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Assistive Listening Devices Specialist

Advantage ENT & Audiology

Otolaryngology & Audiology located in Arvada, CO & Westminster, CO

When you wear hearing aids, it can still be difficult to hear well over background noise or other interference. If you're struggling to hear in these situations, the Advantage ENT team offers advice and information on using assistive listening devices. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the expert audiologists provide the help you need to enjoy better hearing regardless of where you are. For expert advice on assistive listening devices, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Assistive Listening Devices Q & A

What are assistive listening devices?

Assistive listening devices help you with everyday communication, reducing the stress and fatigue from trying to hear properly. You can use assistive listening devices with or without a hearing aid to make it easier to hear in various situations.

Assistive listening devices come in many forms. You can use them in your home to make phones, alarms, and televisions more audible, as well as connecting them to personal hearing aids for noisy environments.

Some assistive listening device systems service public facilities, for example:

  • School classrooms
  • Places of worship
  • Theatres and auditoriums
  • Airports

In Colorado, many locations like these may have looping systems. These systems work with the telecoil in your hearing aid to amplify sounds and deliver them directly to your ear.

What is a telecoil, and how does it work with assistive listening devices?

A telecoil or t-coil is a wire in hearing aids that acts as a miniature wireless receiver. It helps make sounds sharper when using the phone and works with a range of assistive listening devices.

The telecoil receives an electromagnetic signal from an assistive listening device and turns it back into sound inside your hearing aid. Telecoils eliminate most of the background noise so that you can hear what you want to hear better.

If your hearing aids don’t have an embedded telecoil, you can use a portable loop receiver.

What types of assistive listening devices are available?

The most common types of assistive listening devices include:

Hearing loop

Hearing or induction loops amplify sounds by creating an electromagnetic field that the telecoil or hearing loop receiver in your hearing aid picks up. You can get portable personal hearing loops, as well as the integrated systems, in public buildings.

FM systems

FM systems transmit amplified sounds to a distance of up to 300 feet using radio signals. They're common in classrooms, where your instructor can use a small microphone with a transmitter while you and the other students wear a receiver tuned to a specific frequency.

Infrared systems

Infrared systems convert sound into a light signal that the transmitter sends to your receiver. The receiver then decodes the infrared light signal and turns it back into sound. Infrared assistive listening devices are useful for situations where confidentiality is important, like a courtroom.

Personal amplifiers

Personal amplifiers are cell-phone-sized assistive listening devices that you can use at home, or when you're somewhere that doesn't have a loop, infrared, or FM system.

For expert advice on using assistive listening devices and finding one that suits your needs, call Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.