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Churches/Places Of Worship

“Since the loop system has been installed in my Church, I have been attending regularly again. I now can understand the sermons.”
Mrs. R. Calvary Church – Oshkosh

Churches, mosques, and synagogues are ideal sites for loop systems. Microphones and public address systems are used and this clean voice signal can be easily picked up by the hearing loop.

See: Hearingloop.org – Places and Churches

We offer your church the Support you need to successfully go “live” with your hearing loop

  • Signage

  • Hand outs on “How to Hear in a Hearing Loop”

  • News release to send to the newspaper

  • Ready to print announcement for your church bulletin

With each installed hearing loop system, we will be available on the day your church goes “live” with the loop to answer parishioners’ questions, offer hands-on instruction and verify that the system works to the satisfaction of the end users.

Advantages of induction loops include:

  • Inconspicuous; no need to locate, check out, and wear a visible headset

  • Use of universal frequency that any T-coil equipped instrument can pick up

  • Eliminates hygienic concerns

  • Listeners use hearing instruments they own and as a result, the sound is optimized for their personal hearing loss and needs

  • Hearing loops are compatible with modern cochlear implants

  • Loop systems don’t require churches to purchase, maintain, and replace portable receiving units (though such can be purchased for those without suitably equipped hearing aids)
For all these reasons, loop systems are far more likely to be used – and increasingly used – once installed.

Why Use A Hearing Loop In A Church? The Sound Is Certainly Loud Enough!

Due to reverberation, distance to the sound source and the ambient noise intelligibility is often reduced. Increasing the loudness can make it more difficult for a hard of hearing person to understand the message. What is important is to increase the intensity of the signal (for example the sermon or other message) in proportion to the other noises. This means increasing the signal-to-noise or SNR ratio.

Persons with normal hearing, require an SNR of +6dB for a reasonable level of speech intelligibility. This represents quite a noisy background, and includes sounds such as reverberation, air conditioning, ventilation systems or background noise such as those associated with a crowd of people (coughing, whispering, rustling of paper and shuffling of feet).

Persons with hearing loss frequently need a +10dB signal-to-noise ratio or better because the loss of hearing is also associated with the brain’s neurological processing of information. Speech that is unfamiliar, fast spoken or without the use of visual clues (because of great distances in a worship area) will quickly affect this person’s ability to follow the message, resulting in the typical complaint: “I can hear but I cannot understand.”

When the signal-to-noise ratio drops below +6dB most persons with normal hearing can apply some effort to fully understand and follow the message. Users of even the most advanced digital hearing instruments will have to now apply so much effort that this level of attention and concentration can not be sustained for very long. The person with hearing loss will either give up trying (“I just can’t hear in church”) or worse yet: They stop attending services.

Hearing loops take the desired speech signal straight from the basic source (the microphone) and broadcast directly to the listener’s hearing aids. The signal at the listener’s ears is free from distance issues, reverberation and ambient noise interference. The SNR is now easily +15dB or +20dB and the person’s response usually is: “I can finally hear the sermon again.” but what they are really saying is that the speech is now intelligible enough to be understood.

Our experience is that even the most experienced and well adjusted hearing aid user is frequently surprised to find out how much better they understand the signal through a hearing loop in the church.

“The whole of the church is served by a hearing loop. Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting marked T.”

~ the first sentence spoken at the Westminster Abbey’s program for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Queen’s coronation, 2003 at Westminster Abby

“I am delighted to be able to use my hearing aids’ T-coil to hear everything in the service, often with more clarity and accuracy than even those with good hearing.” Ken Cook, Algoma Blvd United Methodist Church – Oshkosh, WI

Click here to print an informational brochure for your church

(Image used with permission Siegfried Karg)