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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!”
For more information watch one of these videos:
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->
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->
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->
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->
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->
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 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->
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->
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->