A hearing loop or audio frequency induction loop system, is wireless technology that sends an electromagnetic signal directly to an individual’s hearing aid like they have a little speaker in their ear.
Advantages To An Induction Loop System
- Very low equipment costs after installation
- Receivers not necessary, but can be available for those with out telecoils
- Easy operation
- Lasts forever
- Induction receivers are compatible with all loop systems
- Very unobtrusive with hearing aids and cochlear implants that have telecoils
- Good for TV, meetings, one-to-one conversations and in groups
- Allows mobility within looped area
Where Loop Systems Can Be Used
• Sports Arena • Concert Halls
• Colleges and Universities
• Cinemas • Theatre • Lecture Halls
• Conference Rooms • Medical Clinics
• Government Offices • Airports
• Receptions Areas • Libraries • Banks
• Ticket Booths • Court Rooms
• Hotel Lobbies
• Grocery/Retail Stores • Coffee Shops
How a hearing loop is applied
An induction loop cable is placed around the perimeter of a room and connected to an amplifier which processes the the signal from the microphone through the loop cable right to the individuals hearing aid. Consider it like a little speaker in their ear. The person’s hearing aid must be set to Telecoil or T-coil for them to access the loop.
What is a Telecoil?
A Telecoil or T-coil is a small copper wire located inside the hearing aid. It provides hearing aid compatibility with assistive listening devices such as the hearing loop. It is also compatible with FM systems and Infra-red technology.
T-coils receive the magnetic sound signal inside looped venues. Think of it as an antenna inside your hearing aid.