How Does a Hearing Loop System Operate

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hearing loops systems provide a solution to this disadvantage, allowing hearing aid users to easily distinguish the sounds they wish to focus on.

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How Does a Hearing Loop System Operate

  1. 1. Austin Hearing Services | (512) 851-0871 | http://austinhearingservices.com Discover more great content here: http://twitter.com/Austin_Hearing http://www.facebook.com/AustinHearingServices http://www.youtube.com/user/hearingaustintx http://pinterest.com/austinhearing How Does a Hearing Loop System Operate? Hearing aids are incredibly effective at improving a person’s ability to hear, but when worn in a crowded atmosphere they can easily overwhelm the wearer with unnecessary noise. Concert halls, auditoriums, theaters, and places of worship are particularly problematic for the hard of hearing. Fortunately, hearing loops systems provide a solution to this disadvantage, allowing hearing aid users to easily distinguish the sounds they wish to focus on. Hearing loop systems work together with the telecoil feature found in many hearing aids. The original purpose of these telecoils was to work with the magnetic fields created by telephone hardware. This allowed the wearer to easily listen to telephone conversations without distraction from background noise. These same telecoils can be used by today’s hearing loop systems, which create magnetic fields on a much larger scale. The first part of a hearing loop system is an audio input, often from a PA system or a dedicated microphone feed. This audio input is routed to a hearing loop amplifier, which then feeds a current along a cable or series of cables that have been installed around the room. If the technicians who install the hearing loop system do their jobs correctly, anyone wearing a telecoil-equipped hearing aid will be able to hear the transmitted sounds clearly wherever they are in the room, without any “drop-out” or “dead spots”. While newer technology such as FM transmission neck loops are becoming more established among many establishments, hearing loop systems can still offer a number of advantages to the hard of hearing. These systems are very convenient for
  2. 2. Austin Hearing Services | (512) 851-0871 | http://austinhearingservices.com Discover more great content here: http://twitter.com/Austin_Hearing http://www.facebook.com/AustinHearingServices http://www.youtube.com/user/hearingaustintx http://pinterest.com/austinhearing patrons whose hearing aids have a telecoil feature, allowing them to visit any properly equipped venue without worrying about their ability to hear. They also provide a simpler, more discreet listening experience, since they don’t require the user to wear any additional equipment. Though no hearing technology is perfect, hearing loop systems offer a huge service to many people, giving many listeners a much more enjoyable experience.

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