Loop Devices Broadcast Directly to T-Coil Hearing Aids

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Explorer Steve describes a hearing assist system for large spaces which works with the T-Coil feature in many hearing aids to broadcast directly from a microphone to the wearer's T-Coil enabled hearing aid.

Members ask questions, and some who wear hearing aids tell the group about their experiences with sound amplification equipment and how to learn (standardized signage is common) if the equipment is present in a venue they are visiting.

Steve's main points include: 

  • A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting. 
  • The hearing loop consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area i.e. a meeting room, a church, a service counter etc to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.

 

 

 

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Key words: 
Loop, audio induction loop, sound system, T-coil, telecoil

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