New Assistive Listening System for Loudoun County Board Room
From Loudoun Announcements 1/15/2014
Loudoun County has installed a hearing loop system in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, which allows people with hearing aids to receive a clear signal without any background noise, and makes the room more accessible to people with hearing disabilities.
The hearing loop system is integrated with the room’s audio/visual system to provide program audio and voice directly to those with “T-coil” (telecoil)-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The hearing loop is a wire that has been placed around the perimeter of the Board Room. The wire acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid. When hearing aid users select the ‘T’ (telecoil) setting on a hearing aid, they can pick up the sounds spoken into the room’s microphones instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This allows the listener to receive a clear, magnetic, wireless signal without any background noise.
Loudoun is among the first local governments in the region to install a hearing loop in its main government meeting room. The Board Room is the site of many government meetings, including those of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The county also has new FM assistive listening devices in the Board Room. The devices include headsets and receivers and provide an alternative for people with a hearing loss, or people who have a hearing aid without a T-coil, to hear more clearly.
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