Many buildings and telephones are ‘looped’. They have special facilities for hearing impaired people who wear a hearing aid that is fitted with a T-switch (or telecoil). This T-switch on your aid may help you to hear speakers or programs more clearly - via an electronic hearing loop - especially if there is background noise.
Audio-Frequency Induction Loop Systems, aka Hearing Loops
These loops are often installed in meeting rooms, places of worship, schools, nursing homes, shops and cinemas.
Users with a T-switch on their hearing aids do not require a receiver to benefit from the loop.
The International Deafness Symbol is often displayed to indicate the presence of a hearing loop.
Why should my organisation have one?
Under the Disability Discrimination Act, you must provide access for people with a disability so that they can participate in the same way as someone without a disability.
If I have one, what should I do?
Display the International Deafness Symbol wherever a hearing loop is installed. Take this link to learn about the Symbol.
Advertise your hearing loop on your website, Yellow Pages and in your general media advertising.
Who do I talk to install or repair a hearing loop?
The following providers are members of Deafness Forum.