If you have hearing loss you’ll know the experience of being in a hall, unable to hear what’s going on. To help, many venues are now being equipped with hearing loops. Most hearing aids have a ‘T switch’ that picks up sound from the loop. They can make an amazing difference.
The hearing loop is a wire laid round an area and connected to a microphone through an amplifier. The magic happens when you turn your T switch on and the microphone transmits sound directly into your hearing aid. In a church, auditorium, railway station, ticket office or any place which has a working loop, you can turn your T switch on and hear clearly.
The two enemies of the hearing impaired – distance from the speaker and background noise – are defeated by a loop.
We are keen on promoting loops and developing a system for reporting loops that do not work.
If you see a sign for a loop, perhaps in the National Museum of Australia or Canberra Connect, and you have a T switch then you should turn on the T switch on your hearing aid and check that the loop works. Please let the staff now if it doesn’t. They will be only too happy – the more people that use it the better.
The international Loop symbol shows where a loop is installed.