By patching telephone output into a home TV loop system,
people can enjoy dramatically increased comprehension--with
personalized sound broadcast to both ears--while talking naturally
on the phone, without any clumsy wires or headsets. This works
beautifully. Radio Shack offers a patch
cord (on Amazon.com) for recording conversations that can, instead,
be patched into a home or office loop amplifier. The Radio Shack cord has an on/off switch, so one needn't eavesdrop on others'
conversations while watching TV.
Thanks to his office loop system,
David Myers listens to a voice mail message broadcast
by his hearing aids.
The Radio Shack patch cord plugs into the wall and the telephone cord plugs into it. Its cord with jack then plugs into the Loop amplifier. Here's how the hook-up looks (courtesy Lou Touchette):
The Telelink adapter, available from Amazon, plugs into a corded telephone after the handset is disconnected. Then the handset cord plugs into the adapter. Like the other unit, a cord with jack plugs into the loop amplifier. It looks like this (courtesy Lou Touchette):
Loop technology similarly has potential office applications.
In individual offices, phone and computer audio output could
broadcast binaurally. In large conference rooms, mikes in
or on tables could broadcast through a room loop system to
attendees with hearing loss. Australian hard of hearing Prime
Minister John Howard had his cabinet table looped.
A number of individuals have also looped their cars. They
have wired both a dashboard microphone and radio output through
an under-the-seat amplifier and out to wiring that surrounds
passengers. The result is improved clarity of conversation
for the hard of hearing, while still enabling them to hear
sirens and horns, which are picked up by the microphone. Oval
Window markets a car kit for the USA, as does
Direct Sound. London
taxis are looped, as are all new New York City taxis--the new "taxi of tomorrow"--now being delivered by Nissan.