Hearing aids are a fantastic tool for people with hearing loss that lets them stay more connected to their loved ones and engage with their communities. However, there are still environments where you may find you struggle, even when using hearing aids.
In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the percentage of adults with hearing difficulties, even when using a hearing aid, increased with age.
One specific area of difficulty can be large public events, where background noise can make it difficult. The good news is that hearing aid technology, like telecoil, can help make it easier to be more connected at large events.
Use Telecoil and Loop Systems to Enhance Your Listening Experience
A telecoil is a small copper antenna that’s found in most hearing aids. Telecoil acts as a receiver that picks up electromagnetic signals from hearing loop systems. Hearing loop systems consist of a sound source (such as a public address system), an amplifier, a loop of wire (hearing loop) and the telecoil. Using loop systems can help transmit sounds from a public sound system directly into your hearing aids or cochlear implant.
Where Can I Use Telecoil?
Originally, telecoil technology was developed to improve the clarity of phone calls for people with hearing loss. However, it was expanded to be used in hearing loop systems and now can be found at places like:
- Public transportation locations like airports and bus stations
- Convention centers like the Amarillo Civic Center Complex
- Places of worship
- Lecture halls
You can usually find information online about whether or not a space you are going to has hearing loop systems and/or telecoil capability. They will also have signs on the premises to let visitors know.
The sign will be a white outline of an ear on a blue background with a large white line running diagonally through the ear. If there is a “T” in the lower right corner, that means that it will work with your hearing aid’s telecoil.
Does My Hearing Aid Have It?
Not all hearing aids have telecoils. Specifically, smaller hearing aids that fit completely within the ear canal don’t have enough space within the device. If your current hearing aids don’t have a telecoil, but you feel as though it would be beneficial for you, ask your audiologist about your options.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact Amarillo Hearing Clinic today.