What is a Hearing Loop?

A hearing loop helps people hear sounds from a microphone or an audio system directly and clearly in their hearing aids, because it reduces or cuts out background noise.  A hearing loop provides a wireless, inductive signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is turned to "Telecoil" setting. The loop system consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; a loop amplifier which processes the signal; and the loop conductors, an array of small wires installed into the architecture in the location of the audience or participants.  These systems provide the best listener experience of any hearing solution — a direct connection between hearing aids and the sound source. They also operate at the lowest maintenance cost and lowest cost per user of any advanced hearing solution.  According to Hearing Review Products, hearing loop systems are supported by all 38 models of in-the-ear hearing aids and 29 of 30 conventional behind-the-ear models.  

 
 

Alternate Listening Devices

Many public places offer assistive listening devices (ALDs), which beam infrared or FM signals to special headsets or neck loops that must be borrowed from a service desk. Rarely, however, are existing ALD receivers checked out and used; most people are either unaware of their availability, unwilling to fuss with the hassle, or averse to being conspicuous.  A major disadvantage is that most hearing aid users have to remove their devices to utilize the ALD headsets.

 Midwest Hearing Loops has experience and technical expertise with inductive loop design and installation in a wide variety of settings

Midwest Hearing Loops has experience and technical expertise with inductive loop design and installation in a wide variety of settings

A Growing Need

In the United States, 40 million people -- almost 20 percent -- have hearing loss.  For persons aged 65 and above, the percentage increases to 46.  The number of people with hearing loss is expected to double by 2019.  

Fortunately, Midwest Hearing Loops has a proven track record -- the installation experience and the technical expertise -- to help serve this growing need.