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What is an Audio (or Hearing) Loop?

ResourcesA hearing loop in a room environment is simply a wire looped around the room with the ends of the wire attached to a special audio amplifier. The amplifier can be connected to a microphone, radio, home theatre system, TV or any sound system.This area can be as small as a living room sofa or be as large as a concert hall. The audio signal traveling through the wire creates an electromagnetic field around the wire. This magnetic field can be “heard” inside of the loop anywhere in the room with any hearing aid set to the “T” (telephone) position or other loop listener. Other room sounds and echoes are virtually eliminated due to the direct wireless connection to the audio signal carried in the loop wire from the audio source! Unlike headset listening, the sound heard is tuned to your personal settings. Sound clarity and speech intelligibility are greatly improved. Hearing and listening become more enjoyable, less tiring, less frustrating and helps you use your hearing aid far more.

Proper installation requires test equipment to ensure that the installation meets the requirements of the IEC60118-4 standard for audio loops to ensure sound clarity, sound volume and uniformity from one venue to the next.

Videos/Articles

Some other videos to watch.

What is a Hearing Loop– Getting started with the basics
How Loops Work– A primer on the science behind the system
Where Loops Work– Long list of assembly areas and buildings which benefit from hearing loops

Hearing Loop Resources

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians
Facebook
Hearing Loop – a not for profit informational website that's dedicated to looping America
Loops and Telecoils Forum – a Yahoo based forum dedicated to the use of telecoil technology. Share knowledge and get answers here.
HLAA– The Hearing Loss Association of America
Technology for Worship Magazine article on looping America’s worship centers.
Page 8 & 9 of the Living Church Magazine article about bringing people back to church who had left because they couldn’t hear.
How Loops Work– A primer on the science behind the system
What is a Hearing Loop– Getting started with the basics
Where Loops Work– Long list of assembly areas and buildings which benefit from hearing loops

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