Hearing Loop systems get used while FM/Infrared headsets gather dust. A rolling stone gathers no dust- but FM headsets do! Just ask any venue that has an FM or Infrared system in place for the hard of hearing. Hearing Loops get used while headset systems don’t. Why?
Let me count the reasons:
- Headsets advertise hearing loss
- Headsets are generally uncomfortable
- Batteries may not be charged
- Headsets often disappear into a lost closet or forget to be returned by a user
- Sanitary issues for many people and require cleaning maintenance by the facility
- Most hearing aids must be removed to use! This is an obvious problem
- Vanity is real. Most people do not want to wear the headsets which mess their hair or because they “feel silly wearing headsets!”
- Interference can be an issue for FM and Infrared systems require a direct line of sight
Once a hearing loop is installed, there is virtually no maintenance, except cleaning and battery repair for the few loop receiver headsets for those brave souls that will use them. And those that have spent $2,500-$7,500 for a pair of hearing aids can put them to use by switching to the telecoil (“T”) setting to enjoy clear sound through the aids that are already programmed for their own hearing loss. No fuss, no muss! It basically doubles the functionality of hearing aids. Many people get hearing aids when they realize they can’t understand sermons in church. Disappointment is a common feeling when they realize that even after spending thousands on a hearing aid, they STILL can’t hear in church. Hearing Loops can help!
Hearing loops open up a whole new audience that has not been adequately served in our country. The number of people that can listen in the loop is unlimited where FM and Infrared systems are limited by the number of headsets available in the venue. Hearing loops are universal so a hearing aid wearer can hear in looped venues around the world.
Both FM/Infrared and Hearing Loop Systems meet ADA standards for accessibility in public venues. However, the new ADA standards effective 3/15/12 require that 25% of the required assistive listening headsets be hearing aid compatible. If a venue has a hearing loop installed, this requirement does not apply.
With induction hearing loops, people bring, maintain and use their own wireless receiver (the hearing aid) – invisibly! For more information about hearing loops, visit www.assist2hear.com.
What a great night at the OKC HLAA with the Hearing Loop Table!
Our July meeting was a casual game night and was a perfect evening to demonstrate the hearing loop table made by Contacta, Inc. The hearing loop table has a hearing loop built underneath the surface of the table with microphones in the corners. This allows people who are hard of hearing to simply switch their hearing aids to a T-coil setting and hear each other with clarity! Each table is handcrafted and proudly made in the USA.
Just imagine sitting at your favorite restaurant again and actually being able to hear the waiter explaining the specials or even hear your friends across the table. It is perfect for community centers for cards or board games. We had a blast playing Left Center Right and could actually hear each other! One member said “This would be fantastic for Thanksgiving dinners!”
Assist2Hear is happy to introduce the hearing loop table and hearing loop technology to restaurants, assisted living centers, community centers, and churches throughout Oklahoma! Please visit the Hearing Helpers Room to experience the loop table for yourself and to learn about other hearing loss technology for daily living. The hearing helpers room is located in the Integris OKC- INTEGRIS Third Age Life Office, 5300 N. Independence, Ste. 210, Oklahoma City , OK 73112.
If you would like more information on hearing loops or the hearing loop table please contact us today.
Please consider joining the OKC HLAA. One of my favorite things to do is to meet other people who experience hearing loss in my own community. It is so empowering to share information and tips about living with hearing loss. Oklahoma City has a very strong group filled with members willing to share their own stories and help our community become more hearing friendly. Join the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America for our annual ice cream social on August 5, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm at Lakeside Methodist Church in OKC! Download the invitation and invite a friend to share the scoop about hearing loss!