Accessibility Hearing Loops & Telecoils Hearing Technology

Hearing Loops & Telecoils

Assistive listening symbol: an outline of an ear in the middle with a slash at the top right and bottom left to indicate assistive listening. This symbol has a T which means it has a hearing loop and we can use our telecoils.
Assistive Listening Symbol with a T to indicate a hearing loop.

Hearing loops (also known as induction loops) transmit a magnetic signal to telecoils (T-coil) in hearing devices. A telecoil is a tiny coiled copper wire inside hearing aids.

Installation of a wire loop (various arrays) usually goes around the floor, and sometimes the ceiling, of a facility. Activating the T-coil in a hearing device allows the user to hear sound directly from any looped room or facility, stage, hall, playhouse, theater, conference area. The loop delivers a crisp clear sound.

Hearing loops & telecoils are NOT outdated.

Hearing loops are old technology (invented in 1937), but that doesn’t mean they are outdated. The U.S. lags far behind European, and other, countries in providing loops. They aren’t just for the Hard of Hearing (HoH), anyone can experience the clear and direct sound piped into their ears via telecoil receivers and devices.

Do you have a telecoil?
Advocacy Personal advocacy

HoHs Go Shopping

Shopping while HoH (Hard of Hearing) presents some challenging communication scenarios. Our attention and eyes are focused on the task at hand and we are less aware of what is going on around us. Being spoken to when our attention is elsewhere often catches us off guard. The good news: Shopping also provides unlimited opportunities to practice at finding effective ways to navigate those tricky situations. And remember, if you avoid situations that trip you up, you’ll never get better at handling them.

Accessibility Captioning Open-Captioned Live Theatre

Open Captions for Live Theater

Nothing says welcome like open captions at live theater for those with hearing loss.

Our guest this week is our friend Vicki Turner, whose career as court reporter and CART provider began in 1980. Vicki founded Turner Reporting & Captioning Services in 2005 and soon after provided Las Vegas with its first open-captioned theatre performance. Her list of theatre captioning credits continues to grow. So does her passion for spreading awareness of the importance in providing accessibility. Vicki makes it possible for a person to fully participate in life experiences.

Communicating with Kids Communication Practices

Hearing Loss & Small Voices

A great many of us have high frequency hearing loss which means we have a difficult time hearing small voices. Kids are already a challenge because they bounce around and don’t face us. Or they suddenly get shy or have a hard time looking at us. Here are some tips on how we deal with those small voices.

It’s takes some training & persistence.

Michele: Because I’m a lipreader, I taught my granddaughter Ayla how to talk to me from the time she was born. Year after year, I’ve witnessed the benefits. It’s been awesome to see her progress as I demonstrate ways for her to help me understand more.

Car Travel

Hearing Loss in Cars

There is no secret to why riding in cars is so difficult for people who have hearing loss. The environment of a moving vehicle is a cacophony of sensory stimulation; road and engine noise, wind noise if the windows are down, radio blaring, lively conversation, fluctuating light, and distracting scenery. It takes a lot of concentration for a HoH to hear and respond to speech in a car.