Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the Web. Hearing Loops are quickly becoming the hearing assistive listening system of choice for bringing clear sound to people with hearing loss: From schools and houses of worship to concert venues, assisted living facilities, municipal buildings and increasingly in transportation environments. Hearing Loops are a consumer preferred solution and the only system that is directly hearing aid compatible, does not require the use of separate receiver for the users most likely to avail themselves of assistive technology and will make facilities seamlessly hearing friendly. This system has the potential to bring many of 36+ million people with hearing loss back to theatre, houses of worship and community activities, but also enhances face-to-face customer service at ticket windows and service desks particularly if these areas are in locations with background noise. Anywhere where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, hearing loops can offer seamless assistive listening as mandated by the American with Disabilities Act.
The Webinar will explain hearing loss, the needs of people with hearing loss and why hearing assistive technology is needed even if a person uses hearing aids or cochlear implants, the 2010 ADA-Communication Elements and Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) requirements, the international IEC 60118-4 Induction Hearing Loop Standard and how it relates to the telecoils in hearing aids. The advantages and disadvantages of the different hearing loop designs and installation techniques will be discussed as well as best practices in hearing loop procurement.