IHAC statement on hearing loops and telecoils, June 2019

The International Hearing Access Committee (IHAC) aims to estimate the time a transition from the existing audio transmission to telecoils via hearing loop (HL) and other assistive listening systems (ALS) to a platform of digital audio streaming direct into hearing aids, will likely take.

Telecoils (TC) are small copper wire coils integrated in most hearing aids (HA), HA accessories and cochlea implants (CI) in use today. The TC is designed to pick up electromagnetic analogue signals from telephones and from HL/ALS which are designed to improve communication access for people with hearing loss1 in venues where distance, reverberation and background noise prevent comprehension.

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