EUG is pleased to offer Hearing Loop technology in order to improve communication for our passengers.
During COVID-19 those with hearing loss have experienced additional obstacles due to physical distancing, masks and plexiglass barricades. A hearing aids limit of effectiveness is 6 feet. This has had a greater negative effect on those with hearing loss in places such as terminals and gate area with lots of background noise and the inability to read lips due to mask requirements.
EUG currently has hearing loops in place at the ticket and rental car counters and plans to install this technology in the A and B gate areas in the future.
What is a hearing loop?
A hearing loop, (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to "T" (Telecoil) setting.
If your hearing aid does not have an obvious "T" setting, you may need to ask your audiologist what program setting your hearing aid has.
The hearing loop consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area i.e. a meeting room, a church, a service counter etc. to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
Take a look at this video to see how Hearing Loop technology works.