An article posted in the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal by contributing writer David G. Myers, PhD, discusses the benefits of hearing loops for people with hearing loss. In his article, titled “A Technological Godsend to Counter Hearing Loss,” Myers recounts his first experience using a hearing loop to magnetically transmit sound via the PA system in a historic abbey in Scotland to the telecoils in his hearing aids by simply flipping a switch to turn his T-coils on—instantly allowing him to hear the worship leader with seemingly perfect clarity.
Myers, a psychology professor who has also served as a contributor to The Hearing Review on the subject of telecoils and looping systems, has become an advocate for loop systems and laments the fact that these systems are difficult to find in the US. While looping systems are more commonplace in Europe, Myers explains in his WSJ article that in the US existing installations of less convenient technologies are often already in place. Installing hearing loop systems involves running a coil of wire around the circumference of the coverage areas, which can cost several thousand dollars for a even modest-sized public space.
Source: The Wall Street Journal