Why are Assistive Listening Systems Needed?

Why Are Assistive Listening Systems Needed?

People with hearing loss have trouble understanding speech when there is background noise, reverberation, and they are more than six feet away from the sound source. Assistive listening systems improve auditory comprehension in three ways: they filter out background noise, override poor acoustics and reduce the distance from the sound source.

Who uses assistive listening systems? These systems are available for everyone! You don’t need to have “bad” hearing to use. People with typical hearing, people with hearing loss, people on the autism spectrum, auditory processing needs, etc. There are even reports of concert-goers who report the sound is better in a hearing loop than without. Anyone who wishes to hear clearer with less background noise!

TEDxOshkosh “What You Don’t Know About Hearing Aids”

Released March 2024. Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens an audiologist with over forty years of experience, delivered her talk “What You Don’t Know About Hearing Aids,” at the Grand Theater in Oshkosh Wisconsin. In it, she sheds light on the common misconceptions and limitations associated with hearing loss and hearing aids and explains that hearing loss is not just about reduced volume but also affects how we perceive pitches and distinguish between similar sounds, especially in noisy environments. She stresses the importance of auxiliary tools such as assistive listening systems, telecoils, and communication strategies, to enhance the hearing aid experience.