HearingLoop.org

Getting hard of hearing people in the loop.

People with hearing loss can dream of a future when hearing aids also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound from inside their ears. They can dream of communities where worship places, auditoriums, and business windows all broadcast their sound through these in-the-ear loudspeakers. Thanks to the refinement of “induction loop” systems—which magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils (T-coils)—that future can be now!

Experience hearing loop sound demonstrations and see a child’s reaction to a home TV room loop.

For 2-minute animated explanations of hearing loops, see here or here.

Evidence that people with hearing loss greatly benefit. See also endorsements of this hearing aid compatible assistive listening, and user testimonials.

A Hearing Loss Association of America task force is envisioning and enabling this transformation in U.S. assistive listening. See its explanatory loop brochure, and see here and here for a toolkit of resources and much more.

An induction loop system transmits magnetic energy to telecoil-equipped hearing aids through a wire that surrounds an audience.

Questions about Hearing Loops

What are common concerns and FAQs about loop systems?
Fourteen frequently asked questions
What hearing aids have telecoils and can receive loop broadcasts?
Most hearing aids and all new cochlear implants now come with inexpensive telecoil sensors… more.
Why are assistive listening systems needed?
What do loop systems cost? And where can we order one?
Why are hearing loops the preferred assistive listening system?
Unlike other assistive listening systems, loop systems broadcast to hearing aids… more.
Might loops soon be replaced by other technology?
Is there a handout explanation?
Yes, the Sarasota Hearing Loss Association offers this for staff and this for patrons.
Where are looped venues?
  • See here for an interactive national locator for specific hearing assistance technologies, including loops.
  • See here for looped U.S. theaters/performing arts centers.
  • See here for lists of looped facilities in specific states and cities.
  • See fifteen states that have mandated telecoil counseling as part of hearing aid dispensing, and more are in the works.
What assistive listening does the Americans for Disabilities Act require?
ADA General Guidelines.
Is there a hearing loops discussion board?
Yes, here. Want advice on starting a loop initiative? See here and here.
What states mandate counseling hearing patients about telecoil technology that can connect them directly with assistive listening systems?
Where are local hearing loop campaigns?
Without including loop advocacy by effective individuals, here are 39 city or state hearing loop initiatives, with links (courtesy Stephen Frazier).
Might Bluetooth be a more effective assistive listening technology?
See here and (for more information) here, and here.
How might I introduce hearing loops to a facility?
See sample letter (courtesy hearingloss.org).

Endorsements

Britain’s Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now Action for Hearing Loss) has noted that “Induction loops are vital to ensure accessibility for hearing aid wearers.”

More endorsements of hearing aid compatible assistive listening, and user testimonials.

Articles and Media

Nontechnical information on hearing aid compatible assistive listening: