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By Janice Schacter Lintz
AUG 8, 2016

New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.

A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.

Read more  . . . New York City

Update on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Enjoy Great Sound with an Audio Loop!

By Cheryl Heppner, NVRC

We’ve just learned that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will have audio loops at several locations. This means there will be great fun for individuals who have a hearing aid or cochlear implant with a telecoil to experience speech and music with greater clarity.

You can find the audio loops on the map for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at, I spotted the icon for Audio Loop in eight locations. By the way, I discovered that the map enlarges if you double click on it.

For more information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival:


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