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Hearing loops are quickly becoming the hearing assistive listening system of choice for bringing clear sound to people with hearing loss. From schools and places of worship to concert venues, assisted living facilities and municipal buildings, hearing lops are a consumer-preferred solution and the only system that is directly hearing-aid-compatible and will make the facility hearing friendly. This incredible system will not only bring many of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss back to theaters, places of worship and community activities, but is also a proven vehicle to build businesses.
Help us join forces to promote hearing loops in Arkansas!
Let’s Loop Arkansas! is dedicated to increasing the ability of Arkansans
to hear clearly by advocating for affordable installation of hearing loops in a variety of public and private places across the state.
Imagine a happier world for the mushrooming millions of people with hearing loss. In this utopia, hearing aids have doubled their present usefulness. The author describes his advocacy for audio loops and why they are effective assistive listening systems.
The Case for Hearing-Aid-Compatible Assistive Listening Audio Loop Systems (Hearing Loop Systems)
Require (for those with telecoils) no pick up or return of portable receiving units and headsets.
Require purchasing/maintaining/replacing fewer portable receiving units (for those as yet without telecoils).
Operate on a universal frequency (FM systems operate on differing frequencies, requiring receivers for each venue).
Work in transient situations. They can serve people with hearing loss at ticket counters, teller windows, drive-through stations, airport gate areas, and train and subway stations — venues where other assistive listening systems are impractical.
Are hearing-aid-compatible. There’s no need to juggle between hearing aids and headsets (for example, when shifting from sermon to singing during worship).
Contain sound. Because sound broadcast through hearing aids is contained within one’s ear, there is no risk of leaked headset sound bothering others nearby.
Afford flexible use. Can allow either direct listening or loop broadcast modes, or both.
Deliver personalized in-the-ear sound — sound customized by one’s own hearing aids to address one’s own hearing loss.
Are, for all these reasons, much more likely to be used — and to be increasingly used, once installed (as people purchase future aids with T-coils). Moreover, it is those who most need hearing assistance who are most likely to have telecoils. (Thanks to portable receivers, loop systems, can also serve everyone, including all who are served by existing systems.)
Click here to read the entire article by David Myers http://www.hearingloop.org/HearingLossArticle.pdf
Hearing loops are helpful in a variety of places.
Some are used for extended time, and others are beneficial while a person is in transit.
Examples of extended time use include:
* Theaters and performing arts centers
* Places of worship
* Board rooms and large meeting rooms
* High school and college auditoriums
* Court rooms or City Council rooms
* Banquet or sports facilities
* Fellowship Halls
Examples of transient use include:
* Ticket counters and information booths
* Doctors’ offices and pharmacy counters
* Drive thru and pick up windows
* Museum exhibits
Almost any church, room or facility can be looped. To learn more about hearing loops, visit ArkansasLoops.com or call 501-778-3868
Informational packets are available for you to take to your Place of Worship or Community Center at
Let’s Loop Arkansas is a grassroots movement to help make public spaces
more accessible for individuals with hearing loss.
A website will be coming soon.
Please “like” and “share” our Facebook page Let’s Loop Arkansas and follow us on Twitter @LetsLoopAR
to stay updated on this important health initiative for Arkansans with hearing loss and their families.
Feel free to email email@example.com with questions.
Leila Lipham, Occupational Therapist with Arkansas Department of Career Education at
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Lisa Richey, Au.D. Saline Audiology & Arkansas Loops
Credonna Miller, Au.D. Saline Audiology & Arkansas Loops
Dr. Sam Atcherson, of UALR/UAMS Audiology and Speech Pathology Department
By making assistive listening hearing aid compatible, churches are leading the way to doubled hearing aid functionality for people with hearing loss.
“Let’s Loop America’s Worship Centers”
Click the link below to read the entire article by David Myers