Hearing Loops: A Guide to Best Practice

Hearing Loops: A Guide to Best Practice

Why Hearing Loops?

Every day millions of hearing aid users utilise Assistive Listening Devices to access equal auditory information within airports, lecture halls, theatres, points of sales and anywhere they are required to access audio services.

Despite digital advancements modern hearing aids are still primarily designed for 1 to 1 communications over short distances, making the separation of environmental background noise in busy environments from the sound that the user wishes to hear difficult or impossible, with any distance to the sound source, such as a speaker, exacerbating the problem.

To enable people with hearing loss to have an equal experience, it is essential that they are provided with equal access to the same information and communication as hearing people.

For example arrival and departure broadcasts or point of sales areas need to assist those with an auditory disability.

Statistics from around the world reveal that approximately 15% of the population experience some form of hearing loss, and that around 1 in 4 of those people will be using hearing aids.

This significant section of our society is protected by anti-discrimination legislation (varies dependent on each country) which requires service providers to make reasonable adjustments to their services to cater for them using ‘Assistive Listening’ technology. 

The only suitable Assistive Listening technology that is transient and doesn't require the handing out of receivers, is a Hearing Loop - as Hearing Loops function by connecting directly to the users own receiver, their hearing aid.

Facility operators can find themselves in an actionable position if there is no service provision that is of a genuine benefit to those with hearing loss. The measurable performance of a Hearing Loop is defined in the IEC 60118-4 Standard, so it is imperative that a well-designed and fully functional system is installed.

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