New Mexico will be the latest state visited by hearing loop advocate Juliette Sterkens, Au.D., when she meets with hard of hearing groups and also with hearing care providers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces in January of 2016. Her workshops on loop/telecoil technology will be jointly sponsored by the New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons and the state's three local chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Dr. Sterkens' advocacy for this time tested but largely unknown technology began after attending a workshop on hearing loops conducted by Prof. David Myers of Hope College in Michigan. She went back to her home town of Oshkosh, WI and began promoting the the use of hearing loops with her patients, then in the community, and then throughout the state. She drafted her husband, a retired engineer, to be a hearing loop installer and, when that became a burden, coaxed audio visual firms throughout the state to learn the ins and outs of such installations. The result has been nearly 400 hearing loop installations in churches, theaters, council chambers, libraries and other public facilities in cities spreading from Lake Michigan to the Minnesota border.