About

Member has chosen to not make this information public.

Groups (1)

Pages

Member not yet following any Pages.

Posts (19)

Sep 16, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

Thank you for your response. You are not alone. If you depend on hearing aids or implants it could be very helpful to know how to make your devices work with hearing loops that are installed in public spaces. Attached is the "request-for-info" card that was created by the HLAA. The link to HLAA from maryjax is full of resources. That's the national site for Hearing Loss Assoc of America and you can also find out if there is a local chapter near you.

Sep 11, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

A friend of ours, an audiologist, tells us that the auditorium in the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA is looped. I've forwarded the question to someone who can post your question to a listserv within the VA, anonymously. Will keep you in the "loop" and let you know when I hear back. 🙂

Sep 11, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

Not to my knowledge but I will find out! It's a really good question.

Sep 3, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

Welcome! This conversation has no expiration date 🙂 and I hope that sharing experiences will help everyone affected and everyone who could make a big difference. Personally, I tried to pilot a desktop loop program at a VA Hosp (Audiology Dept.) in south Florida and at the last minute, was told, "No can do" with no explanation. It's a shame; there are so many senior vets living down here and from what I have heard at audiology conferences – most interns at VA Clinics "always include the telecoil." Younger docs expect wireless solutions that are simple and effective?? Maybe that will help, eventually.

Sep 3, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

Thank you for your feedback. The amount of confusion/lack of awareness is, unfortunately, fairly common but there are many people at HLAA working to change this, nationally and locally.

This past June, the "Get in the Hearing Loop" campaign committee of HLAA introduced a tool kit for all advocates and users of hearing loops. Three popular postcards can be reprinted for anyone's use. They cover
— how to access an installed hearing loop with your hearing aid;
— what to ask your audiologist about telecoil activation and
— what to say to the owner/manager of a public space that is not yet looped.

The full kit with PDFs for downloads is here: https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/get-hearing-loop/hearing-loop-toolkit/

Jul 24, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

It can be frustrating. Knowing that you have a telecoil is only good if you have looped spaces. With regard to costs, the range is very wide. A counter-top loop for 1-to-1 conversations is well under $1000 and requires no installation. Depending upon the size of a room, a full room loop can be anywhere from $1500 to over $10k. Seems like a lot to ask of businesses — but there is a federal tax credit available for this work, and there are many benefits for customers/patients/visitors and the employees who need to communicate with them.

Jul 15, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

First step is absolutely to see your audiologist and make adjustments to see which will help the most. It may take more than one visit but is worth it. 🙂 IF and when you want to share information on looping, visit the new "tool kit" of resources from HLAA: https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-loop-toolkit/ — for a sample letter, note cards, info. sheet, etc.

Jul 15, 2019 · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

There are a few listed in the Harris Catalog and you could purchase one, and carry it with you…but your best bet may be to contact a local hearing loop designer/installer because it is typically a B2B (business-to-business) transaction. (The general public doesn't pay for wheelchair ramps – and should not have to pay for hearing loop installs.) See this site for some ideas or let me know where you are located. http://www.hearingloop.org/vendors.htm This site is published by Dr. Myers, a super-champion of looping in the US.