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Why are assistive listening systems needed?
Why are hearing loops the preferred assistive listening system?
What hearing aids can receive loop broadcasts?

What do loop systems cost? Who sells and installs them?

What are common concerns and FAQs?

Do you have a sound demonstration?

Churches and cathedrals
Theaters, courts, and
auditoriums
Transient venues: Drive through stations,
ticket windows
Airports, train stations
Home TV rooms
Future venues: Offices, cars, phone enhancements

 

 

 

 

  Houses of Worship

"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."
       ~
Rochester HLAA chapter

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


Westminster Abbey

"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