A hearing loop is an assistive listening system which can transmit sounds to the telecoil (a small coil of wire that is placed inside a hearing device) or to other types of hearing devices for people who don’t wear hearing aids. Hearing loops are used in conjunction with a telecoil to help customers who are hard of hearing hear better in challenging listening situations.
A hearing loop system is a wire placed around an area, such as a particular room, a stage, or on a train or platform. When the hearing loop is turned on, customers are required to set their hearing device to the telecoil program. The telecoil will pick up the magnetic signal transmitted by the hearing loop and the hearing device will then convert it into sound which they will hear.
One of the benefits of a hearing loop is that the transmitted signal fills the whole space, improving the sound quality. This is most beneficial when the source of the sound is some distance from the customer, or there is a background noise, such as on a train.
The hearing loop system is currently available on most of our platforms and on the Tilt Trains and Spirit of Queensland services.