Hearing loops and T-coils are still the only technology that meet all the needs of hearing aid users, including intelligibility, discretion, ease of use, transient use and availability.
However, only 22% of hearing aid recipients are told about hearing aid accessories by their health care provider (source).
There appears to be a common misconception by users that relatively few hearing aids have T-coils equipped. In fact, in a recent review of the connectivity of 462 hearing aids and their 756 variants, 286 (38%) had a Telecoil fitted as standard and 316 (42%) had the option to have a Telecoil enabled.
There are a number of factors affecting a user’s compliance with their hearing aid device, including first impressions and utility, if a hearing aid user’s first experience with a T-coil and loop is poor they are unlikely to use the function in the future, drastically reducing the benefit of T-coil enabled device.
Therefore, on behalf of our customers, we are seeking a renewed commitment from the hearing instrument manufacturing and dispensing community to raise awareness and improve equality of access to audio for all hearing aid users.