Learn about hearing loop systems and how Lafayette Hearing Center can help you loop your business.
Hearing aid technology has truly advanced an incredible amount. Hearing aids are smaller than ever before, and work more effectively than ever before. However, no matter how sophisticated your hearing technology, there are still some listening situations where you may still encounter significant challenges hearing and understanding. Churches with high ceilings, noisy ballgames, and any place you are trying to hear a signal from a significant distance can still be difficult to hear in, even with the best hearing technology.
What is a Hearing Loop System?
Hearing Loops, along with a pair of well fit hearing aids, can change these situations and make them easier for you instead of harder. Hearing aids that are equipped with a T-coil, also known as a telecoil, can allow the user to pick up sound from an installed hearing loop. The hearing loop takes the signal from the sound source (frequently a microphone or movie soundtrack) and sends it directly into the hearing aid via the t-coil. The loop signal then eliminates the background noise in the environment and helps the person hear the looped signal over all the other sounds in the environment.
The Major Advantage of a Hearing Loop System
One of the major advantages of a hearing loop is that it is truly universal technology. It does not matter what brand your hearing aid is. If you have a telecoil, you can use a hearing loop. This is why loops are so successful for public areas–because they work universally for all hearing aids with telecoils.
How do you know if a business, church or any other location has a hearing loop system?
This sign is the international symbol that a hearing loop is installed in the area for people with hearing loss. You might see this sign at an airport, a museum, a church, or a movie theater. This sign indicates that information is being broadcast through the loop for people to pick up with their hearing technology on the t-coil setting. A majority of hearing aids sold today have a telecoil installed in them. If you are not sure if your hearing aid has a telecoil, you can ask your provider and find out.
Please contact us here at Lafayette Hearing Center if you have any questions about hearing loops or if you would be interested in learning how to get your business looped.
For a more detailed review of hearing loops, please refer to the website http://www.hearingloop.org
To be effective, hearing loops have to meet the IEC 60118-4 standard
Best Practices in Hearing Loop Procurement
Hearing Loop Installations in Indiana
|Amboy:||– McGrawsville United Methodist Church: 9377 S 300 E|
|Bloomington:||– First Presbyterian Church: 221 E 6th St|
|Cicero:||– Sacred Heart of Jesus Church: 410 Pearl St|
|Dayton:||– Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church: 731 Walnut St|
|Delphi:||– Delphi Opera House: 109 S Washington St|
|Fort Wayne:||– First Presbyterian Church: 300 W Wayne St|
|Fowler:||– First Presbyterian Church: 501 E 6th St
– The Fowler Theatre: 111 E 5th St
|Frankfort:||– First Evangelical Presbyterian Church: 352 Clinton St|
|Indianapolis:||– Allisonville Christian Church: 7701 Allisonville Rd
– Northminster Presbyterian Church: 1660 Kessler Blvd
– Professional Hearing Services: 8801 N Meridian St, Ste 210
|Lafayette:||– Brown Street United Methodist Church: 905 Brown St., Lafayette
– The Cathedral of St. Mary: 1212 South St
– Central Presbyterian Church: 31 N 7th St
– Christ United Methodist: 3610 S 18th St
– Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette: 313 N 5th St
– Edgelea Elementary – Classroom for kids with hearing loss: 2910 S 18th St
– First Christian Church: 329 N 6th St., Lafayette
– Grace United Methodist Church: 615 N 22nd St
– Lafayette Hearing Center: 2122 Scott St
– St. Ann’s Catholic Church: 612 Wabash Ave
– St. Boniface Catholic Church: 318 N 9th St
– St. James Lutheran Church: 800 Cincinnati St
– St. Lawrence Catholic Church & Social Hall: 1644 Meharry St
– Stidham United Methodist Church: 5300 S 175 W
– Tippecanoe County Council on Aging at Jenks’ Rest: 1915 Scott St
– Trinity United Methodist Church: 404 N 6th St
|Marion:||– Meijer #153 Pharmacy: 3820 S Western Ave|
|Merrillville:||– St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church: 200 E 78th Ave
– Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church: 5885 Harrison St
|Monticello:||– United Methodist Church, traditional service: 200 S Main St, Monticello, IN|
|New Albany:||– Silver Street United Methodist Church: 413 Silver St|
|New Castle:||– First Presbyterian Church: 1202 Church St|
|Otterbein:||– St. Charles Catholic Church: 108 N Meadow St|
|Oxford:||– St. Patrick’s Catholic Church: 504 S Michigan St|
|Purdue University:||– Beering Hall #22 (Two-way system)
– Electrical Engineering #129
– Fowler Hall
– Heavilon Hall #128 (Two-way system)
– Knoy B019
– Loeb Playhouse
– Physics Classroom #223
– Physics Classroom #112
– University Hall #17
– University Hall #19
|South Bend:||– Evangel Heights United Methodist: 114 N Ironwood Drive
– South Bend International Airport: 4477 Progress Drive
|Tipton:||– St. John’s Catholic Church: 340 N Mill St|
|West Lafayette:||– Beck Agricultural Center Classroom: 4540 US 52 W
– Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament: 2224 Sacramento Drvie
– Lilly Nature Center Classroom: 1620 Lindberg Rd
– Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church: 300 W Fowler Ave
– Redeemer Lutheran Church: 510 E Lindberg Ave
– St. Thomas Catholic Church: 535 W State St., West Lafayette
– University Place: 1700 Lindberg Rd
– West Lafayette Public Library: 208 W Columbia St
– Westminster Village: 2741 N Salisbury St
Measured for the Hearing Loop
|Lafayette:||– Long Center for the Performing Arts: 111 N 6th St|
|West Lafayette:||– Covenant Presbyterian Church: 211 Knox Drive
– Unitarian Universalists: 333 Meridian St
Hearing Loop Testimonials
Even when there is competing noise, such as a crying baby, I hear only the priest, reader or singer. It is a truly amazing breakthrough for me. Church was always an environment that hearing aids failed me.
– Karen Hatke
I didn’t understand a word he was saying (at church), but with the hearing loop system, I could easily understand what he was saying.
Numerous people say, ‘I’ve heard like I’ve never heard before.’ This is exciting technology. It’s nice for the cathedral and St. Lawrence to be the first (in Lafayette) to have it.
– Father Dan Gartland
Looping the theatre has been one of our best investments in a long time. The joy on our patrons’ faces when they are able to hear the show is worth every penny. We have seen a return of patrons who had given up on attending shows, all thanks to the loop.
–Steve Koehler, Director of Lafayette Civic Theater