New England Hearing Loop Incorporates a Loop Locator onto its Website to Help the Hearing Impaired
Lowell, MA — March 6, 2018
“As sound experts and musicians we are acutely aware of the difficulties people living with hearing loss encounter every day. Our goal is to always optimize the audio experience for our clients. With that in mind, it was clear to us that hearing loop technology was a natural fit for us to offer our clients.”
Catherine Shanahan, President, Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc.
New England Hearing Loop, a division of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc., has developed a Loop Locator on its website to help the hearing impaired locate facilities that incorporate Hearing Loops. A Hearing Loop — or assistive listening device — gives the hearing impaired the ability to enjoy films, lectures and other public presentations or decipher public announcements at places such as theaters and sports stadiums. The Loop Locator will be an immense resource to the people living with hearing loss since it identifies the facility, and also the location within the facility — such as a specific room, and in some instances, which rows in a facility — the Loop is active. The Loop Locator also utilizes Google Maps to provide directions to the facility.
The need for Hearing Loops has become more important than ever. Educational institutions (classrooms) are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of teens and young adults with hearing impairments. Partial deafness once considered “an old person’s” disease is now becoming a health issue among young people. According to Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there has been a 30% increase in hearing loss in teens and young adults. A 2017 report from Johns Hopkins researchers states the number of American adults living with some form of hearing loss is expected to nearly double by 2060.
Over 100 hearing loops have been installed in concert halls, corporate offices, educational institutions, religious and senior living facilities by New England Hearing Loop throughout New England. Some high profile installations by New England Hearing Loop include: The Massachusetts State House, Boston City Council Chambers, Providence State House, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Wellesley College, Boston Symphony Hall, TD Garden, Riverwoods Retirement Community, and the Watertown Library.
About New England Hearing Loop
Founded in 2011, New England Hearing Loop, a division of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc., is New England’s leading provider of assistive listening solutions, from hearing loop to frequency modulation to infrared systems. Visit http://www.newenglandhearingloop.com for the Loop & Listen Blog, and to learn more about hearing loops, current legislation, news and trends.
Contact: Catherine Shanahan