Hearing Loop Installed In the Sanctuary

The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY has installed a new Hearing Loop in the Sanctuary. A hearing loop is a wire that circles the room and is connected to the sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the telecoil in the hearing aid or cochlear implant.

To use a hearing loop, you flip on the t-switch on the hearing aid or cochlear implant to activate the telecoil. Usually, no additional receiver or equipment is needed. Using a telecoil and hearing loop together is seamless, and you don’t have to seek additional equipment. Hearing loops are also called audio-induction loops. If your hearing aid doesn’t have a telecoil, you will need a headset plugged into a loop receiver to achieve the same effect. (We have 6 receivers that can be used with the single ear sets or you can bring your own earbuds or small stereo headphones to plug in to them.)

If you have telecom equipped hearing aids, you will have to manually connect them to the system for them to work, unlike when you use them with your phone. If you need assistance in using the technology, Ray Howard will be available in the back of the sanctuary to advise and help you. Please remember this is still a project in progress and there is still some work to do to get it working optimally.