An induction loop system enables the hearing impaired to hear more clearly, filters out ambient noise and improves room acoustics to the hearing instrument user.
A hearing induction loop can be installed in very large facilities like theaters, churches or stadiums or in small areas such as teller windows, pharmacy checkout counters and doctors’ offices. There is an endless list of areas and facilities that have been and will be installing hearing loops. Loop systems are being used worldwide and do need to meet an international standard. The Engineering of Loop designs are unique for each venue. The audio (induction) loop is a wire that attaches to an amplifier that creates a magnetic field that broadcasts sound directly to those who are within the loop and have hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with telecoils. When the sound is broadcasted, it delivers clear, pure, undistorted speech directly into the ear which helps relieve hearing fatigue.
Americans With Disabilities Act requires places of public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, convention centers, retail stores, shopping centers, dry cleaners, laundry mats, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, museums, libraries, parks, zoos, private schools, amusement parks, , day care centers, health spas, and bowling alleys to accommodate the hearing impaired by incorporating Assistive Listening Devices in new construction and in renovations to facilities of private companies providing goods or services to the public. The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for building and venues require buildings with fixed seating for 50 or more persons need to “have a permanently installed assistive listening system” as well as signs that need to be “installed to notify patrons”.