Calling all church audio/visual technicians! What type of audio system do you have in your church for people living with hearing loss?
Traditional listening systems require checking out and wearing a generic headset or earbuds, but most people with hearing loss prefer hearing-loop technology that connects directly to hearing aids.
Dr. Juliette Sterkens and Dr. David Myers are experts in how churches can support people living with hearing loss through hearing-loop technology.
At our Get in the Loop event, they explained both the benefits and best practices in utilizing hearing-loop technology. You’re invited to watch the recording (ASL included). We also encourage you to share it with audio/visual and sound technicians in your church, members of the building committee, and anyone in the church who lives with hearing loss.
Additional Resources and Articles on Hearing Loops
Hearing the Word by Dr. David G Myers, a person with hearing loss, son of a mother who became completely deaf, author of a memoir of his experiences with hearing loss and hearing technologies (A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss, Yale University Press, 2000), and creator of the informational website https://hearingloop.org/.
Get in the Loop by Dr. Juliette Sterkens, who took a leave from her audiology practice to become a Hearing Loop Advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), traveling across the country to meet with HLAA chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.
How the Reformed Church of Syracuse gained a Disability Advocate is a video sharing the story about how a hearing loop impacted a church community in New York.