Wisconsin churches, others install hearing loops

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 10:23 a.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire church has become one of the latest organizations in Wisconsin to install a hearing loop to help parishioners with hearing loss.

Hearing loops boost sound so hearing aids can pick it up.

The Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire reports (http://bit.ly/1hEDAvD ) hundreds of hearing loops have been installed in Wisconsin, many of them in churches and libraries

Jacky Miller is the pastoral minister at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Miller says it's important for people who come to church to hear so they can participate.

A hearing loop contains a microphone to pick up sound, an amplifier that processes sound and a coil that functions as an antenna. The coil runs around the perimeter of a room, sending a signal hearing aids can pick up.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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