LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Louisville Free Public Library unveiled new technology Friday to help the hearing impaired.
Mayor Greg Fischer and library director Craig Buthod demonstrated the new Hearing Loop technology in the Main Library’s auditorium.
A ribbon of copper wire runs under the carpet and is linked to a special amplifier that’s connected to the auditorium’s sound system.
Those signals can be picked up by a receiver that’s built into the majority of hearing aids and Cochlear implants sold today.
"Hearing difficulty is the number three health issue for older adults behind heart disease and arthritis so to be able to implement something like this that is relatively simple and cost effective is just a smart thing to do," Fischer said.
The announcement of the new hearing loop coincides with a regional conference of the Hearing Loss Association of America which is in Louisville through Saturday.
The Hearing Loop was made possible through donations to the library foundation.