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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?

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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

 

 

 

 

  Future Venues

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 Pure Direct Sound. London taxis are looped, as are all new New York City taxis--the new "taxi of tomorrow"--now being delivered by Nissan.