Hearing Loss Affects All of Us

Hearing Impairment is the most common sensory deficit among humans.

48 million Americans are directly affected. Hearing loss may occur at any age, with or without warning. Half of people over 65 and two-thirds of U.S. veterans are hearing impaired.

In a relatively quiet environment, hearing aids and cochlear implants provide amplified sound and better comprehension within a 3′ range. The range of a Bluetooth streaming device is up to 10′ and delivers an audio signal to one user at a time.

Is clarity of sound and comprehension possible in large, noisy spaces of public accommodation? 

Yes, clarity and comprehension are possible in spaces of public accommodation. Beyond Bluetooth, there is a wireless, seamless solution that works with ALL brands of personal hearing devices — indoors and outdoors — from lobbies and conference rooms to theaters, concert halls and stadiums. One single audio source can deliver clear sound to all people in a space that has been “looped.”

Looped? What does that mean and how does it work?

A space that has been “looped” contains an audio induction loop system that brings clear, filtered sound directly to listeners’ telecoil-enabled hearing aids, cochlear implants or a telecoil reciever — improving  clarity and comprehension. For one-to-one conversations the loop is small and may be portable. For one-to-many, in larger spaces, the loop amplifier connects to a mic or PA system and the loop wire is typically installed under flooring or overhead.

What does Audio Directions provide for people who depend on effective communications, at home, school, work and play?

The consumer-preferred assistive hearing technology and the staff training needed to implement systems successfully provide ADA compliance and inclusivity in all spaces of public accommodation.

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