Trinity provides a hearing assistance system in our sancturary. The hearing loop system eliminates extraneous noise or blurring of the sound with distance from the sound source. It's as if you are in a sound-proof room and the speaker is directly in front of you. After experiencing the capability, a member of the congregation remarked, "Wow, what a difference! I didn't know what I was missing all these years."
The system is called an "induction loop" or "hearing loop" and, when coupled with a "T-coil" (telecoil)-enabled hearing aid or T-coil enabled cochlear implant, provides a greatly-enhanced listening experience. Anyone with some hearing loss but no hearing aid also can benefit from the system using a small receiver device and headphones or ear-buds. In the Health Section of the February 28th edition of the Washington Post, there was an article regarding how hearing loop systems are now available in the Kennedy Center and in Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
The system at Trinity is operational within the first nine rows in the sanctuary on the side where the piano and organ are located. Trinity has 3 receiver and headphone systems available for anyone who would like to experience this capability. Please contact one of the pastors or ushers prior to a worship service. If you have T-coil enabled hearing aids, the only action you need to take is to make sure the T-coil switch is in the on position.
In its 2009/2010 reviews of hearing aid models, the Hearing Review Products reported that 126 of 183 (69%) hearing aid models, including all 38 in-the-ear models and 29 of 30 conventional behind-the-ear models, come with T-coils. However, the T-coil capability embedded in many hearing aids has never been activated because the technology is not widespread in the U.S. Many hearing aids also offer a setting for a simultaneous mic and T-coil (MT) setup. In settings where one wishes both inputs, the MT setting is useful. If you have a hearing aid and want to take advantage of this capability, contact your hearing aid provider to determine if your hearing aid has this capability, and if so, ask that it be activated. Many T-coil hearing aids permit you to activate or turn off the capability depending upon the situation, so check to see if your hearing aid has such a switch.
Additional information can be obtained from www.hearingloop.org. Click here for an informative article on how some churches are "putting hearing-impaired in the loop".
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