Why Loop?

There are many settings in which a fixed or portable hearing loop can dramatically improve the quality and level of auditory understanding -- which leads to meaningful engagement and effective communications between all parties.

Examine your environment and ask yourself:
  • How often does my organization interact with the public?
  • What percentage of those people are 55 or older?
  • Is our staff able to identify those who are hard-of-hearing?
  • How many points of contact are there in my organization’s public spaces?
  • How important are those interactions to my success?

Hearing aids and cochlear implants amplify all sounds and work well in quiet spaces. Navigating the hearing world is a significant challenge for those who are hard-of-hearing, even with hearing aids, because of the background noise that is common in virtually all public spaces. Hearing loss is an invisible disability for people who do not typically call attention to their need for assistance. 
 
  • Over 48 million people in America suffer from some form of hearing loss. [Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2011]
  • As described in the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 2010 and endorsed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), a Hearing Loop is the only effective means of delivering audio directly to a hearing aid – by way of a ‘T-Coil’ which acts as an antenna.
  • 84 percent of HLAA members report having T-coils in their hearing aids.
  • Induction Loop installations have doubled in number over the past three years to over 5,000 locations in the United States. 
  • Hearing loops are cost-effective, seamless, unobtrusive, easy to use, require no special equipment, have low battery drain and conform to a universal standard (IEC 60118-4).

Hearing loops are the premium standard for ADA compliance, delivering crystal clear sound in noisy public environments. Seamless hearing loop solutions improve the ability to communicate for hard-of-hearing people in one-on-one, private conversations as well as in large group settings. 

Emcom's Assistive Listening Division works through a network of carefully selected installers to deliver induction loop solutions to hospitals, pharmacies, universities, museums, major retailers, performing arts venues, assisted living communities, libraries, court rooms, and medical offices.