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Sound Designs was founded in 2002 with primary focus on Assistive Listening Products for those who are hard of hearing.  Assistive listening systems have been around for years yet rarely are installed in most facilities with sound systems.
There are many advocacy groups in the United States for individuals who are hard of hearing.  The most recognized is the Hearing Loss Association of America.  Their national headquarters is in Bethesda Maryland, but there are several state chapters that focus on the local level working with individuals seeking better sound quality. 
Below is a sample brochure published by the Hearing Loss Association of America regarding Induction Loops.  Simply put, individuals with hearing aids equipped with telecoils can enjoy clear sound transmitted from an induction loop directly into their hearing aid without the need for a body pack receiver and headphones.  By communicating directly with the hearing aid, the induction loop system imroves the sound to background noise problem created by hearing aid's internal microphones.  Contact us to learn more at 610-565-8954

Induction Loops and the Telecoil to Improve Sound and Audio Clarity

A telecoil can make a dramatic difference in your ability to hear clearly and understand dialogue. Even with today’s technology, the best hearing aids and cochlear implants can’t separate the sounds you want to hear from background noise, or pick up all the sounds coming from a distant source like a stage or movie screen.

With a telecoil you can expand the functionality of your hearing aid or cochlear implant. A telecoil in a hearing aid functions as a wireless antenna that links into a sound system and delivers customized sound to the listener.

The Telecoil- Connecting Directly to Sound

The telecoil, a small copper wire, is located inside the hearing aid.

What is a telecoil?

A telecoil is a small copper coil that is an option on most hearing aids and is built into cochlear implant processors. They are also known as t-coils and were originally used to boost the magnetic signals from

the telephone handset. The telecoil is activated by a t-switch on the hearing aid or cochlear implant. All landline and some cell phones are designed by law to be used with a telecoil. The telecoil can make a noticeable difference in your life when you combine it with hearing assistive technology. This pairing of technology bridges the physical space between you and the sound source. Hearing assistive technology connects the listener directly to the sound source while most background noise is eliminated.

When would you use a telecoil?

Increasing the volume on your hearing aid or cochlear implant won’t necessarily increase the clarity of what you hear. Hearing assistive technology combined with a telecoil can improve your understanding of dialogue at work, in a meeting, in the classroom, theaters, places of worship, tour buses, and other places. Some people use telecoils at home with the TV while keeping the TV volume low for the comfort of others.

Many public places are equipped with hearing assistive technology. With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, hearing assistive technology is increasingly available in public places.