We are excited to announce that the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is hosting an unmissable event! The HLAA is a consumer advocate group determined to bring equity and inclusion to all experiencing hearing loss. Join us on Thursday September 30th at 9am for Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens’ presentation, “Induction Hearing Loops and How They Improve Hearing for Hearing Aid Wearers & Cochlear Implant Recipients.” Dr. Sterkens is a Hearing Loop advocate, and she will be available for an informative Q&A after the presentation.
As most of us know, even with hearing aids set at all the right parameters, it can still be difficult to understand what is being said. This is especially true in large, open areas with large crowds. Most people mistakenly think that hearing loss is a problem with loudness, often it’s about clarity. It’s about separating the sounds they want to hear from the sounds they don’t want to hear.
People with hearing loss will often say they can hear you, but they cannot understand you. Distance from the sound source, reverberation, and ambient noise in a room can make it more difficult to distinguish speech . Places like houses of worship, concert venues, auditoriums, courtroom, or airports can be especially challenging, but induction hearing loops can help!
The good news is, there is a way to handle this issue. In fact, it’s already hidden in hearing aids out there! Telecoil and induction hearing loop technology have been available for some time. While almost all hearing aid and cochlear hearing devices are equipped with the receptor, many public places have yet to add the hearing loop to their construction – this is where advocacy comes in. The more people who join the mission to make public places more accessible to the hearing impaired, the better our chances of making it happen in our communities.
What you Can Do
Come to Dr. Sterkens’ presentation: Thursday September, 30th, 9am in Longmont. In it, you’ll learn more about this simple and revolutionary technology. You’ll also be able to experience the clarity of induction hearing loops, check your hearing aid for telecoil activation, and discover how you can help the locations you frequent the most more accessible for the hearing impaired. RSVP by September 27th to us here at Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center, and we’ll see you there!