An Interactive Experience about Hearing Loss & Technology Assistance
On Saturday, March 3, at 1 pm, join the community in our sanctuary to learn about the benefits of hearing assistance and hearing loop technology. Whether you or a loved one use hearing aids or are beginning to experience hearing loss, or if you know of a venue considering adding hearing assistance, this free event is for you!
Dr. Juliette Sterkens, audiologist and nationally known speaker with the Hearing Loss Association of America, will begin the event with a presentation on hearing loss, hearing assistance, and current related legislation. Attendees will experience the benefits of the hearing loop – either through their own hearing devices or by using one of the “loop listeners” available for demonstration.
Hearing loops create an inaudible signal that is received by telecoil (t-coil) equipped/enabled hearing aids, cochlear implants or hearing loop listeners. Messiah Church installed a hearing loop in 2017. In worship services, all spoken words, music, and multi-media elements of the service are “broadcast” in the sanctuary via the loop. This direct-to-the-ear method eliminates background noise and echo, and dramatically improves clarity.
Retired Pastor Leland Eyres, whose hearing loss is described as “profound” by his audiologist, said “Even using my hearing aids, I used to get maybe 50 percent of the spoken words in the worship service. The first Sunday that the loop was operational, I was astonished by the clarity of every spoken voice and how the music was lifted out of the mud. My hopes and expectations were far exceeded.”
“Hearing loss isn’t just inconvenient,” said Dr. Juliette Sterkens. “It’s isolating and can have far-reaching health consequences. And, hearing loss affects all ages. Today, one in five people over age 12 are affected.”
After the presentation, stay for refreshments and talk to the many organizations participating in the Information Fair. Service organizations, hearing professionals, and manufacturers will be available to help you explore the many technologies available to assist with hearing loss.
Learn more about loops and the impact this user-friendly, universal, and user-preferred (but relatively unknown) technology could have on your life, or your business, by attending this free community event. One CEU is offered for health professionals.
Contact Barb Krause at LoopInfo@messiahchurch.org or (763) 473-6968 with questions about this event.