Hearing Loop

Resurrection Parish installed a hearing loop in September 2019. The hearing loop was installed in the sanctuary and around all the pews in church. (One needs to be sitting in the pews or in the sanctuary in order for the hearing loop to work.) It does not extend to the church gathering area or in the church social space.

The hearing loop is set up to eliminate background noise and provide distortion-free speech and sound to T-coil equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants by using a safe magnetic field. We have provided cards at the tables in the back of church, which you should give to your audiologist to activate the T-coil in your hearing aid. If you do not have a T-coil, many hearing aids can be retrofitted with a T-coil. If you cannot find the information please ask an usher for assistance.

Resurrection Church also provides loop listeners which, with the use of earbuds or headphones, allow people who do not wear hearing aids to listen to clear, intelligible audio from the hearing loop.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARING LOOPS

What Is a Hearing Loop?
Hearing loops deliver intelligible, distortion-free speech and sound wirelessly to T-coil equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants by using a safe magnetic field. This type of hearing assistance is the BEST solution in places where distance, ambient noise, and challenging acoustics otherwise make listening and understanding with hearing aids and cochlear implants virtually impossible. Hearing loops greatly diminish or eliminate background noise entirely! Your hearing aids become your wireless hearing assistance delivering customized audio directly into your hearing aids. Hear everything clearly without background noise!

How Does a Hearing Loop Work?
Hearing loops consist of a special amplifier and a hidden copper wire that transmits sound via a magnetic field. The hidden loop wire creates a “looped zone” in any size venue, from a large auditorium to a taxi. The loop wire sends the magnetic signal to any hearing aid equipped with a telecoil within the looped area. A telecoil, or T-coil, is a small, inexpensive coil of wire inside a hearing aid that allows it to become a wireless audio receiver. The sign shown in the graphic below indicates a room or venue has a hearing loop. Hearing aids work with loops certified to meet IEC Standard 60118-4 anywhere around the globe.

Does my hearing aid have a T-coil?
Most people do not know if their hearing aid is equipped with a T-coil. Most BTE (behind the ear) and RIC (receiver in the canal) hearing aids come equipped with a telecoil, or “T-coil.” Call your audiologist or hearing aid provider to learn if your hearing aids have a T-coil. Many hearing aids can be retrofitted with a T-coil for a modest price.

How do I turn on my T-coil?
Your audiologist or hearing aid provider will “activate” or “turn on” your T-coil and customize the settings for your unique listening needs. To use: Select the hearing aid program with the button or switch on your hearing aid. Many people use their cell phone to turn the T-coil on/off.

What is Bluetooth? What does this have to do with hearing aids?
Hearing aids that connect to smartphones via Bluetooth allow the user to stream calls and music directly from a cell phone or tablet to their hearing aids, amplifying sound and cutting out background noise. Bluetooth can also be used to control programs in a hearing aid.

What is a loop listener?
Loop listeners are typically provided by a venue and allow people who do not wear hearing aids to listen to clear, intelligible audio from the hearing loop. A loop listener is a T-coil in a box with a volume control. A lanyard worn around the neck is attached to the loop listener to keep the T-coil in a vertical orientation.

Accessories to plug into a loop listener:

  • Earbuds that have the standard mini plug as used with i-Pods, MP3 players and cell phones can be used.
  • Ear speakers are popular and rest outside the ear on the upper and lower earlobes.
  • Lightweight headphones can be used.
    Note: Many people prefer to own their own listening accessory for sanitary reasons. People can purchase their own listening accessories such as earbuds, ear speakers, or lightweight headphones.

Will my hearing aids work with loops anywhere?
Hearing aids work with loops certified to meet IEC Standard 60118-4 anywhere around the globe.