TWO HELPFUL LINKS FOR LOOPED LOCATIONS

Stay in the loop wherever you go. There are now two great websites that will let you know about looped locations wherever you go. The newest one, LOOPFINDER, is partnered by HLAA and can hone in on sites by category or location — AND NOW, THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT!

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The website is: http://www.loopfinder.com/landing/index  

The site can give all looped locations in any geographical area or can provide looped locations in any one of 16 categories in as small or large an area as you choose.

Local Venues with Hearing Loops

Stay in the loop wherever you go. There are now two great websites that will let you know about looped locations wherever you go.

The newest one, LOOPFINDER, is partnered by HLAA and can hone in on sites by category or location.  HLAA and loop installers are partnering to make this website and app as complete and up to date as possible.

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Also, Assistive Listening Device Locator:

http://www.aldlocator.com/

Remember, our Mission includes advocacy – a “thank you” goes a long way in reinforcing the looping of the community.  Make a point to “thank” a team member at any facility where you use the loop.

Live in the Venice area? Visiting Venice?

Just line up the map and click.  The 10 venues listed are:

Venice United Church of Christ
620 Shamrock Blvd
Venice, FL 34293 USA

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Auditorium
1700 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239 USA

Jacaranda Trace Senior Living
3600 William Penn Way
Venice, FL 34293 USA

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
1115 Center Road
Venice, FL 34292 USA

Venice Presbyterian Church
111 Firenze Ave E
Venice, FL 34285 USA

Ear-Resistible Hearing Center
1076 E Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285 USA

Venice Community Center
326 Nokomis Ave South
Venice, FL 34285 USA

Venice Area Board of Realtors
680 Substation Rd.
Venice, FL 34285 USA

Venice Theatre
140 Tampa Ave West
Venice, FL 35285 USA

Epiphany Cathedral
350 Tampa Ave W
Venice, FL 34285 USA

Remember our Mission includes advocacy—a “thank you” goes a long way in reinforcing the looping of the community.

They may not have all the looped locations in North America but the site is a great help even when home. A MapQuest zoom on the site can bring in the locations very near to you. There is even a way to refine the search by the device and type of location [see below]:

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Remember our Mission includes advocacy—a “thank you” goes a long way in reinforcing the looping of the community
Traveling in 2015?    Stay in the loop.

Click on the Loop Locator Link to find looped venues

Remember the HLAA Mission includes advocacy—and a “thank you” goes a long way in reinforcing the looping of the community

120+ Looped Venues in Sarasota and Manatee Counties – Click here for Loop Locator 

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Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice are the first cities in the US to have a majority of their theatres looped. Van Wezel, Player’s Theatre and the Sarasota Orchestra are all currently looped.

Let’s Loop SRQ! is our advocacy effort to get Hearing Loop Systems into local public venues to increase access for the 145,000 people in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with hearing loss.  We account for 16.1% of the local population and our incidence is the highest in the nation.

This is the official sign designating a venue that has a Loop System. Note the capital white  “T” in the lower right corner. This designates a system that sends the sound directly to a T-Coil, a tiny wireless receiver that the hearing aid must have to receive the sound.

 

How Hearing Loops Work

hearing_loop_venueThe Hearing Loop System is the only system that sends clear, superior sound from a microphone directly into a hearing aid or cochlear implant without interference.

Hearing Loop Systems are the ideal solution for people who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants to hear better in theateres, churches, banks, restaurants and so many other public places. A hearing loop is the only system that sends the sound of a voice or instrument  from a microphone directly into a hearing aid or cochlear implant for the clearest, most superior sound currently possible. Popular for over 40 years in many European  cities, the system is starting to take hold in the U.S.

Hearing Loop Systems are very affordable and require no maintenance. The system simply entails an amplifier that is hooked up to an existing microphone or sound board that connects to an induction loop which is placed around the perimeter of the theatre, meeting room or area where an audience or congregation sits. The magnetic field created projects the sound directly to a T-Coil, a wireless receiver that acts a loudspeaker inside a hearing aid.

Most hearing aids come equipped with a T-Coil which is shown in the picture in the next section. If you have never used your T-Coil, see below.

How to Use Your T-Coil

hearing_aid_with_tcoilIt is estimated that 70% of hearing aids in use today have a T-Coil. Nearly 90% of all new hearing aids come equipped with one. The primary exceptions are the tiny aids, especially the all the way in the ear models. which do not have the space for one. A good rule of thumb to remember is overall hearing aid performance increases with the aid size.

Most T-Coils are accessible by flipping a switch on your hearing aid. In a few cases, the T-Coil is automatically engaged in the presence of a hearing loop system. In some other cases, your audiologist needs to activate your T-Coil bfore you can access it.

If you have never used your T-Coil, we recommend seeing your audiologist to confirm you have one and to learn how to engage it. If your aid doesn’t have a T-Coil, talk to your audiologist about adding one.

Once you have access to your T-Coil, we suggest coming to one of our monthly meetings where we always have a Loop System to support the speakers.

Local Venues with Hearing Loops

120+ venues have been looped in Sarasota/Manatee–click on Loop Locator Link