"Slowly the members of our congregation
have been updating their hearing aids and [in four months]
we've gone from one user originally to over
10 now. Several members have commented on the clarity and
ease of use."
~MW, Grand Rapids, MI
Churches, mosques, and synogogues are an ideal site for loop
systems. "Few hard of hearing people elect the hassle
and embarrassment of special receivers and headsets. They
prefer what's now available in most British and Scandinavian
places of worship--having customized sound broadcast directly
through their hearing aids. . . ." For more about looping
worship spaces, see this recent interview (PDF), and visit here (PDF) and here
(PDF) (or see here
for an earlier article). Read one worshiper's response published in The Banner,
January, 2004, with permission (PDF).
"Loop systems are preferred for
houses of worship because personal receivers and especially
headphones are often a problem. There is good evidence that
many people do not extend themselves to identify their need,
collect personal receivers ahead of time, and wear rather
noticeable headsets. Such receivers are always required
for FM and infrared systems."
Below are a few examples of successfully looped facilities.
See lists of looped churches in Holland and adjacent Zeeland, Michigan.
Here are sample ways to introduce loop systems in a church
bulletin or newsletter. Read a one-page synopsis from Reformed Worship.
Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona, Scotland, and loop sign
Canterbury Cathedral and loop sign
"The whole of the church is served by a hearing
loop. Users should turn their hearing aid to the
setting marked T."
~ The first sentence of Westminster
Abbey's program for the 50th anniversary celebration
of the Queen's coronation, 2003.
Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle, England,
and loop sign
St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church
Minster, Kent, England