Maxdale Cowboy Church – Install Announcement
Assist2Hear is pleased to announce the completion of another Texas induction hearing loop system at Maxdale Cowboy Church, located 16816 Wolfridge Road, Killeen, Texas. With the installation of the hearing loop, Maxdale parishioners with hearing loss can enjoy sermons in the church, minus any echo or reverberation that might have previously made it difficult to hear due to the church’s concrete floors and high ceilings.
A hearing loop is a special type of sound system which helps parishioners suffering with hearing loss. Most churches offer headsets via an FM system, which many people with hearing aids are unable to use or simply are too embarrassed to use.
A hearing loop also known as an induction loop, consists of copper wire typically installed under the flooring or in the ceiling by our field certified installation team. The hearing loop is then connected to the church’s sound system to create a magnetic signal which is picked up by the copper telecoil, located inside of most hearing aids and hearing implants. The system requires no additional attachments or headsets- the user simply walks into the church and changes a setting on their hearing device and the loop delivers custom sound to the hearing aids! This amazing technology eliminates the need for headsets which often go unused in churches for a multitude of reasons.
Since the completion of the hearing loop installation, feedback from Killeen residents that attend the church has been positive!
The Maxdale Cowboy Church is truly committed to meeting the needs of their congregation
said Andy Rivas, Project Manager for Assist2Hear of Dallas and Austin.
Interested in learning more?
If you are interested learning more about hearing loop technology such as “What is a hearing loop?” or “How does an induction loop work?”, checkout the many resources on our website, www.Assist2Hear.com. If you are interested in learning more about installing an induction loop in your Texas church or venue, Assist2Hear’s Texas team is here to help! Please call us today at 877-338-1084 to discuss or schedule a free on-site assessment.
Let’s explain a Hearing Loop System:
A hearing loop system (sometimes called an induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people suffering from hearing loss. T-coils inside of hearing aids, implants, and hard of hearing receivers will pick up the wireless, magnetic signal created by the hearing loop.
Below is a diagram of a simple room with a hearing loop:
Below is a diagram of a hearing loop at a checkout counter or bank:
A video by our friends at Contacta explaining hearing loops:
How can Hearing Loop Systems help?
Hooray for hearing loops! Hearing aid users across the country are chanting, “Get in the Loop!”. Induction hearing loops are a simple solution to an invisible problem that many hard of hearing people face daily. In simple terms, a hearing loop system consist of a wire looped around a room and plugged in to an amplifier, which is then plugged in to an audio/sound system or TV. Churches and public auditoriums are the perfect environment for hearing loop systems. There are residential loops available for home TV rooms, which can be wired or used with a seat pad that includes a hearing loop system. They plug in to the TV and the hearing aid wearer merely turns on their T-coil. Voila! No need to turn up the volume and annoy others in the home! Not to mention that the sound is CLEAR.
Why use a hearing loop?
- Cuts out unwanted background noise
- No need to use a receiver/headset
- Sound goes directly into the hearing aid or cochlear implant
- Anyone with a cochlear implant or compatible hearing aid can take advantage of the Hearing Loop
- It is inconspicuous
- Cost effective
- Any number of users can use the system
How new is this technology?
Induction Loop systems have been in use in Europe for years and it is rare that a public area does not have a loop system. All hearing aids in Europe are required to have T-coils, which is not the case in the US. Yet.
Hearing Loop Systems average cost?
The cost of a loop in a residential setting can be $300-500. Installation costs are minimal or homeowners can even install the loop themselves. Commercial loop systems involve professional design to make sure any interference is compensated for and that the installation complies with IEC standards. Typical costs are from $5,000 to $15,000 for most installations, depending on the size and construction of the room. However, venues such as sports arenas, airports and large theaters can run in to six figures. Certainly, having a professional installer is important since a bad installation serves no one.
Hearing Loop systems are versatile!
There are even hearing loop systems available for counter installations such as pharmacies, bank windows, ticket counters, etc., where it is important to hear clearly. A portable hearing loop system may work for some in meetings or restaurants. And the best thing about hearing loop systems? One does not need to advertise that they have a hearing loss by wearing one of the headsets provided in most public venues to hear the speaker through the FM or infrared system.