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Hearing Loops at Home
BY LOUIS "LOU" TOUCHETTE

Lou Touchette is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who worked around jet fighter aircraft

for 20 years as a crew chief. He knows full well what being out on the flight line

every day, exposed to screaming jet engines, can do to hearing. He also knows

the wonders that hearing loops can do for home life. Known to many as Loop'n

Lou, he's used his technical know-how to install hundreds of hearing loops in an
effort to help others with hearing loss live better lives.

S

olving problems with technical solutions has
always been in my blood. I'm a retired U.S. Air
Force and Boeing quality assurance inspector.
Starting in 1993, I became interested in the
potential benefits of hearing loops through my
involvement with the former SHHH Everett Group in
Washington state. Although I now have two cochlear
implants, I started wearing hearing aids in the
mid-1970s.
My wife always wanted the TV at one volume while
I needed it at another-or she'd want to read in silence
when I wanted to watch TV. I did some research and
realized that hearing loops-also called audio induction
loops-might solve both our problems.
So, in 1994, I bought a hearing loop kit from a
local LoopAmerica products dealer. In the box was an
amplifier, a spool of wire, a patch cord, a power supply
and an instruction sheet. I followed the directions
and installed the wire around the ceiling of our living
room, connecting it to the loop amplifier. Then I
connected the amplifier to the audio output jacks
on the TV with the patch cord. When I was done, I
turned on my hearing aid telecoils and instantly heard
the TV-and I could hear it from anywhere in the
room. I also could adjust the volume on the amplifier
to suit myself. My wife was able to adjust, or mute,
the TV speakers to suit herself-without affecting
my loop volume. We were both very happy with this
new arrangement.
HEARING LIFE

A Man on a Mission

Years later, in 2000, after retiring from Boeing, we
relocated to southern Arizona. Since there was no HLAA
Chapter in Tucson, we joined a local group called the
Adult Loss of Hearing Association. I became a member
of its board of directors and a leader of the "Let's Loop
Tucson" initiative.
I concentrated on community outreach, giving
presentations about hearing loops and explaining how
they can help people hear better in their homes, houses
of worship and other venues. I also taught home loop
installation classes and promoted the importance of
telecoils in hearing aids-without which hearing loops
are much less valuable.
Over the course of our 17 years in southern Arizona,
we saw rapid growth in the number of looped venues.
In the Tucson area alone, I'm aware of more than 100
looped houses of worship, libraries, hearing aid provider
offices, university classrooms, public service offices,
social centers and more.

One More Time
Last year, when we moved back to Washington state,
my first goal was to install a hearing loop in our new
home in Mount Vernon. I installed one in our den and
a second one in the ceiling of the family room. Since the
living room is right above our family room, the ceiling
loop connects to both the downstairs and upstairs TVs.
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Hearing Life November/December 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hearing Life November/December 2019

A Note From Our Executive Director
Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Founder’s Corner
Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Advocacy
Convention
Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Walk4Hearing Update
Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Awards and Recognition
Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover1
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover2
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 3
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 4
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 5
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 6
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Note From Our Executive Director
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 8
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 9
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Founder’s Corner
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 12
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 14
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 15
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 16
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 17
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 18
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Advocacy
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 20
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Convention
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 22
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 23
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 24
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 25
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 27
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 28
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 29
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 30
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Walk4Hearing Update
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 32
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 34
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 35
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 36
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Awards and Recognition
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 38
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 40
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 42
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 44
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 45
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 46
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