Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Clients Tune In Thanks to Loop Tech



The Center that has been a friend to so many with hearing and speech disorders has just become a little friendlier.

A hearing induction loop system has been installed in the Center’s waiting room, to be activated within the next couple of weeks. The loop system itself is quite simple, composed of just a sound source connected to a loop of wiring around the perimeter of the room. However, clients with hearing aids will notice a huge difference: The current from the wiring creates a magnetic field that telecoils, which are equipped in most hearing aids, turn into an audio signal.

Dr. Rebecca Frazier, Center Chief Audiologist, further explains how the system works. “It basically makes the hearing aid become a personal loudspeaker in the ear. The loop connects to the microphone at the front desk, so clients will soon be able to hear whomever is at the desk as if they're speaking directly in their ear.” 

While induction loop technology is decades old and inexpensive, its use is not widespread in America. However, Dr. Frazier expects hearing loops to become more common in the St. Louis area, both in commercial locations and privately owned homes and cars. Currently, St. Louis hearing groups are working together to raise money to loop a St. Louis area theater!

The Center that has been a friend to so many with hearing and speech disorders has just become a little friendlier.


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