Hearing Loop at NBRC

A hearing loop has been installed in the ground floor of the sanctuary. You can identify these areas by the blue ear with a T symbol.

Getting more from your hearing aids or Cochlear Implant in a Hearing Loop

Hearing Loop IconA hearing loop sends clear, pure sound to your hearing aid without background noise. Even with the most up-to-date technology, hearing aids and CI’s cannot completely separate important sounds from background noises; nor do they pick up all sounds from a distance such as those in a performance hall, a place of worship, auditorium, or a home TV viewed from across the room. In such listening settings, induction hearing loops can offer a solution. A hearing loop wirelessly transmits sound to an antennae called a telecoil in a hearing aid or CI.

 

How do I connect? 

If you have a hearing aid with a t-coil that you already know how to access, all you need to do is activate the T-coil in a room that is “looped” and you will hear anything coming through the speakers with more clarity. If you are unsure about whether you have a T-coil, it is best to check with your hearing healthcare provider. It is important to remember that this system does not work automatically; you must enable the t-coil to receive the benefits in a looped environment. Your hearing healthcare provider can explain if you have the ability to connect, will be able to make necessary adjustments, and can properly explain how and when to connect.

I do not have a hearing aid and or T-coil, can I use the system? 

Yes, anyone can use the system however someone without a t-coil enabled hearing aid must use the system with the help of a “Loop Listener”. This loop listener is a small device that is worn around the neck and comes with headphones. You put the headphones on, turn the volume up, and you can pick up the loop signal just like anyone else.

Where can I use the “loop system?” 

A loop system is only installed in select venues. You can identify which venues have been “looped” by the blue symbol on the first page.

This seems like a hassle, why should I bother? 

Hearing Loops have become the standard of assistive listening devices in Europe and are becoming so in the US. Once you are aware of the benefits and how to connect, you can use the hearing loop system to hear in environments where normally you were unable to hear. Once you learn how to utilize hearing loops for your benefit, you can use it in the ever expanding list of venues that have been or will be looped in the future. So, if you want another avenue to hear better then yes, it is worth the hassle.

Some important tips to remember: 

  • You need to know how to utilize your t-coil if you have one. If you do not enable the t-coil in a looped environment you will not receive any help. The best way to get help with this is to ask your hearing healthcare provider for assistance.
  • If you do not have a t-coil in your hearing aid, it is OK. You can still use the system with a loop listener as described above. Additionally, when it is time to upgrade your hearing aid(s) or get them for the first time, be sure to get a model with a t-coil or the ability to utilize a t-coil through a remote.
  • The loop system only works when someone is speaking into a microphone connected to the sound system. Only sounds that come out of the room’s speakers will go through the loop system. If someone is using a microphone and not speaking clearly or directly into the microphone, that will affect how clearly you hear as well.

Contact your hearing healthcare provider for more assistance with using the loop!