Our Hearing Loop

Providing better hearing at Beth Jacob

PLEASE INFORM THE RABBI THAT YOU WILL BE USING THE HEARING LOOP, and ask her to ensure the the microphone is used whenever possible.   The sound system cannot “hear” anything that the microphone can’t hear.

Our Capabilities

Our hearing loop provides coverage in the sanctuary, the downstairs, and even some outdoor areas.

It provides for better hearing through your hearing aid or implant, when using the “T” (Telecoil) setting. You may need to have your audiologist enable the T-coil in your device.

We have a stand-alone receiver that can be borrowed, if you don’t have a T-Coil equipped device.

The loop “broadcasts” everything that is played into our PA speakers. This includes everything the microphone picks up as well a movie sound tracks, etc. Our wireless microphones can be picked up from the lower level. Let us know if you want to use the loop so we can be more careful to use the microphones properly, or to set up for use in the lower level.

Information from the American Academy of Audiology

A hearing loop provides enhanced functionality for hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Even with the most up-to-date technology, hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot completely separate important sounds from background noises. Likewise, they do not pick up all sounds from a distance such as those in a performance hall, a place of worship or even a home TV viewed from across the room. In such difficult listening settings, hearing (induction) loops are often a solution.

A hearing loop is a wire connected to an electronic sound source that transmits sound to the telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. A hearing loop can discreetly surround a room, a chair in your home, or can be worn around the neck. Hearing loops can be connected to a public-address system, a living room TV, a telephone (land line and cellular), or any source that produces sound electronically.

A hearing aid and most cochlear implants equipped with a manually controlled T-switch is needed to hear in a hearing loop. The telecoil, also called t-coil, receives the signal from the loop and turns it back into sound in the hearing aid, often eliminating much of the background noise. The listener then hears only the sounds they desire such as: speech from a pulpit, a stage, a telephone conversation, or the television.

Hearing loops can double hearing aid and cochlear implant functionality. Using the telecoil in conjunction with a hearing loop is a cost-effective way to improve the usability of your hearing aid or cochlear implant. The telecoil can also be used in conjunction with a variety of wireless or hand-held hearing assistive listening devices.