Trinity Cathedral has an induction loop in the main part of the Cathedral nave. Those who have hearing aids with a manual tele-coil setting can use this setting to hear directly from the microphones, eliminating background noise, echo and more.
Audio Loop Solutions has also provided the following information on induction loops:
How does it help?
Those with hearing loss, with or without a hearing aid, have difficulty hearing in a situation with just one of the following conditions:
- Background noise
- Distant loudspeakers
An induction loop system eliminates the impact of these by delivering only the desired signal directly to the hearing aid of the wearer.
What is an induction loop system?
Many people may not have heard of induction loops, and do not have any idea of the great help an induction loop system can be in compensating for an audio disability.
If a hearing aid user switches their hearing aid to the telecoil (T) position, the telecoil receives the loop signal and the hearing aid converts it into sound. The magnetic field within the looped area is strong enough to allow a hearing aid user to move freely within the looped area and still receive clear sound at a comfortable listening level. No headset or receiver is required.
Most hearing aids are fitted with a telecoil. This allows a hearing aid user to switch to the telecoil (T) setting on their hearing aid, and receive “sound” via an induction loop coil, which is built into the hearing aid. The telecoil greatly increases the intelligibility of speech for a hearing aid user and they are the preferred assistive listening technology.
If the hearing aid does not have a telecoil, an induction loop receiver or neck-loop CAN be used to receive the signal. However, once exposed to the advantages of the telecoil, very few hearing aid users elect to continue use of a receiver or neck-loop. Assistive technology use increases when the stigma of announcing a disability is eliminated and there are no hygiene issues to be considered.
Induction loops have been endorsed by the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Academy of Audiologists since 2010.