One of the most popular forms of hearing devices that is being implemented in more people around the world is hearing loops. These two piece contraptions use novel technology in order to help people who have hearing impairment get clearer hearing in certain situations. Though it has received a moderately popular response, many people still do not understand the benefits of this system. That is why we are going to look at what a hearing loop is, how they function, and where you can see them in the public realm.
What Are Hearing Loops?
Hearing loops are devices that use a combination of hearing devices to evoke a clearer degree of sound for people who suffer from hearing impairment. The first part of a hearing loop system is actually the loop. The hearing device counts on a cable to transmit and receive data from the environment so that it can be sent throughout the room. The second part of a hearing loop is a receiver that can take in and interpret the sound that is broadcasted throughout the room. This comes in the form of a hearing aid, specifically, the telecoil.
How Do Hearing Loops Work?
Hearing loops work by using the two parts of the system as a radio and a receiver. The first thing that happens in the process is sound being brought in by a microphone or similar device. From there, the information is run throughout the cable in the form of an electromagnetic signal. This signal needs to be picked up and interpreted while it is being broadcast throughout the room. This requires a telecoil in order to interpret the sound in a meaningful way.
Fortunately, telecoils have been built into hearing aids for several years now because they make it possible to hear conversations between people. The telecoil brings in the signal and interprets it and transforms it into sound that is at the proper frequency. The result is that people can hear specific speakers or announcements no matter where they are in the room.
What Are Hearing Loops?
Hearing loops are currently found in some locations, but are mostly limited to larger cities. You can mostly see them in large meeting areas such as universities, some churches, and office buildings. There is a large push to have more hearing loops integrated into mass transit so that people with hearing impairment can travel in public while feeling confident. There are some legislators who want to have laws introduced in order to make hearing loops necessary for public buildings under ADA laws.