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Have you seen the Hearing Loop Sign?

These signs are starting to pop up more and more these days. This sign means if you have hearing aids or a cochlear implant with a T-Coil (and most hearing aids do these days) then you can get “looped”. Any venue, be it place of worship, theatre, meeting room or even your home can be looped. The loop system sends out the signal from the source directly to your hearing aids without all the background noise and no need for extra devices to be worn.

It works like this: a microphone picks up the spoken word(individual or from a TV); an amplifier which processes the signal and then sends it through the final piece; the loop cable, which is a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area and acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.

You can find a list of looped venues here in Florida by going to The Hearing Loss Association of Florida website at www.hla-fl.org. Here in Citrus County it has been slow to start but we are hoping it will start to pick up. As of right now Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church are the only venues in Citrus County.

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Dr. Angela Schenk, Gardner Audiologist

Dr. Angela Schenk, Gardner Audiologist

Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University