What is A Hearing Loop and
How Does it Work?
Hearing Loops are the preferred assistive listening technology for people with hearing loss. At the push of a button, the majority of hearing aids and all cochlear implants can wirelessly receive the sound from a looped venue that has a hearing loop installed via it’s internal t-coil or telecoil.
Hearing loops are inconspicuous and provide superior sound quality; the hearing aid user employs his/her own hearing aids. There is no need to pick up or wear a receiver or headset, thus eliminating hygienic concerns. Hearing loop systems use a universal frequency that any telecoil equipped instrument can pickup. Therefore, a hearing loop system is a most cost effective solution not only for the hearing aid user, but for the venue as well. Fewer headsets required means less maintenance issues for the venue.
Listeners use hearing instruments they own where the sound is optimized for their personal hearing loss and needs.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that Assistive Listening Devices must be provided in public assembly areas where audio is integral to the space. However, it does not mandate which technology must be provided. Hearing loop systems are preferred by users with T-coil enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has adopted the IEC Standard for Hearing Loop Installation and will make important improvements for Americans with smart hearing aids and cochlear implants when visiting public venues and spaces with the technology.
ANSI A117.1 is scheduled to to into effect in December 2014 at which time all Hearing Loop system installations will be required to meet the requirements of IEC 60118-4. Today, IEC 60118-4 serves as the reference for performance for Hearing Loop systems and sets out requirements and test methods for any Hearing Loop system. It has changed the way that Hearing Loop systems are specified, designed, commissioned, and maintained. ANSI A117.1 will serve as the mandate for performance when Hearing Loop systems are installed as the assistive listening solution.
Why Choose Florida
Hearing Loops, LLC?
Joseph Dashiell formed Florida Hearing Loops, LLC in North Miami, FL to install hearing loop systems in a variety of venues throughout Florida that help people with hearing loss to hear better. Joe is an experienced, trained, licensed and insured professional hearing loop installer who has lived with a severe hearing loss for decades. He is personally knowledgeable about and experienced in using and installing assistive listening solutions for people living with hearing loss.
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Hearing Loops help hearing aid users hear speech clearly and without background noise
A hearing loop, also known as an Induction loop or Audio Frequency Induction Loop System (AFILS), provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.
The loop system 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 induction loop, a wire placed around the perimeter of a room or sanctuary to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
When a hearing aid user selects the ‘T’ setting; he or she can pick up the sounds spoken into the PA system’s microphone instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This results in improved speech understanding because the listener receives a clear signal without any background noise.