Loop System

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Here's a nice article from the GR Press about loop technology. It features a couple of CRCs who have implemented it in their sanctuaries. Any experiences to share?

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Ivanrest CRC in Grandville, MI has had a loop system installed for a few years. We rarely hear much about it unless it's not working ... then we find out all the members who have been quietly relying on it. We have one member who has a profound hearing loss and always sat near the front to be able to read the lips of the pastor. She came to me with tears in her eyes following the first service she was able to use the loop and told me she heard every word of the sermon. Now she can sit anywhere she wants and can take notes without missing a word.

We don't have a loop system, but we use a Sound Mate system (personal wireless receivers with ear-buds).

The receivers will also use a "loop" that hangs around your neck and connects to the pick-up in your hearing aide, if you have one that is so equipped.

In other words, we don't have a big "loop" that goes around the sanctuary, but small "loops" that hang around your neck.

This system works really well for us, because it works for both those whose hearing aides are equipped with receivers and those whose hearing aides are not.

Bob Felton
Ellsworth Christian Reformed Church
www.ministry-tech.net