November 8, 2018. Quite often, we’re asked what the difference is in what someone hears within a hearing loop and outside of a hearing loop. We’ve sent links that others have shared with us, and encouraged people to visit venues on the island that have a hearing loop installed. During a sound and equipment check for a presentation last week at South Shore United Church in Tryon, Jack Sorensen of the church made a recording for us. He recorded the presenter, Pieter Valkenburg, as heard through a microphone by the front pew of the church, and as heard through the hearing loop.
Jane Scott and Don Gribble were kind enough to transfer the audio files to a website, which allowed us to provide the links you see below. Can you hear the difference in sound quality?
What was recorded through the microphone by the front pew of the church:
What was recorded through the hearing loop:
Several blog postings have been written on hearing loops and there is a site page on this blog for places on the island where a hearing loop has been installed (See https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/places-on-pei-equipped-with-a-hearing-loop/).
While we are at the beginning of looping projects on the island, other places have been very creative in making sure accessibility for those with hearing loss is a priority. Previous postings have mentioned a number of places around the world. This time, here is a link to a story about shoppers in one store in Maryland who can choose the ‘hearing loop lane’ when it’s time to pay! See http://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-bz-wegmans-hearing-loops-20160116-story.html
Thank you to Jack, Jane, and Don for their help with the sound files. Do you have a hearing loss issue you’d like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on our blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI.
Don’t miss our upcoming events:
November Chapter meeting: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker will be Jessyca Bedard, Clinical Support & Business Development Manager for Oticon Medical Canada, who will talk about BAHAs (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids). The presentation will be followed by our Annual General Meeting.
Presentation: Annie Lee MacDonald and Daria Valkenburg have been invited to talk about the pocket talker project with the Law Foundation of PEI and PEI lawyers at the upcoming meeting of the PEI Seniors Secretariat on November 30, 2018.
Check out our Upcoming Events page for even more events. (See https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/)
© Daria Valkenburg