Hearing Loop




Local Libraries Receive Grant to Install Hearing Loops

The Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) has been awarded Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to improve accessibility at six of our member libraries’ locations by installing hearing loops. This is the third in a series of LSTA grants for hearing loops, and we now have hearing loops at service desks in all sixteen public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca Counties. Four OWLS member libraries have looped meeting rooms.

A hearing loop can cover a small area at a service desk or circle a meeting room. The loop is connected to a sound system and transmits sound wirelessly to a receiver called a T-coil in the listener’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. No additional equipment is required. Hearing loops are discreet and flexible because they allow listeners to use them anywhere within the range of the loop.

More individuals have hearing loss than any other disability. Installing hearing loops at library service desks ensures that public library services are fully accessible to patrons with hearing loss.

The following libraries have installed hearing loops at service desks in 2013: Hortonville Public Library, James J. Siebers Memorial Library in Kimberly, Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library in Little Chute, Marion Public Library, Scandinavia Public Library, and Shiocton Public Library.

The Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) is one of 17 public library systems in Wisconsin. We support 16 public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties.

This project is supported by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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