiologist to do so.

How do I know my telecoil will work at a place that has a hearing loop installed?

The best way to confirm that the telecoil is “tweaked” for optimum reception is to link into the sound system when watching the television in one of Hearing Associates’ looped waiting rooms.

Why don’t all places with poor acoustics have hearing loops?

Hopefully, hearing loops will be more universal the more the hearing impaired public demands equal access. You can print off the loop advocacy card displayed on this page and take it to whatever place you visit where you wish you could hear better. Then contact us on how to get an estimate.

What Professional Organizations endorse the Placement of Hearing Loops?

  • The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) -- the nation’s largest organization representing people who have hearing loss.
  • The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) -- the professional association (similar to the AMA for physicians) comprised of audiologists who treat hearing loss.
  • SERTOMA—Hearing Charities of America – a charitable organization that advocates for people with hearing loss

Hearing Loop News & Articles:

  • “Let’s Loop America’s Worship Centers,” Technologies for Worship,” May, 2010.
  • “In The Loop,”Sound and Communications,” November, 2010
  • “A Hearing Aid that Cuts Out All the Clatter,” (Front Page Article) New York Times, October, 2011.
  • “ Sound Effects,“ National Geographic, April, 2012

National Places of Interest that are Looped:

  • Main Chamber Rooms of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Main Chamber Room of the Senate
  • Michigan State Sports Arena
  • New York City Subway Stations
  • Fox Valley Performing Arts Center
  • Multiple Airports, Tour buses, Senior Citizen Meeting Rooms, and Places of Worship

The following locations have a Loop installed:

  • Addolorata Villa Chapel, Wheeling
  • Admiral at The Lake, Chicago
  • Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hill
  • Baxter-Auditorium and Cafeteria, Deerfield
  • Calvary Church, Naperville
  • Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, Lake Villa
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Vernon Hills
  • Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry
  • Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest
  • City of Lake Forest Village Hall, Lake Forest
  • Community United Methodist, Naperville
  • City Hall, Lake Forest
  • Congregation Solel, Highland Park
  • Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville
  • Covenant Village of Northbrook, Northbrook
  • Culver’s Restaurant Drive-Through, Buffalo Grove
  • First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake
  • First Congregational Church of Western Springs, Western Springs
  • First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, Chicago Heights
  • First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Deerfield
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Lake Forest
  • First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Libertyville
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wildwood, Grayslake
  • First United Methodist Church, Decatur
  • First United Methodist Church, Evanston
  • First United Methodist Church, Waukegan
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
  • Friendship Village, Schaumburg
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Hinsdale
  • Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville
  • Kenilworth Union Church, Kenilworth
  • Lake County Federation of Teachers #504, Gurnee
  • Lake Forest Place – Vail Room, Lake Forest
  • Lake Forest Senior Center, Lake Forest
  • Landmark’s Renaissance Place Theatre, Highland Park
  • Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Lincolnshire
  • Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire
  • Marytown Chapel, Mundelein
  • McDonald’s Restaurant Drive-Through-Window, Wadsworth
  • Meijer Pharmacy, Orland Park
  • Memorial United Methodist Church, Zion
  • Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights
  • Northbrook First United Methodist Church, Northbrook
  • Northlight Theatre of North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
  • North Shore Congregational Israel, Glencoe
  • North Shore Senior Center, Northfield
  • North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield
  • Patty Turner Senior Center, Deerfield
  • Plymouth Place Senior Living, La Grange Park
  • Salem United Church of Christ, Oaklawn
  • Sedgebrook Retirement Community – Shoreline Lounge, Lincolnshire
  • St. Emily’s Catholic Church, Mount Prospect
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Lake Zurich
  • St. Gilbert Catholic Church, Grayslake
  • St. James Catholic Church, Arlington Heights
  • St. James Catholic Church, Highwood
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Libertyville
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Round Lake
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, La Grange
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Libertyville
  • St Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Sugar Grove (Under Construction)
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Waukegan
  • St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Morton Grove
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Mundelein
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Kenosha, WI
  • St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek
  • St. Paul’s United Church, Chicago
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights
  • St. Raymond’s de Penafort Parish, Mount Prospect
  • Theatre of Western Springs, Western Springs
  • Three Crowns Park, Evanston
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston
  • United Methodist Church of Libertyville, Libertyville
  • Vernon Area Public Library, Vernon Hills
  • Vi at the Glen—Senior Center, Glenview
  • Village of Northfield, Northfield
  • Westminster Place—Elliott Hall, Elliot Chapel, Assembly Hall; Evanston
  • Wilmette Library Auditorium
  • Winnetka Covenant Church, Winnetka

