Some technologies are overtaken by new discoveries, but others just keep getting better. One such technology is hearing loops. The basic technology remains the same but improvements are being made over time. Modern hearing aids have not improved so much that people don’t need augmentation in meeting venues. It’s a bit like saying wheelchairs have improved so much we don’t need ramps. Hearing loops are not obsolete technology.
Andrew Stewart at Hearing Connections nicely addresses all the myths and misconceptions about hearing augmentation systems. He says that the hearing loop is still the most efficient and effective for users, and the most convenient for venue managers. Other systems are not popular because of additional equipment that needs to be worn or used, which singles users out from the crowd. Andrew also provides the BCA references at the end of the newsletter.
- Myth 1: Hearing aids have improved and sufficient by themselves
- Myth 2: Hearing loop systems are superseded by other technology
- Myth 3: The newer technology is better
- Myth 4: Use your smartphone as a receiver
- Myth 5: SoundField systems are the modern-day replacement
- Myth 6: Bluetooth is the answer
- Myth 7: Captions are good enough
An excellent resource for building designers and property managers.
Picture is of Sydney Centennial Hall (Town Hall). A hearing loop is installed.