When it comes to buying hearing aids, there is a lot of information that can become overwhelming. Relying on a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist to educate you on features such as a telecoil is very important. Hearing aids come in a number of different technology levels and styles, and what is appropriate for one person might not necessarily be appropriate for the next. In other words, it is not a ‘one size fits all’ proposition.
One feature that some hearing aids have is a telecoil or T-Coil. A telecoil can make a dramatic difference in one’s ability to hear clearly and understand dialogue. What is a telecoil, and do I need one in my hearing aids? It is a small copper coil inside some hearing aids that works as a small receiver which picks up signals from a loop system that acts as an electromagnetic field. It is designed to communicate with telephones and loop systems. Hearing aids with an activated telecoil can convert this electromagnetic field into a sound signal. A telecoil can be used wherever an induction loop system is installed. When the telecoil function in a hearing aid is activated, sound sent through the loop system is amplified while background noise is shut out.
Induction loop systems, also known as ‘hearing loops’ or ‘audio induction loops’, are becoming more popular. People who have severe to profound high frequency hearing losses, especially those who struggle hearing in crowds and in noise, and who have trouble hearing clearly and understanding over the phone might benefit from this feature. Other people who might benefit from this feature are people who have poor speech understanding. With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, hearing assistive technology like hearing loops are increasingly available in public places. Loop systems can be found in some public places such as places of worship, movie theaters, auditoriums, universities, airports, train and bus stations, court rooms, museums (for guided tours), and even some grocery stores.
Most types of hearing aids have the a telecoil option available. Completely in the canal hearing aids (CIC) and invisible in the canal hearing aids (IIC) do not have telecoils due to their small size. In addition, other hearing aids that take a size 10 battery often do not come with telecoils. At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we carry all major brands of hearing aids, all with telecoil options. Call us today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing screening with our Board Certified Licensed Hearing Aid and Tinnitus Specialist.