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Churches Work to Help Their Congregations Hear
July 10, 2014
Source: Hearing Planet
Many of the hearing aids on the market today feature technology that allows the user to stream wireless audio from their personal electronic devices, such as TVs, smart phones, and mp3 players.
These features are a great help when the user is at home, but there is another feature that often flies under the radar that offers similar assistance in many public places, such as churches, libraries, concert halls, etc.
This technology, known as a hearing loop, works with hearing aids that contain a telecoil (sometimes called a T-coil or induction coil). More and more public places are installing hearing loops. The hearing loop is literally a loop of wire that goes around a room (generally not anywhere visible) that is connected to the sound system or public address system in that room. The loop is able to take the audio signal from the sound system and transmit it electromagnetically to hearing aids that contain a telecoil.
Churches are among the many places where you might find a telecoil. This feature has allowed many church-goers to participate in the service when they were previously left in the dark, so to speak.
As Father Jacob Runyon told Todays Catholic News, “There are two real benefits to the system. It helps people hear better. Any kind of big space can have echoes. I have already heard from people that they can hear more clearly. The second benefit is they use their own equipment. They have their own hearing aids.”
In order to hear the audio coming from the hearing loop, the individual just needs to switch their hearing aid to the telecoil setting. Many hearing aids come equipped with telecoils, but there are a lot of people who dont understand how to use them or dont take full advantage of the benefits they can offer.
You can use this Assistive Listening Device Locator to find locations in your area that contain hearing loops at http://aldlocator.com/.
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