People with hearing aids sometimes struggle to hear well in public settings. Airports, busy office settings or movie theaters can become frustrating because of all of the background noise that can interfere with your hearing.
Enter Loop Systems
Some public venues have introduced a technology called loop systems. Loop systems involve a loop of insulated copper wire that is installed around a space and generates a magnetic field. This magnetic field allows sound to be transmitted directly to cochlear implants or hearing aids without wires or headphones.
This technology is available to people who have hearing aids or cochlear implants with T-coils inside of the processor. It allows the user to simply press a button to wirelessly connect instantly to the sound system of the venue.
If you have visited a venue that has loop systems available, you have probably realized how amazing and life-changing this technology can be, making it easier to seamlessly integrate your hearing devices into the audio system for a more convenient, easy listening experience.
The advantages of loop systems are numerous, including:
- Flexibility for users to move around as needed
- Improving signal noise and reducing background noise interference
- Cumbersome headsets or ear phones are not required
- Allows people to use their current hearing technology that has already been customized to their own hearing requirements
- Works with any PA system, TV, radio signals, smartphones and tablets
- Provides direct, clear sound without needing any other devices
- Users are able to manage their own hearing needs independently
- Discreet and allows users to join group settings without sticking out
- Free for users
Europe has been using loop technology for over 70 years, and there are practically no downsides other than a small initial start-up cost. Until recently, the hearing aid technology had not fully caught up to the loop system technology in the US, so many venues never took the initiative to install the systems.
Now more than two thirds of hearing aid and cochlear implant models are compatible with loop systems, so it is now becoming more common to see this technology available in public settings.
Now that awareness of loop system technology is increasing in the US, advocacy has arisen for more of these systems to be installed, and it is making a difference. Loop systems are being installed in public and private venues across the country, with New York and Michigan leading this movement. Hundreds of loop systems have been installed in public venues such as sporting arenas, concert halls and movie theaters in the last 5 years alone. Even churches and other private spaces are installing this technology and experiencing how powerful it can be.
Be on the lookout for loop technology in the public spaces you frequent and become familiar with how it works and how you can take advantage of this amazing service. You can also suggest loop technology be implemented in the places you frequent by contacting the owners of the public and private spaces near you. And if you have older model hearing aids, make sure you upgrade to the models that can help you take advantage of this free, amazing service.
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