In certain circumstances with excessive background and competing noise, receiving sound may prove difficult even with a hearing aid, for which there is a solution: the hearing loop.
Though hearing loops have been around for decades, and are widely found globally, they are growing in popularity in the United States. A hearing (induction) loop is a loop of wire placed around a room (or in a certain design) that is plugged into an amplifier which creates a magnetic field. This magnetic signal is then sent to the T-coil in a hearing aid for clear sound without interference. This direct feed eliminates the distractions of background noise and competing noise while watching television.
Residential hearing loops are excellent options to connect your hearing aid to your home entertainment system. Homes can be noisy places, especially ones with open floor plans connecting family or TV rooms to kitchens. Above the clatter of pots, pans, and various conversations, the sounds coming from your home entertainment systems face a lot of competition. Easy to install, and discreet aesthetically, residential hearing loops are a great alternative to some other types of assistive listening devices. They do not require further operation or set up from the initial installation of the copper wire and connection to your home entertainment system. At the same time, the ease of operation is attractive: simply switch your hearing aid setting to telecoil and immediately receive sound signals through the magnetic field.
For more information on whether your hearing aid is equipped with a telecoil, or to learn more about installing a hearing loop in your home, as well as information on public hearing loop systems, visit us at the Hearing and Tinnitus Center of Estes Valley.