What is a Hearing Loop?
*Hearing loop consists of a physical loop of cable or an array of looped of cables which are placed around a designated area, usually a room or a building. The cable generates a magnetic field throughout the looped space which can be picked up by a hearing aid, cochlear implant (CI) processors, and specialized hand-held hearing loop receivers for individuals without telecoil compatible hearing aids.
The loops carry base-band audio-frequency currents; no carrier signal is used. The benefit is that it allows the sound source of interest—whether a musical performance or a ticket taker’s side of the conversation—to be transmitted to the hearing-impaired listener clearly and free of other distracting noise in the environment. Typical installation sites include concert halls, ticket kiosks, high-traffic public buildings (for PA announcements), auditoriums, places of worship, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and homes.v
In the United Kingdom, as an aid for disability, their provision, where reasonably possible, is required by the Equality Act 2010 and previously by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and they are available in “the back seats of all London taxis, which have a little microphone embedded in the dashboard in front of the driver; at 18,000 post offices in the U.K.; at most churches and cathedrals”, according to Prof. David G. Meyers.
In the United States, an alternative technology using FM transmission to “neck loop” receivers was more widely adopted due to economic advantages. In comparison, hearing loop systems require a greater initial investment by the facility operator, but offer greater convenience and avoid the social stigma and hygienic concerns entailed by the FM system’s paraphernalia for those who have hearing aids.
*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_induction_loop)
Where are hearing loops Installed?
Hearing Loops can be found where you see signs similar to . Also LoopFinder is a free app available for smartphones that lists loop installations throughout the country. Also ALDLocator.com is a website that lists nationwide venues with FM, Infrared, and Loop systems.
Greater Richmond Looping Venues as of Summer 2017
|Bon Air Presbyterian Church
9201 W. Huguenot Road
Richmond, VA 23235
|Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
800 S. Cathedral Place
|Cedar Street Memorial Baptist Church
2301 Cedar Street
|First Baptist Church
2709 Monument Avenue
|First Unitarian Church
1000 Blanton Avenue
|November Theatre* (orchestra level)
114 W Broad Street
|Central Park Hearing Aid Center (waiting room)
1171 Central Park Blvd
|Muddy Creek Baptist Church
3470 Trenholm Road
|First Mennonite Church
601 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23227S
|Edward the Confessor Catholic Church
2700 Dolfield Dr
Counter Loop (Reception area)
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Who can I contact to get more information?
This compilation is a project of the GREATER RICHMOND CHAPTER OF THE HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF America – Linda Wallace, president. If you know of other venues with hearing loops, please contact either Linda Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larry Herbert at (email@example.com.)
These lists focus on hearing loops. Other assertive listening systems (FM and infrared) are available in many venues. Aldlocator.com is a great website to discover local venues with assertive listening systems, including FM, infrared, and hearing loops.