Audio Directions – Get in the Hearing Loop

 

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit among humans.

48 Million Americans are affected. Loss may occur at any age, with or without warning.

Most common questions about hearing loss and solutions:

Is clarity of sound and joyful hearing in noisy public spaces possible? 
Yes! Assistive listening technology incorporating audio induction loop amplifiers, copper coil loops and telecoils make both possible!

Who is screened for hearing loss?
Children are routinely screened for hearing loss. From the age of 18 to 65, screening is not mandatory.

If left untreated, what happens?
Untreated hearing loss is linked to an increased rate of cognitive decline and dementia.

Can hearing loss be prevented?
Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented.

 

Hearing Aids

Better made now than ever before, hearing aids amplify sounds very well within a 6′ radius and in quiet spaces. In larger, noisy spaces with varied acoustic properties, hearing aids can distort critical sounds of speech and amplify un-important, background noises.

 

Hearing Solutions

In noisy public spaces, the joy of an audio experience & ability to understand speech clearly is possible, even with hearing aids or cochlear implants.  Audio Induction (Hearing) Loop amplifiers deliver crystal clear sound to the telecoil (T-Coil) within the majority of hearing devices worn in the U.S.

Campaigns to raise funds for the installation of a hearing loop are effective and serve as celebrations of a community’s desire to be inclusive of those with hearing loss.

 

 


Amplifiers & Loops

Counter-Top Amplifier with LOOP: ILP-ILC

The Desk and Counter-Top unit is an all-in-one audio induction field generator for use with telecoil-equipped hearing aids, cochlear implants and loop receivers. It combines an induction loop amplifier and a loop in a light weight case. It is equipped with a microphone and two additional microphone ports.

The rugged construction and commercial-grade, washable material can stand up to daily use and features the internationally recognized symbol for an audio induction loop system. The listening field generated by the Counter Loop accommodates people standing or sitting and is ideal for locations where space is limited. The unit can stand alone on its hinged, adjustable plate or be mounted to a counter, desk or wall. Built into the Portable unit (ILP1) is a re-chargeable battery that provides 12-14 hours of uninterrupted, untethered use.

The Counter Loop (ILC1) is an all-in-one, audio induction field generator for face-to-face conversations using telecoil-equipped hearing aids, implants or listeners. The Counter Loop houses an induction loop amplifier and the induction loop itself in a light weight case. It comes equipped with a rear-mounted microphone and two additional microphone ports. The rugged construction and commercial-grade, washable material will stand up to daily use and features the international symbol for an audio induction (hearing) loop system. The audio signal field generated by the Counter Loop accommodates people standing or sitting and is ideal for locations where space is limited and/or privacy is critical. An internal, re-chargeable battery in the Portable Counter Loop (ILP1) provides 10-12 hours of untethered use.

Advantages

  • Optimized for one-on-one conversation

  • Perfect for point-of-sale, reception desk

  • Easy installation, requires no tools

  • Meets ADA compliance for assistive listening

  • Rugged commercial grade construction

  • Integrated microphone included

  • Optional mini-shotgun and goose neck microphones are available

  • Adjustable angle delivers exceptional audio clarity for people of differing heights

  • May be installed permanently

  • Maintenance free

UnderCounter Loop: ILU1 

The ILU1 Under-the-Counter loop is intended to be mounted under desktops and counters in situations where surface area is limited. The large 17” x 9” loop creates a generous field that can reach users standing near the desk or counter. The Audio Directions ILA05 Amplifier and M1 Gooseneck Microphone are included with this system, along with mounting hardware and accessories.

Advantages

  • Large Field Size

  • Gooseneck Microphone & Amplifier Included

  • Concealed Mounting

  • 2 Year Warrant

Induction Loop Seat Cushion: ILS 

The Seat Cushion Induction Loop (ILS) creates a personal-sized induction loop field for telecoil equipped hearing aids. The seat cushion works in conjunction with the ILA10 amplifier which allows a microphone or alternative audio source to be broadcast through the cushion. The commercial-grade, resilient cushion can withstand common use.  The field size generated by the Seat Cushion Induction Loop is large enough that it can accommodate people of any height in a sitting position. This Seat Cushion Loop is ideal for use in an audiologist’s fitting room, pharmacy consultation desk or other space where critical conversations occur.

