St. John's is proud to announce the installation and availability of a Hearing Loop system for our hearing impaired parishioners.
About the Hearing Loop System
Even with the most up-to-date technology, hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot completely separate important speech sounds from background noise; nor can they pick up all sounds from a distance such as a place of worship or a performance hall. Increasing the volume of your hearing aid or cochlear implant won't necessarily increase the clarity of what you hear. With those types of situations a hearing loop (or induction loop) system can make a big difference.
An Hearing Loop system is a wire connected to an electronic sound source that transmits the sound to a telecoil (t-coil). The wire can be connected to a public address system or any source that produces sound electronically. A hearing aid or cochlear implant equipped with a manually controlled t-coil program is needed to hear with a Hearing Loop system. The Hearing Loop system transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is picked up by the t-coil in the hearing aid or cochlear implant after the user has selected that program in their hearing aid or cochlear implant. For those hearing aids without a built-in telecoil, there might be an option to purchase an accessory from your hearing aid audiologist that will work with your brand of hearing aid and a Hearing Loop system. Many public places equipped with an Hearing Loop system also have separate headphone receivers that can be used with the system if your hearing aid is not t-coil compatible.
If you attend St. Johns and have t-coil equipped hearing aids or cochlear implant, give our new IL system a try!