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Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign
The HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign Promotes Doubling Functionality of Hearing Aids
Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the Web.
Hearing aids can easily and affordably become wireless receivers for use with telephones and hearing assistive listening systems – hearing loops and neckloops – by adding a telecoil option to the aid. Sixty-nine percent of all hearing aids dispensed in the U.S. today have telecoils. Yet far too few consumers know about them and not enough hearing professionals recommend them.
Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign is an HLAA effort to promote hearing loops in public facilities, places of worship and anywhere people need to hear better. The campaign is fueled by the Get in the Hearing Loop Task Force led by volunteer, HLAA members across the country who work in their local communities to promote communication access with hearing loops. HLAA has a professional advisor for loops, Juliette Sterkens, Ph.D., who works with the committee. The HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign and the work of the committee is supported, in part, by the David and Carol Myers Foundation.
The Get in the Hearing Loop Task Force works to enlighten and motivate hearing aid and cochlear implant users as well as hearing health care professionals to learn the benefits of loops and use and install them. Even though hearing loops make a noticeable difference in understanding when bringing direct audio input to the ear, they are not widely used. The task force works to advance the use of hearing loops.