Learn how hearing loop systems can help you hear. Want to learn more?
Contact Fox Valley Hearing Center at 920.267.4071
Hearing aid technology has truly advanced an incredible amount. Hearing aids are smaller than ever before, and work more effectively than ever before. However, no matter how sophisticated your hearing technology, there are still some listening situations where you may still encounter significant challenges hearing and understanding. Churches with high ceilings, noisy ballgames, and any place you are trying to hear a signal from a significant distance can still be difficult to hear in, even with the best hearing technology.
What is a Hearing Loop System?
Hearing Loops, along with a pair of well fit hearing aids, can change these situations and make them easier for you instead of harder. Hearing aids that are equipped with a T-coil, also known as a telecoil, can allow the user to pick up sound from an installed hearing loop. The hearing loop takes the signal from the sound source (frequently a microphone or movie soundtrack) and sends it directly into the hearing aid via the t-coil. The loop signal then eliminates the background noise in the environment and helps the person hear the looped signal over all the other sounds in the environment.
The Major Advantage of a Hearing Loop System
One of the major advantages of a hearing loop is that it is truly universal technology. It does not matter what brand your hearing aid is. If you have a telecoil, you can use a hearing loop. This is why loops are so successful for public areas–because they work universally for all hearing aids with telecoils.
How do you know if a business, church or any other location has a hearing loop system?
This sign is the international symbol that a hearing loop is installed in the area for people with hearing loss. You might see this sign at an airport, a museum, a church, or a movie theater. This sign indicates that information is being broadcast through the loop for people to pick up with their hearing technology on the t-coil setting. A majority of hearing aids sold today have a telecoil installed in them. If you are not sure if your hearing aid has a telecoil, you can ask your provider and find out.
For a more detailed review of hearing loops refer to HearingLoop.org or visit www.loopwisconsin.com.
To be effective, hearing loops have to meet the IEC 60118-4 standard and the telecoil in your hearing aids have to be activated and properly programmed. Contact the audiologists at Fox Valley Hearing Center for more information by calling 920-267-4071.
Hearing Loop Locations in Wisconsin
Want to know if your church or favorite venue offers a hearing loop? Click here for a complete list of loops in Wisconsin.
Hearing Loop Testimonials
“Having the speaker’s presentation going right into your hearing aids improves the quality of what you hear, what you retain and the amount of energy you expend to hear. I didn’t have to be in the first or second row to hear. I didn’t miss 30 or 40 percent of the presentation. I could experience what a normal hearing person could experience.”
Rosemary Smith – Dean of the College of Nursing at UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh Convention Center, WI Fall 2010
“I used to clap when others clapped. I used to laugh when others laughed though I usually didn’t hear what it was about. Now I hear every word in church. I absolutely love the hearing loop.” – Dorothy Simons
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Oshkosh, WI
“Juliette: I can’t convey in words how I felt this morning in church. I heard every word, no matter where the clergy stood or sat. What a thrill to finally hear a sermon. And it was clear as a bell…no echo, no reverberations. I am so grateful to you. You have given me such a great gift and I am so grateful to you, and God!” – Sincerely, Barb
St Thomas Episcopal Church, Neenah/Menasha, WI
October 3, 2010
“I am a member of Algoma Blvd. Church. What I experienced last Sunday was nothing short of a miracle. For the very first time in many, many years I was able to hear every single word said in church along with every note of music. I cannot express my thankfulness in words. It was truly one of my most memorable moments in my life and I felt “normal.”
Thank you.” – Chris Prust – Oshkosh
Algoma Blvd United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI