The New London Library now has a hearing loop located at the checkout in the adult department of the library. A hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.
The loop system consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire imbedded in a sign at the desk acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
When a hearing aid user selects the ‘T’ setting; he or she can pick up the sounds spoken into the microphone at the desk instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This results in improved speech understanding because the listener receives a clear signal without any background noise.
This hearing loop was provided through a Wisconsin Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.