Hearing loops are one of the fastest-growing hearing devices around the world. Unlike most other hearing devices, this contraption allows people in an entire room hear better, not just a single person. For this reason, it has already attracted a wide following around the world. However, many people are still unclear about the concept behind the hearing loop. That is why we are going to take a close look at how a hearing loop works, what a hearing loop is, and where they have already been implemented throughout the world.
Where Are Hearing Loops At Already?
At the present time, hearing loops are being used in several cities around the world. Some of the most common places that they are being used are in meeting buildings and rooms, churches, and even in mass transit. The ultimate goal of a hearing loop is to allow an individual to experience public life and sounds with the greatest clarity, while not making them f encumbered or uncomfortable. There is also a large push to have hearing loops installed in more taxis and buses so that communication between the driver and rider is unhindered.
Hearing Loop Design
Hearing loops are basically two different devices that are able to work in conjunction with one another to produce sound that is superior in quality than if the person was using just a single device. The first part of a hearing loop is the cable that is looped throughout the room or building that the individual is occupying. This acts as a sound transmitter and receiver at the same time. The second part of a hearing loop is the telecoil, which acts as a receiver for the transmitted sounds. This is found within a hearing aid or cochlear implant that has a t-switch.
So How Does This Work?
A hearing loop works by making the cable and the hearing aid work together. The first thing that a hearing loop does is draw in sound through a microphone or other receiver that is planted in the room or vehicle. Once the sound has been received, it is then transmitted so that it takes the form of an electromagnetic sound that can be picked up and interpreted by the telecoil. Telecoils were originally developed as a signal booster, but have been repurposed to help with hearing.
The hearing aids that have been made over the last ten years mostly have a telecoil within them. They can be activated by flipping a manual t-switch on the device. Once this happens, the individual wearing the hearing aid can listen to the sound that was made from the source. This means people with hearing loops and aids will be able to listen to music, sound, and speech with clarity and loudness not previously available.