Personal Places of Interest that can be Looped:

Your TV Room, Your Bedroom, Your Car

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Patient Success Stories:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I was in church Sunday and was experimenting with my hearing aid, having almost given up hope of ever understanding a full sentence in the sanctuary. Suddenly, Bang! The loop worked perfectly, and from then on I understood every word spoken by anyone with a microphone. What a delight.
Allen Davies, Lake Forest, IL

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!”


Hearing Loop Videos

  • Hearing Loop Technology

    For more information watch one of these videos:

    • Hearing Loop Technology

    • Hearing Loop - A First Experience

    • Hearing - an aha moment with Chris from Green Bay

    • A Sound Investment #3

    • A Sound Investment #1

    • Lets Loop America! Share it!

    • City of Lake Forest - Hearing Loop Installed

  • Hearing Loop News & Articles

    Rhode Island joins Florida, Arizona, and New York in mandating Telecoil Education

    Four states now mandate that hearing healthcare providers must provide information about the dual versatility of the hearing aid’s telecoil to people with hearing loss.  Not only do hearing aid telecoils provide audible enhancement for telephones but, in addition, telecoils…Read more->

    Broadway Theatres Getting Induction Hearing Loops for Patrons with Hearing Loss

    Two Broadway Theatres have joined the ranks of performance venues nationwide that are accommodating the rising epidemic of patrons with hearing loss.  Induction hearing loops were installed at the Richard Roger’s Theatre and the Gershwin Theatre is in process.  See…Read more->

    Author, Katherin Bouton, posts on Bloomberg News about Enhanced Hearing via Hearing Loops

    Famed author, Katherine Bouton, recently attended the Third International Hearing Loop Conference in Eastbourne, U.K., and wrote about her ability to hear well via the hearing loop installed in the convention hall.  She further related how important it is to…Read more->

    Wisconsin Governor’s Council Advocates for Telecoil Inclusion on Hearing Aids

    The Wisconsin Governor’s Council for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind now advocates for automatic inclusion of the telecoil option (also known as a T-coil, T-switch or Audiocoil) on all hearing instruments sold in the state of Wisconsin unless omitted…Read more->

    Presbyterian Homes to Add Hearing Loops at Westminster Place in Evanston

    Linda Remensnyder, Au.D. presented on Induction Hearing Loops to the Women’s Board of Presbyterian Homes on 10/28/13 at Elliott Hall in Evanston.  The group is celebrating their upcoming Centennial and wishes to leave a legacy of access for residents residing…Read more->

    Cochlear Nucleus 6 to have a “Room Loop Booster”

    This is just what the Doctor ordered–Doctor of Audiology, that is– “Cochlear recognizes the importance of loop technology. That’s why we are proud to announce that in a couple of months we will be offering the industry’s first ever “/*Room Loop Booster*/.”…Read more->

    Charlie Rose interviews University of Iowa’s Ruth Bentler and gets an “Earfull”

    Charlie Rose interviewed esteemed Professor of Audiology, Ruth Bentler, Ph.D. on Monday night.  When Charlie asked Dr. Bentler why most people do not get help for their hearing loss by purchasing hearing aids, she responded that the reason was, in…Read more->

    Dr. Linda Remensnyder, Practice Founder, presents in Great Britain

    Linda S. Remensnyder, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, who founded Hearing Associates in 1980, presented in Eastbourne, U.K. at the Third International Hearing Loop Conference on October 6.  All countries were represented. Her speech, “By Reducing Listening Effort and Social Isolation,…Read more->

    Milwaukee’s Intermodal AMTRAK Station to have Hearing Loop

    Per the Journal Sentinel on 8/29/13, Milwaukee’s new rail concouse, which will serve Amtrak passenger trains, will include hearing loop technology.  The loop technology “allows passengers with smart hearing aids to receive annoucements in the concourse”.  This new accommodation allows…Read more->

    Lake Forest City Hall gets Hearing Loop

    The first government office in Lake County just got looped.  The Council Chamber of Lake Forest’s City Hall joins multiple places of worship, three library auditoriums, two senior centers, two senior residence gathering rooms, the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and…Read more->