Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit among humans.

48 Million Americans are affected. Loss may occur at any age, with or without warning.

Most common questions about hearing loss and solutions:

Is clarity of sound and joyful hearing in noisy public spaces possible? 
Yes! Assistive listening technology incorporating audio induction loop amplifiers, copper coil loops and telecoils make both possible!

Who is screened for hearing loss?
Children are routinely screened for hearing loss. From the age of 18 to 65, screening is not mandatory.

If left untreated, what happens?
Untreated hearing loss is linked to an increased rate of cognitive decline and dementia.

Can hearing loss be prevented?
Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented.

Hearing Aids

Better made now than ever before, hearing aids amplify sounds very well within a 6′ radius and in quiet spaces. In larger, noisy spaces with varied acoustic properties, hearing aids can distort critical sounds of speech and amplify background noises.

About 82% of hearing aids are equipped with a telecoil for receiving the audio signal generated by an audio induction loop system. 100% of cochlear implants have a built-in telecoil. The “T” in the lower right corner of the international symbol seen below tells people that they are in a “looped” space and can switch their hearing device to the “T” or “Telecoil” setting to hear more clearly.

All brands of hearing aids and cochlear implants are capable of working with an audio induction loop system. Some manufacturers offer controls over hearing aids within phone-based applications. See video below for one such example, Live Listen by Apple.

Hearing Loops

In noisy public spaces, the joy of an audio experience & ability to understand speech clearly is possible, even with hearing aids or cochlear implants.  Audio Induction (Hearing) Loop amplifiers deliver crystal clear sound to the telecoil (T-Coil) within the majority of hearing devices worn in the U.S.

Campaigns to raise funds for the installation of a hearing loop are effective and serve as celebrations of a community’s desire to be inclusive of those with hearing loss.


Owners & Operators of Public Spaces: Learn more about ADA compliance and inclusivity for those with hearing loss on this page,  ADA Compliance & Inclusivity.