On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, a hearing loop was installed in the main level of the sanctuary.
This loop will those folks with hearing aids (with t-coils) will hear anything projected into a microphone with better clarity and less ambient noise. For those who struggle with hearing but do not have hearing aids, you can still enjoy the benefits of the loop by bringing your own earbuds or headphones and then ask for a loop listener from one of the ushers.
It is estimated that hearing loss affects as much as 17% of the adult population, a number that continues to rise with our ageing population. With such a large portion of the public suffering from hearing loss, it is becoming more and more important that we address their needs and utilize technology in ways that help them feel included. These advances in technology now allow us to use ‘Hearing Loops’ to ensure that those with hearing loss can take part in the world around them.
WHAT IS A HEARING LOOP?
A Hearing Loop allows a wireless audio signal to be sent directly to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and Hearing Loop receivers, essentially turning them into personalized wireless loudspeakers.
Those with T-Coil enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants just need to flip a switch to get the audio signal sent straight to their hearing device, greatly reducing the impact of background noise and increasing their ability to take part in the world around them.