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New Technology Helps the Hearing Impaired at Princeton Public Library

A hearing loop assistive hearing system that enhances sound for those with telecoil-enabled hearing aids has been installed at Princeton Public Library. The loops are available in the Community Room, Newsroom, second-floor Conference Room and Technology Center. There are also portable loops to assist at the Lending Desk and telecoil (t-coil) listeners for those without hearing aids.

 

The system was a gift from Adelaide Zabriskie, a new Princeton resident who benefitted from the technology when she lived in Boulder, Colorado, and wanted to help other hearing-impaired people more fully enjoy programs at the library.

 

Hearing loss affects nearly 10% of New Jersey residents and is not solely an issue faced by older Americans. The hearing loop system is one of the most effective forms of assistive-hearing technology and will allow Princeton residents of all ages with hearing loss to have a fuller experience at many of the library’s public programs.

 

A t-coil is a small coil of copper that is found in all brands of hearing aids and cochlear implants in the United States and internationally. The installed hearing loop systems and desktop units that drive a wireless signal to the t-coil are the same in all countries, and all brands of loop amplifiers work with any t-coil. The key to this seamless solution working for every “seat in the house,” as it does at the library, is a design and installation that conforms to the international standard for looping.

 

The “hearing loop” system, installed by Hopewell, New Jersey-based Audio Directions, is always available and requires no advance reservations or requests for loaner equipment. A demonstration of the technology will take place at the library on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Newsroom on the second floor. More information about the “hearing loop” can be found on the Audio Directions website at ad4h.com.

 

 

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