Sound Image Attains Highest-Level Hearing Loop Certification

ESCONDIDO, CA — July 29, 2013 — Southern California Sound Image (SI) announces today that they have attained Level 2 Hearing Loop integration certification from Listen Technologies Corporation.

hearing_loop_29861b3Hearing loss affects 17% of the adult US population, a number that is increasing as the population ages. As of March 15, 2012 all newly constructed or altered State and local government facilities must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards for Assistive Listening Systems.

In brief – In each assembly area, where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, an Assistive Listening System (ALS) shall be provided.

Assembly areas include, but are not limited to classrooms, lecture halls, courtrooms, public meeting rooms, legislative chambers, motion picture houses, auditoria, theaters, playhouses, dinner theaters, concert halls, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, arenas, stadiums, grandstands, and convention centers.

Why Loop Technology?

While crude Hearing Loop technology has existed for many decades, there is new technology, new configurations and a renewed national effort to encourage and promote the installation and use of loop systems.

Hearing Loop solutions offer individuals with hearing loss the opportunity to experience full, rich, audio interactions in just about any setting. Users can enjoy a discreet listening experience without background noise, competing sounds, reverberation and other acoustic distortions that reduce sound clarity.

What is a Hearing Loop?

Hearing Loop technology uses a magnetic field to wirelessly transmit audio to a person’s ears, using either a “T-Coil equipped” hearing aid with a built in “T” switch, or a Hearing Loop receiver with earphones.

There are now six different loop configurations or layouts that can be applied using today’s modern technology. Each is engineered to comply with the unique needs and applications of various venues.

There are international performance standards to ensure that those who have a T-Coil hearing aid get a consistent quality of service, regardless of the venue. For this reason, equipment manufacturers and certified systems integrators have a vested interest in maintaining the objectives set forth in the IEC60118-4 standard.

Features and Benefits:

• Discreet User Experience – Individuals do not have to ask anyone to receive equipment nor help, they only need to switch their hearing aids to the ‘T’ position to hear clearly within a looped room or venue.

• Transient Environment Applications – The only solution to support those with a hearing loss at ticket counters, drive-thru windows, train stations, bus stations, airport terminals, or anywhere where other ALS systems are not practical.

• Cost Effective Infrastructure – Requires lower investment in receivers to be purchased, managed and maintained.

System Design & Training


Hearing Loop systems don’t exist in a carton or on a warehouse shelf; but only when carefully designed, installed and certified for proper operation.

Sound Image can support you with design, consultation, installation, and training to ensure that the highest quality solution is delivered to meet the needs of your particular application.

SI’s certified loop specialist is Michael Fay. He is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Listen Hearing Loop systems. Contact info: – 760-737-3900 x2121.

About Sound Image

The Sound Image Contracting Division is one of the nation’s leading AV Systems Integrators. Their specialty is working for commercial, industrial and institutional customers within the context of a design/build relationship. SI also engages in a select number of bid/build projects when conditions are suitable.

SI’s market focus covers: Performing Arts Venues, Houses of Worship, Sports Venues, Higher Education, Hotels & Casinos, Corporate, Government, and Museums.

Press Contact:
Samantha Stuppy
Contracting Administrator
760-737-3900 x2134