Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Loop System

Popular in Western Europe, the loop hearing system is now making inroads in the U.S. The technology allows hearing aid users to get signals sent right to their device. When you see a blue sign of a human ear, that's a cue to hearing aid users that they can press a tiny button to listen. A thin copper wire that radiates electromagnetic signals in a room. A tiny receiver called a telecoil built into most hearing aids and cochlear implants picks up the signal. This might be music, sound from a movie, or a speaker. The advantage of a loop system isn't volume but the minimization of environmental sounds. You'll find the loop system at a growing number of stadiums including Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in New York, Target Field in Minneapolis, and TD Ameritrade Park (the home field of the College World Series) in Omaha, Nebraska.

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