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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 houses of worship to concert venues. assisted living facilities and municipal buildings, hearing loops are a consumer-preferred solution and are the only system that is directly hearing-aid compatible and will make your facility hearing friendly. This remarkable system will not only bring many of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss back to theaters, house of worship and community activities, but it also a proven vehicle to build businesses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Here are some common questions about Hearing Loops and Arkansas Loops (a division of Saline Audiology)
Do we speak to groups about Hearing Loops?
Yes. If you are a member of a group and you believe information about Hearing Loops can benefit you, your group, or any organization your group is associated with, please contact us and we will setup a free presentation.
What is a t-coil?
A t-coil, or telephone coil, is a small copper coil in most hearing aids that picks up a magnetic field from the loop and converts it into electrical energy. This is similar to how a microphone converts sound waves in to electrical energy. By switching the hearing aid to the “T” position, the electromagnetic field is detected. The strength of that field depends on the size of the t-coil, energy or power of the magnetic field and the relative positions of the t-coil. For telephone usage, the t-coil is best when horizontal relative to the phone receiver; however, the best reception for loops is a vertical orientation. So many audiologist set the t-coil at a 45 degree angle to work with both the telephone and induction loops. It is very important for your audiologist to take as much time programming and evaluating the t-coil as the microphone for optimal satisfaction of the user. An M/T position on the hearing aid allows the wearer to hear through the t-coil but also hear through the microphone, which is preferred by some so they can hear the person next to them or others in the room in addition to the direct signal from the loop. A manual “T” or “M/T” switch is a must to allow the user control over the programs.
Be advised that many hearing aids are fitted with a t-coil but the audiologist may not have activated the program or the volume may be set very low and need to be adjusted to hear satisfactorily through a loop. Some hearing aids that do not have a t-coil may be retro-fitted to experience the clear sound through loop in your home or in public venues.
Where are Induction Loops used?
Anywhere that has a Sound Source
Hearing loops are appropriate for two environments: transient/short term and extended/permanent. Extended time induction hearing loops are appropriate for public venues (commercial use), such as churches, auditoriums, meeting rooms and concert halls. Loop systems are available for transient locations such as bank windows, pharmacies, post offices, hotel reception desks, airport counters, information booths, etc. Even tour buses, taxis and trains can be looped. We analyze your public venue to determine the best design for you.
How does a Hearing Loop work?
The loop creates a magnetic field that is picked up by the T-coil in a hearing aid and is converted to audible sound sent from the amplifier. When the T-coil is activated in the hearing aid, feedback and background noise is eliminated or greatly reduced which results in a clearer signal from the source of the sound.
Why Induction Hearing Loops?
Induction loops improve listening clarity for those with hearing aids. The hearing aid must have a T-coil but estimates are that about 65 to 70 percent of hearing aids in use today have T-coils. Nearly all new hearing aids now have T-coils, so eventually all hearing aids will utilize the T-coil technology. Installation of induction loops is a very cost-effective way to improve communication for the hearing impaired population, while conforming to ADA guidelines.
Advantages of a loop system:
– Businesses or venues that install loop systems have virtually no maintenance on the system and do not have to purchase or maintain/sanitize/repair headphones such as those used with infrared or FM systems.
– There is no limit as to the number of users of the system – it is virtually unlimited.
– Users do not have to “advertise” their disability by using headphones – they only have to turn on their T-coil – so there is no stigma attached to the usage of the loop system.
– Users benefit from the loop technology AND their customized hearing aids for the best possible hearing experience. The loop system helps the hearing aid do its job.
– Loop technology uses a universal standard system any T-coil equipped instrument user can use at home in a TV room or worldwide.
– All hearing aid T-coils work with all loop systems. Cochlear implants also have T-coils.
– Listeners use hearing aids they own. Sound is optimized for their personal hearing loss and needs.
– Improved clarity and understanding benefits businesses and individuals.
– A loop system has a reasonable cost to install with minimal or no maintenance.
– Loop systems don’t require you to purchase, maintain, and replace portable receiving units.
– Portable units can be purchased for those without suitably equipped hearing aids at $145 each. We include one receiver for monitoring purposes. ADA requires headsets for 1% of seating occupancy so a 400 seat room would need 4 loop receivers.
– Our experience is that loop systems are far more likely to be used – and increasingly used – once installed.
How much does a Loop system cost?
Commercial loop installations vary from building to building, depending on construction, floor coverings, electrical interference, size, etc. A customized quote will be provided for each building and our professional installers will typically complete the installation in a couple of days. A professional installation is a must to ensure a quality system with even sound across the room.
How is a Loop installed?
A loop system from Saline Audiology is installed by professionals. A test loop may be run to make sure the proposed design will work before we do the permanent installation. Installations are required to meet the international standard IEC 60118-4, which defines the magnetic strength field, frequencies and measurement requirements. Installations are tested with a FSM (field strength meter) to confirm compliance.
We offer your church, auditorium, corporate meeting room, bank, senior center or private venue the support you need to successfully go “live” with the hearing loop.
– Custom design and installation to ensure you get the right product for your venue
– Signage to inform that a Hearing Loop is installed
– Plaques to commemorate the generosity of any donor(s) available upon request
– Hand outs to educate users and the general public
– Publish-ready announcements for your newsletter, church bulletin or emails
– We can help you with a news release to send to the newspaper, church magazine or blogs
– We will post your location on our website directory as being accessible for persons who use hearing aids
– With each installed hearing loop system, we will be available to answer questions, offer hands-on instruction and verify that the system works to the satisfaction of the end users. The loop will be in working order as soon as installation is completed. We typically ask that a few known hearing aid users provide us with feedback.
If you need more information, please contact us for a free consultation.
501-778-3868 0r 501-922-0053
A hearing loop helps people who use hearing aids, that are equipped with T-coils, hear sounds from a PA system directly and clearly in the hearing aids, because it reduces or cuts out background noise. Hearing Loops can be installed in home TV rooms, auditoriums, airports, places of worship, conference rooms, and many other locations. For more information about a loop, a site survey or a demonstration, call 501-778-3868, contact us on our Facebook page Arkansas Loops or on our website www.arkansasloops.com
A simple technology called a Hearing Loop allows hearing aid wearers who have a telecoil (t-coil, telephone swith) in their hearing aids to get a wireless signal transmitted directly to their ears. The technology transforms garbled PA sounds into clear announcements. This technology effectively overcomes reverberation, echo, and background noise. Hearing Loops can be utiized in auditoriums, church sanctuaries, concert halls, meeting rooms, etc. Hearing Loops can be installed in homes for effective TV listening. Relatively inexpensive and very effective, Hearing Loops are becoming more and more popular with the hearing-impaired.
a Division of Saline Audiology
For more information about a residential Loop for you TV room or for a commercial loop,
call us at Saline Audiology 501-778-3868 or 501-922-0053.