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You’re a good person to ask. I’ve been promoting room loops for years. I got my church to install one. I did get the T-coil logo posted on a sign outside the building but they refused to put it on the pulpit or some other conspicuous place. I also got them to put an explanation on the front page of the order of service. I don’t know of anyone but me who uses it.
I meet a lot of people who tell me they have hearing aids because wherever I go I use accessory mics and have to explain them. That leads people to tell me they wear hearing aids and I can promote mics. But when I ask if they have telecoils no one who is not a member of HLAA (which is virtually everyone I meet outside of HLAA meetings or conventions) has ever understood the question. When people join our chapter they learn of telecoils for the first time.
I submitted to the city council a petition signed by dozens of people explaining loops and asking that they be required in all new buildings that use amplification. The council endorsed it unanimously, but the city manager refused. He said ALDs were just as good, even tho’ the petition listed seven reasons why they were not. The manager just retired and a council member got back to me about the looping.
Here’s my problem. I am uncomfortable urging looping any more. I know many audiologists call it the “old technology,” but I’ve learned more about what is being done with bluetooth and wifi. I know it’s in the works even though they haven’t yet solved the delay problem. Also, we now have ASR as an alternative that serves the Deaf as well as those with some hearing. Loops are very expensive so I am reluctant to recommend that expenditure any more. What’s your take on that?
P.S. As for the neck loops being provided. Less than half the time I attend a lecture or performance are ALDs available. Most of the venues are rented, and the organization knows nothing about them. Or they are in a locked cabinet and no one has the key. Or, most often, the batteries are dead. When they actually do have functioning ALDs there are rarely neck looks. That’s whey I started bringing my own.