PRLog - June 2, 2014 - WAUKESHA, Wis. -- People who use hearing aids with a t-coil switch are now finding public libraries in Waukesha County easier to use. Eight public libraries in Waukesha County have service desk hearing loops, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services received by the Waukesha County Federated Library System.
Hearing Loop Sign
The libraries have installed hearing loops at its service desks, indicated by a hearing loop sign. A hearing loop is an assistive listening system that transmits sound from a microphone directly to a hearing aid or cochlear implant, via a tiny and inexpensive receiver called a telecoil (t-coil). When using the t-coil setting on a hearing aid it turns off the microphone so that it will only pick up the electromagnetic signal and converts it to sound.
Library visitors with hearing loss can now have a better listening experience because with hearing loops there is no need to pick up a portable receiver, they use a universal magnetic signal, it is inconspicuous and it delivers personalized in-the-ear sound. Not sure if your hearing aid has a t-coil? Check with your audiologist for more information.
The public libraries in Waukesha County participating in this grant project include: Brookfield, Delafield, Elm Grove, Mukwonago, Muskego, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, and Waukesha.
For more information, visit www.wcfls.org.