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Audio Frequency Induction Loop Systems (AFILS) also known as the “Loop” has opened a world of hearing for people that suffer from hearing loss. The technology is gaining fast traction in venues that were otherwise overwhelming for people that lived and worked with ongoing hearing impairment. It allows them into a broader range of locations from the boardroom to the ticket office. Ranging from a classroom to an auditorium the Loop offers ease and sound clarity that wasn’t readily available before. When visiting a space check to see for a Loop sticker so that you know it is equipped for use.
How does it work?
The designated space will have wires in and around the floor or ceiling that transmits electromagnetic signals picked up via a microphone. They are transmitted to an amplifier that is connected to the wires around in and around the space. The magnetic field created by the wires is then directly appropriated by the telecoil within the persons’ hearing device. Cochlear implants, hearing aids, and other assistive hearing devices can be bought equipped with telecoils that pick up these electromagnetic signals specific to spaces containing the “Loop” system. The technology cuts down a lot of the distortion and increases clarity allowing the user to navigate and enjoy spaces that were once hostile or overwhelming. A neck loop device is also available in Infrared (IR) and FM systems.
The Loop allows many users to participate. It has low visibility and a very high rate of approval from users concerned with receiving the clearest sound possible in high traffic areas. Headsets or receivers are no longer necessary and it is an economical option overall for business, institutions, and workspaces.
The Loop system allows us to travel light and expediently. The system is adaptable to a plethora of interior environments from personal spaces such as our apartment to a city cab to a large music venue.
The telecoil technology allows the user to pick up sound with the highest level of clarity and the lowest level of distortion and transmitted directly to users’ listening device.
Background sounds are kept at nominal levels the user is now free to enjoy speech and sound without fighting to filter out errant noises.
Shared headsets and or earbuds are no longer part of the formula because the Loop responds and transmits directly to the users’ device of choice. Hygiene is optimized!
It allows for very individualized programming for the users’ specific needs. Our hearing needs change and fluctuates according to the nature of our hearing condition as well as our exterior environments whether big or small.
The Loop system has been a part of the ADA Standard for Accessible Design since 2010 when it became a requisite for venues deemed ADA compliant. Continuing advocacy and public awareness of the Loop system is good for business as well as the consumer. The hearing impaired are allowed a wider range of goods and services from shopping at the local pharmacy to attending a play.
Surveys have reflected that the overall hearing experience with the Loop system up to 90 percent better than without. In 2014, the Hearing Review conducted a study with over 850 participants. Over 80 percent of the participants scored the experience between 8 to 10 (10 being highest) when discerning speech from sound, in large public spaces using the Loop.
Overall, with the continuance of education and information about the Loop system worldwide, we have a chance to expedite an elevated hearing experience for ourselves and others. The Loop enables those with hearing loss to encompass activities and enjoyment that were previously unavailable or difficult to integrate into. The versatility and mobility that the Loop offers behoove us to stay engaged and to advocate for its incorporation into the public and private domain.
Due to the burgeoning field of technology and its many advances for the hearing impaired it is wise to consult your hearing health professional for an assessment and diagnosis. Every day heralds a breakthrough for those that suffer hearing loss.
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