Many hearing impaired individuals have telecoils in their hearing aids and don’t even know it. Telecoils come as a standard feature on many behind-the-ear hearing aids. They can also be ordered in custom in-the-ear aids. The telecoils are used to connect to hearing aid compatible telephones by inductive coupling.
However, the telecoils may also be used with induction loop systems. Many places of worship are installing induction loop systems for their hearing impaired worshipers. During the service, if you switch you hearing aids to the telecoil settings you will hear the pastor as if he/she is speaking directly into your ears. That may be a little scary depending on your pastor!
Induction loop systems are also being installed in some movie theaters and other auditoriums. If your church or theater does not have a loop system then you should help to get a system installed.
Personal loop systems are available for home use. You may choose to run a loop of wire around your room, or you may use a loop pad that you place under your favorite chair. Your family will be so happy that the volume of the TV is not driving them out of the room anymore! Your audiologist can help you order what is necessary to allow you to hear your TV through your hearing aids. If you don’t have hearing aids with telecoils then you may want to upgrade.