Hearing Loops for Places of Worship
Why Places of Worship need Hearing Loops
Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and other places of worship can provide particular listening challenges to individuals with hearing loss. High levels of reverberant sound in conjunction with background noise from sources such as air conditioning systems, nearby traffic and crowd sounds like coughing, whispering or rustling clothing can have a severe detrimental effect upon speech intelligibility, particularly in the absence of visual cues or contextual information. Although many places of worship use PA systems to ensure sound is loud enough throughout the venue, loud does not necessarily mean clear, particularly for individuals with hearing loss.
Best for Everyone
Although other solutions, such as infra-red or radio frequency assertive listening devices can be effective, they also require maintenance between uses, can be bulky, conspicuous to wear, and are incompatible with cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids. Conversely, Hearing Loops work discreetly with the listeners’ own hearing devices and therefore maintenance and operating costs are low. Users do not have the inconvenience of needing to borrow and return a device. They can receive a signal from the hearing loop optimized to their own pattern of hearing.
Installation of a Hearing Loop in a place of worship is straightforward. In most cases the signal from the existing sound system can be used as the audio source for the loop amplifier. The Hearing Loop itself can be fitted unobtrusively under carpet, behind baseboards, or around the edge of the room or seating area. We can supply microphones to venues that do not have a sound system and we also offer loop receiver headsets for individuals with hearing loss who would like to use the Hearing Loop but prefer not to wear hearing aids.
How Hearing Now USA Can Help
If you believe your place of worship would benefit from a Hearing Loop,
Hearing Now USA would be happy to arrange a free on-site demonstration using a temporary loop during one of your events. Any and all areas of a place of worship can usually be looped to assist the entire membership with better hearing.
For more information or to arrange for a demonstration call us at 855.LOOP.NOW (855.566.7669) or email us at:info@HearingNowUSA.com