Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library, a hearing loop system has been installed in the Fielding Room on the third floor of the library. This system provides assistive technology for individuals with hearing deficits. The loop system transforms sounds into a magnetic field, sending clear pure sound to hearing aids that are equipped with a telecoil (or t-coil). The sound is adjusted for a person’s individual hearing loss.
It is estimated that t-coils are currently installed in about 60% of hearing aids and many devices can be easily upgraded for a modest charge. The Friends have also purchased six receivers that can be borrowed and used in place of a hearing aid.
The new hearing loop system will greatly enhance enjoyment of programs held in the widely used Fielding Room. It is estimated that hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Reports from the Hearing Loss Association of American indicate that 10% of adults in the U.S. report some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing deficit, while 2-3 of every 1000 children are hard of hearing or deaf.
There will be a demonstration of the hearing loop system at the Friends’ annual meeting on Sunday, June 7. Please join the Friends in the Fielding Room at 1:30 in the afternoon for wine and cheese (also non-alcoholic beverages), fellowship, entertainment and information. Music will be provided by celebrated classical guitarist Matthews Baier.
Your ticket to admission to this special program is a new membership in the Friends or renewal of your current membership. The tax deductible fee is $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. Proceeds from memberships are used to help fund projects that provide a variety of benefits to patrons such as the hearing loop system, the ever popular museum passes, summer music concerts and more.