Hearing Loops help hearing aid and cochlear implant users hear speech clearly and without background noise

With the flip of the hearing aid’s telecoil switch, any sound distance between a speaker on a podium and the listener in a looped venue is eliminated, allowing the hearing aid user to hear the speaker clearly, with ease and without background noise.
Adults with hearing loss in the US.

This website is meant to give you the means to hear better with hearing aids you already own. Better hearing than you ever thought possible! Yes, there is hope for most users to hear better in places where sound is broadcast, be it in your TV room, place of worship, theaters or meeting rooms. I dare say, you may hear better in a hearing loop than the normal hearing person sitting next to you! Read the “Testimonials” of other hearing aid users. If this sounds like it could help you, read more on “How to promote hearing loops” or email me. Sign up for the Wisconsin Hearing Loss Association newsletter by clicking here: newsletter. Be sure to explore the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Get in the Hearing Loop (GITHL) toolkit with a plethora of looping resources here!

Welcome to my hearing loop information website

For many, hearing aids, no matter how new the hearing aid or cochlear implant technology, how well they were fitted and how well they work in quiet and intimate situations, do not (and cannot) provide effective assistance when listening from a distance, both in quiet and in noise. This is not the fault of the technology inside the hearing aid – this is due to the physics of sound and often due to the very nature of hearing loss. That is where hearing loops can be of great help. Telecoils are the easiest to use when they are built into the hearing aid or cochlear implant.  Some hearing aid companies allow the consumer to retroactively make the hearing aid or cochlear implant hearing loop compatible via a wireless accessory with a built-in telecoil (Starkey, Widex and Cochlear & Resound).  Headset loop listeners can also give those without hearing aids access to the hearing loop signals.  

I am glad you found my website. Please read the “Information for Audiologists” and please contact me for handouts and materials for use in your office. I want to help you get your community in the (hearing) loop! 
If you want to make your

church, temple, library or venue more accessible for people with hearing loss

I am happy to help. May I suggest you start reading the “Information for Churches or businesses?” Or read my blog. If you have questions or would like a reprint of an article,

Hearing loop and assistive listening technology

Quality Sound

A hearing loop sends sound directly to the telecoil receiver in a user’s hearing device. The system eliminates most background noise and greatly improves understanding of speech and music. Additionally, the sound received is customized by each user’s unique hearing instrument.

Better Hygiene

For people with hearing aids and cochlear devices, there is also no concern over the sanitation issues associated with wearing headsets or ear buds provided by venues and worn by other users.

Easy to Use

To hear clearly, individuals simply switch their devices to the telecoil program and automatically receive clear customized sound. There is no need to arrive early, stand in line, or wait to return equipment after an event or meeting.

Want to start a hearing loop initiative in your community?

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National links to help you loop your community:

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Hearing Loops in houses of worship, auditoriums, conference rooms, theaters, pharmacies, libraries and retirement communities ensures everyone has access to good sound and can hear with ease!

Find a list of places that offer hearing loops in Wisconsin.

Find a sample list of places that offer hearing loops in the country.

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I will try to answer any questions you may have
about hearing loops, hearing aids and telecoils and and how to loop your community. You can contact me via jsterkens@hearingloss.org or by clicking the link below.

Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens



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