We are very excited to be commissioning our new hearing loop on Sunday, April 15th. The hearing loop, which has been made possible by a gift in memory of Lois Kuespert, will help persons who use hearing aids that are equipped with T-coils hear sounds from our sound system directly and clearly in their hearing aids because it reduces or cuts out background noise.
A hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting. The loop system consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; and the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a room or sanctuary to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
If you wear hearing aids you will need to find out if you have a wireless telecoil receiver in your hearing aids (most do, although that feature is not always turned on.) The t-coil program is sometimes called the telephone program. If there is a push button on your instrument it is likely the telecoil program is an option but it may not have been activated by your audiologist.
Please contact your audiologist to find out if your instruments have the telecoils or email: Wisconsin hearing loop advocate Dr. Juliette Sterkens:
Hearing assist receivers are also available for individuals who do not have hearing aids but need additional hearing support. These can be found at the ushers stand in the narthex.
Elizabeth Gorman, Clinical & Educational Audiologist from Agnesian HealthCare will be at church on Sunday (April 15th) to answer questions related to the hearing loop. Elizabeth will be available in the sanctuary following both the 8 am and 10:30 am services as well as at 10:15 am.