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'Let's Loop WNC' Event Planned – Brevard NC

 


The Brevard Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America is participating in a project entitled “Let’s Loop Western North Carolina!” In support of this project the Asheville Chapter of HLAA has invited Dr. Juliette Sterkens, the National Hearing Loop Advocate for the HLAA, to conduct a Hearing Loop demonstration and informational community meeting on Monday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Reuter Center, UNCA, Campus View Road in Asheville. The Reuter Center auditorium is looped and Captioning will be provided.

For those unfamiliar with Hearing Loop technology, it can be loosely described as “Wi-Fi for Hearing Aids” that benefits people with hearing loss, especially those who wear hearing aids, or cochlear implants, and others using headsets to access a loop.

The installation of a Hearing Loop significantly enhances hearing accessibility in spaces that are meant to serve all citizens: houses of worship, theaters, auditoriums, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, businesses, and government facilities such as meeting rooms for city and county governments, courtrooms, and jury rooms, some of which must by law accommodate citizens with disabilities. A Hearing Loop can even be installed in one’s home to enhance enjoyment of their own TV room.

The Brevard HLAA Chapter is pleased to have shared in the cost of the first looping of a public space in Transylvania County - the Carlson Conference Room in the Transylvania Regional Hospital. The chapter’s monthly second Saturday meetings are held in that room and the chapter especially appreciates the TRH board’s installing the Hearing Loop as a benefit to all groups that use the room.

Persons who experience hearing impairment or who have friends and family with hearing issues should find this demonstration very helpful. Also, any citizen with responsibility for or interest in public space accessibility is encouraged to attend this important gathering. For more information, you may reach the Asheville Chapter by calling (828) 665-8699. In case of snow, call: (828) 251-6140.

 
 

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