THE MANHATTAN CHAPTER’S LOOP COMMITTEE, formed in 2010, is growing by leaps and bounds. The October 2011 New York Times article (see link) has generated a lot of interest. A more recent NYT article by Jane Brody (see link), which appeared on January 17, 2012, has again stirred up more interest in hearing loops.
When an induction loop is installed, those who wear hearing aids/cochlear implants with t-coils can access clear sound without ambient noise. The Loop Committee helps educate staff and consumers at local venues about the benefits of loop technology by providing demonstrations and written materials.
Members of our committee include a young attorney in a New York law firm who has taken on the task of advocating for loops in the Federal Courts; some others on the Loop Committee are working on getting loops in the movie theaters; another group has approached off-Broadway theaters; we are working with the 9/11 museum, which is presently under construction. We are also targeting libraries, senior centers, synagogues, churches, hospital auditoriums, bookstore events areas, as well as our school system.