People who experience hearing loss, an unseen condition, require more than just increasing the volume of sound into their ears.
Hearing aids enhance sound in close conversational settings, where there is little background noise or distance to the source; however, over a long distance or in a noisy environment the hearing aid can’t distinguish background or ambient noise from the sound you want to hear.
An induction loop, also known as a hearing loop or T-loop, is an assistive listening system that provides access to facilities for those with a hearing impairment. It takes a sound source and transfers it directly to a hearing aid without background noise.
The number of users who can benefit from a system at any one time is only limited by the number of people that can fit in the ‘looped’ area. Expensive receivers are not required and users don’t suffer the inconvenience of asking for and wearing a headset that marks them out as having hearing loss.
Hearing loops are an inherently simple technology, but care should be taken (and professional advise sought) in their design, specification and installation, so that any system conforms to International Standards and is of optimum benefit to the end user.
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13 July 2020