How Can We Promote Hearing Loops?“Yes, I have experienced these loops in hotel seminar and a church – they are wonderful. Wish they had them when I was in school – in college it was a real pickle to try to hear anything in the big lecture halls – basically I heard nothing – got by reading the books. Also would be nice if they were in movie theaters – I don’t go to them anymore – can’t understand it. The world would certainly be a better place for me if these were like all over.” C.H. Oshkosh, WI
1. Increase public awareness:
It is up to audiologists and the users of hearing instruments to make others aware that hearing loops are out there and that they can greatly improve the lives of listeners who are hearing impaired. Clergy, church administrators, movie theater management, owners of banquet facilities, retirement homes to name a few, all need to know that most users of hearing aids can benefit from hearing loops and that they are by far the preferred assistive listening system that is out there today and hearing aid users want them installed.
2. If you have benefited from a hearing loop in the past– ask for them when you experience hearing difficulty.
Click here for an advocacy card. Click here for a list of suggestions for audiologists on how to advocate for hearing loops. Click here for a list of suggestions for consumers on how to advocate for hearing loops. Watch a captioned webinar on how to foster hearing loops in a community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzaBalW57q4&feature=youtu.be
Share stories of how others have benefited from hearing loops. Click here for an article on hearing loops in Wisconsin Women magazine.
It is our opinion that nothing will change unless you, the person who is having difficulty hearing, stands up, complains and explains when you are having a problem. Do not “get by” or think that nothing can be done if you have difficulty hearing in a public place. If a microphone is used in a place with poor acoustics, a hearing loop may be of great help to you. To get to this “Brave New Looped World” where hearing loops are common, people must speak up. Print the advocacy card, carry it in your pocket. Give it to those businesses where you have problems hearing.
3. Report problems with any hearing loop to us