Assistive Listening Systems, including Hearing loops
A Hearing Loop (using the Telecoil on the hearing aid or cochlear implant) is the single most popular form of hearing assistance, mainly because the user doesn't need to pick-up or wear an additional receiver. In addition, either Hearing Loops, or FM or Infrared systems are required in certain circumstances by the Australian Building Codes.
Many hearing aid manufacturers also have their own proprietary systems on their most expensive hearing aids, which cannot interact with other brands of hearing aids, or cheaper versions of the same brand of hearing aid.
So, no single solution is suitable for everyone with a hearing loss.
Therefore, Hearing Loop systems, combined with Open Mi (for Australian Sign Language users) and Open Captions is a combination that will cover the vast majority (if not all) people with hearing loss.
Deafness Forum also strongly recommends regular listening checks of any Hearing Augmentation System (Hearing Loop, FM or IR system) to ensure it is operating correctly.
FM or IR receivers must include both options of headphones and neck-loop as many people cannot use headphones with their hearing aids, and will instead use the neck-loop option with their Telecoil.
Further information may be found in the Australian Standard AS 1428.5-2010, and www.hearingloops.com.au
Audio-Frequency Induction Loop Systems, aka Hearing Loops
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.
The International Deafness Symbol is 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.