New companies are manufacturing product and offering design and installation support to audio contractors, increasing numbers of whom are gratified by the response. “Of all the AV installations we do, it’s the induction loop that receives the most positive feedback,” reports Glenn Hall of Bestboy Audio in Avondale, PA.
Is this the ultimate wireless hearing solution? The cost, limited range, and power demands of alternative wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, make hearing loops today’s technology of choice for public access.
But if some future wireless technology is similarly affordable, miniaturized for most hearing instruments, simple to use, inconspicuous, and able to cover a wide area with a universally accessible signal, then bring it on.
David G. Myers, PhD, a social psychologist at Hope College, is author of A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss (Yale University Press); the recipient of a 2011 American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award; the author of three dozen articles advocating hearing loops; and the creator of the informational web site hearingloop.org.