The best way to treat your hearing loss is by wearing hearing aids that are personally fit for you and your hearing loss needs. They can effectively and easily transmit sound you would normally miss right into your ears, meaning you aren’t going to miss a moment.
Not every situation or place is designed for people with hearing loss. An airport, for example, could easily be overwhelming. With crowds and announcements over the loudspeakers, you could miss something important and not even know it. Wearing hearing aids should make it easier.
Now, buildings, arenas, auditoriums, and airports are making it easier. With something called a hearing loop, buildings everywhere (now called looped buildings), take sound and feed it directly into your hearing aids.
Let’s answer some of your questions you might have about what a hearing loop is and how to use it.
1. What exactly is a hearing loop?
A hearing loop is almost exactly what it sounds like. It is a wire loop that surrounds an audience that picks up sound from a sound system and transforms it into a magnetic signal that is sent out into the audience. The telecoil within your hearing aid receives the signal, allowing your hearing aid to become your own personal speaker.
2. Where is hearing loop located?
To identify where a hearing loop is located, you should see a hearing assistance sign with a “T” on it. This signals those with hearing aids that their telecoils when turned on within the device, will pick up the sound and transmit it straight to the ear through their devices.
In America, hearing loops are found in airports, movie theaters, churches, auditoriums, train and subway stations, taxis, and arenas all around the country.
3. How do I use a hearing loop?
Like we noted earlier, a hearing loop is easily identifiable with a hearing assistance sign. These should be located in easily viewable public areas and have a “T” on it.
Make sure your hearing aids are on, and the magnetic signal should be picked up by the telecoil within your devices. Not to mention, hearing loops don’t cost you anything to use.
Your hearing aids are working hard to give you the hearing experience you want. But even with your personalized devices, you might struggle to hear in larger spaces with more people around. That’s normal.
Looped buildings offer hearing assistance to those who need it in an inconspicuous way. You don’t need large headphones or obvious devices. Instead, simply make sure the telecoil on your devices is on, and whatever everyone else is hearing, you can hear too.
If you ever wonder what buildings have a hearing loop, ask! You might be able to experience more than you thought.
If you have hearing loss and wonder what life would be like with hearing aids, we can help. Our goal at Associates in Hearing is to make sure you have the hearing you want to live the life you love. We can provide you with the hearing devices you need to help you stay connected to the people and experiences around you.
Give us a call today, and we would love to help!