Churches/Places Of Worship
"Since the loop system has been installed in my Church, I have been attending
David Myers PhD makes an eloquent case for the use of hearing loops.
What does your church need to successfully go "live" with the hearing loop? Email us for information.
Advantages of induction loops include:
Why Use A Hearing Loop In A Church? The Sound Is Certainly Loud Enough!
Due to reverberation, distance to the sound source and the ambient noise intelligibility is often reduced. Increasing the loudness can make it more difficult for a hard of hearing person to understand the message. What is important is to increase the intensity of the signal (for example the sermon or other message) in proportion to the other noises. This means increasing the signal-to-noise or SNR ratio.
Persons with normal hearing, require an SNR of +6dB for a reasonable level of speech intelligibility. This represents quite a noisy background, and includes sounds such as reverberation, air conditioning, ventilation systems or background noise such as those associated with a crowd of people (coughing, whispering, rustling of paper and shuffling of feet).
Persons with hearing loss frequently need a +10dB signal-to-noise ratio or better because the loss of hearing is also associated with the brain's neurological processing of information. Speech that is unfamiliar, fast spoken or without the use of visual clues (because of great distances in a worship area) will quickly affect this person’s ability to follow the message, resulting in the typical complaint: “I can hear but I cannot understand.”
When the signal-to-noise ratio drops below +6dB most persons with normal hearing can apply some effort to fully understand and follow the message. Users of even the most advanced digital hearing instruments will have to now apply so much effort that this level of attention and concentration can not be sustained for very long. The person with hearing loss will either give up trying (“I just can’t hear in church”) or worse yet: They stop attending services.
Hearing loops take the desired speech signal straight from the basic source (the microphone) and broadcast directly to the listener’s hearing aids. The signal at the listener’s ears is free from distance issues, reverberation and ambient noise interference. The SNR is now easily +15dB or +20dB and the person’s response usually is: “I can finally hear the sermon again.” but what they are really saying is that the speech is now intelligible enough to be understood.
Our experience is that even the most experienced and well adjusted hearing aid user is frequently surprised to find out how much better they understand the signal through a hearing loop in the church. Read more in an excellent article by Stephen Frazier in Sound&Communications magazine that explains why Louder is NOT better.
"I am delighted to be able to use my hearing aids' T-coil to hear everything in the service, often with more clarity and accuracy than even those with good hearing." Ken Cook, Algoma Blvd United Methodist Church - Oshkosh, WI
Click here for a copy of the Technologies for Worship Magazine that mentions our efforts in the Fox Valley.
Click here for an informative article in the Technologies for Worship Magazine September 2013 Issue.
Click here Click here for an article in the Church Executive Magazine September 2013 Issue.
"The whole of the church is served by a hearing loop. Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting marked T."
~ the first sentence spoken at the Westminster Abbey's program for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Queen's coronation, 2003 at Westminster Abby
Click here to print an informational brochure to be used once a loop has been installed in your church.
Click here to print an informational brochure with FAQs about loop systems. This brochure can be used to explain how a loop system would benefit a church, temple or fellowship hall.
(Image used with permission Siegfried Karg)