 

 

Advantages

  • Perfect for T-coil demonstrations

  • Optimized for face-to-face conversations

  • Easy installation with simple tools

  • Meets and exceeds ADA compliance and provides seamless inclusivity for those with hearing loss

  • Provides exceptional clarity of sound

Induction Loop Receiver TH1 

The Trans Hearing Listener (TH1) is a battery-powered, portable, receiver that allows the user to benefit from an Audio Frequency Induction Loop System using a standard pair of stereo headphones. The lightweight and compact TH1 is small enough to be worn in a shirt or jacket pocket. It can also be worn on a belt using the attached belt clip or around the neck using the attached lanyard.

The TH1 features a standard 3.5 mm jack for headphones, a volume control, and two switch-selected audio modes: one for normal environments and another that filters out low end interference, if it is present. A 3-LED meter continuously displays the strength of the induction loop signal.

The TH1 is powered by two easily accessed AA batteries and is turned on by selecting an audio mode and by plugging in the headset. This feature allows the headset to remain plugged in when the unit is not in use.

Advantages

  • Powered by two AA batteries

  • Greater than 100 Operating Hours

  • Belt Clip and Lanyard

  • Lightweight

  • Input Signal Indicator is referenced to IEC 60118-4

Overhead Audio Induction Loop & Amplifier

The Overhead Loop (ILO) works in conjunction with an ILA10 amplifier which allows a microphone or alternative sound source to be broadcast through the overhead disc. Designed to be mounted overhead for optimal performance, it can also be mounted on walls or within or under furniture. The ILO is a complete, low profile induction loop system that requires only power and an audio input.

Advantages

  • Optimized for one-to-one conversations and focused audio signal for visual display (as in museum displays)

  • Perfect for point-of-sale, reception desk

  • Easy installation; Exceptional clarity

  • Exceeds ADA compliance guidelines for assistive listening and provides optimal inclusivity for those with hearing loss

Induction Loop Amplifiers (Full Room for Group Presentations)

Emcom Induction Loop Amplifiers (ILA-05, -10 and -20) are designed to drive small, medium and large-sized induction loops to convey clear, strong audio to users of hearing aids and cochlear implants. They are suitable for use during one-to-one conversations as well as large group presentations.

Audio Directions is pleased to work with a network of licensed and experienced Loop designers/installers that provide free, no-obligation, proposals based upon doing a site analysis that takes into account physical measurements and acoustical properties of any space.  In some instances and locations, partial funding for looping projects is available.


What is a “Hearing Loop?”

Simply put: Hearing Loops are the INVISIBLE SOLUTION to an INVISIBLE CHALLENGE for millions of people with hearing loss. In technical terms, a “Hearing Loop” is an Audio Induction Loop System and it is considered the gold standard for assistive listening technology.

Matching old school technology (think copper coil used in telephones of the 1940’s) with new schoolaudio induction loop amplifiers = the most effective, seamless solution for ADA compliance + inclusivity, today and for years to come.

In its most basic form, a “Hearing Loop” utilizes a loop of copper wire around the perimeter of an area that is connected to an induction loop amplifier. An audio input signal (from a microphone, TV or other sound system) is directed to the hearing loop amplifier which then drives the audio signal through the wire loop in the form of a strong alternating current. As the alternating current from the loop amplifier flows through the loop, it creates a magnetic field within the looped area and “induces” the telecoil (or T-coil) in a hearing device, or specifically designed hearing loop receiver, within the looped area.

When a hearing device user — hearing aid or cochlear implant — switches their device to the “T” position, the telecoil in the hearing device picks up the fluctuations in the magnetic field and converts them back into alternating currents. The alternating currents are amplified and converted by the hearing device into crisp, clear sounds — free of the background noises that interfere (impede) with hearing, understanding and engagement.

Not all hearing loop solutions require professional installation; some hearing loops are built into desk or counter-top portables that area good for private, face-to-face conversations.

What is a Telecoil or T-Coil?

A telecoil functions as a wireless antenna that links to a source of audio and delivers customized sound to the listener. A telecoil is literally a small copper coil that is built into  most hearing aids and all cochlear implant processors. The telecoil may be activated manually or set to automatically switch on in the presence of a hearing loop field. All landline phones are designed, by law, to be used with a telecoil.

If you are buying a hearing aid for the first time, be sure to ask that a telecoil be included. With a telecoil you can expand the functionality of your hearing aid or cochlear implant.

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