Let’s Loop Seattle

Welcome!

Join us as we make Washington State the most hearing-friendly place in America.

Let’s Loop Seattle is all about hearing and communication access. We open doors and dismantle communication barriers so that everyone may participate equally in employment, travel, government services, entertainment, transportation, and all community and public life.

As advocates and advisers, we provide hearing loop and hearing loss information and education, helping and empowering leaders, lawmakers, people with hearing loss, and venues around the world to welcome and include everyone, regardless of their ability to hear.

What does a hearing loop do?

telecoil purple one to manyAs the most popular assistive listening system (ALS), hearing loops send sound directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants–no additional equipment is required. No other system is this easy, discreet, and life-changing. With a telecoil in your hearing aid plus a hearing loop in a venue, you may be able to hear better than you’ve heard in years–perhaps better than you ever have.

More and more churches, theaters, town halls, libraries, classrooms, retirement communities and senior centers, hospitals, and even taxis and ticket windows are getting in the hearing loop the world over.

We invite you to explore our website, and connect with us to learn more.


News and Resources

September 27, 2019 – Join the Seattle Mariners for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Night on Friday, September 27, 2019.

The Mariners play the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 pm. Click here for specially priced tickets ($14), and here for a flyer with more information.

Ticket booths are looped, and ASL will be provided on-field during the national anthem.

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August 26, 2019 –  If you’re waiting for a replacement for hearing loops and telecoils, you’re going to be waiting a looooooonnnngggg time, so bring snacks.

The International Hearing Access Committee recently predicted that a substitute for loops is 10-15 years away.  Yes, 10-15 YEARS.

A replacement system would have to be non-proprietary, very low-cost, and lack latency and delay, among other factors. So for now, the universal, user-friendly, crystal clear loop/telecoil combo is the go-to technology.


August 16, 2019 – Two happy bits of loop news to report…

Town Hall Seattle’s newly installed loops are ready in all three spaces!

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Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon is looped!Mount Vernon 6

Thank you to donors, advocates, installers, and venue managers who made these loops happen.


 

August 14 and 24, 2019 – To improve their accessibility, Woodland Park Zoo is hosting two focus groups for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing. What could the zoo do to help you hear better? Let them know.

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 10:00 am – 12 noon
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 11 am – 1 pm

RSVP to Tany.holzworth@zoo.org or 206.548.2592.

Download this flyer for more information.


August 5, 2019 – Thank you, Juliette Sterkens, for visiting Panorama Retirement in Lacey, Washington! Come back to Washington State anytime. And soon!

 

 

 

 


September 21, 2019 – Hearing loss advocate, actor, and performer Kimberly Parker will give a workshop called “Welcome to My World: My Experience with Hearing Loss” on September 21, 2019, 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, Washington. Hearing loop, CART, and ASL will be available.

RSVP is required (attendance is limited): diane dot cinney at dshs.wa.gov.

Kimberly ODHH Sept 2019


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August 1, 2019 – Hearing loop signs are important. People with hearing loss can use your hearing loop only if they know about it.

If you have a hearing loop, we urge you download, copy, and use this symbol on your…

  • Website
  • Newsletters
  • Emails
  • Playbills
  • Event announcements
  • Social media
  • Counters
  • Doors
  • Walls
  • Anywhere people need to see it!


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July 18, 2019 – We’re sad to report the passing of Pat Kricos, an early hearing loop star advocate and former national HLAA board member. She was a mentor and a guiding light to us as we began our looping advocacy. We’ll miss you, Pat, but we carry your spirit forward in our work, so that all may hear.

 


July 12, 2019 – You’re invited to the HLAA-WA annual family picnic at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, August 3, 2019, 11-5 pm (eat at 12:30 pm.) For more details, including what to bring and how to get there, see our flyer.

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July 15, 2019 What happens when you’re advocating for a loop, and your initial answer is “no?”

National HLAA loop advocate Juliette Sterkens shares how she’s gotten to “yes” and even “YES!” when she’s advocated for hearing loops. Read the cover story in this month’s Hearing Life magazine.

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April 29, 2019 – The hearing aid consumer education bill (SB 5210) was signed by Governor Inslee today.

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Thank you Governor Inslee, advocates, supporters, and Washington State lawmakers for making protecting and helping hearing aid buyers with SB 5210.

We’ll be working with the Department of Health on rule-making and time. We’ll keep you posted.

Thank YOU to everyone who helped make this happen.

June 26, 2019 – Congratulations to HLAA-WA’s Diana Thompson for her Inspire Positive Aging Advocacy & Activism award from Sound Generations. Diana serves not only HLAA-WA but also several other committees and agencies, helping others age positively, too. 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 24, 2019 – The Get in the Hearing Loop toolkit is ready for download! This kit is professionally written, edited, designed, and branded.

Manufacturers, installers, advocates, or anyone who needs to hear better in a public place can use these tools to get more loops in more venues–and more sound in more ears.

What's in your toolkit


June 20, 2019 – We’re with Ann Thomas at the HLAA 2019 Convention, showing emerging and even established local loop chapters how to make loop-friendly communities a reality.

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Cheri Perazzoli and GITHL’s Ann Thomas at the 2019 HLAA Convention.

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Cheri Perazzoli (r) shares what makes a successful loop chapter. Ann Thomas (l) shares her experiences in California.


May 1, 2019 – May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. How can you help people with hearing loss, this month and year ’round?

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You can start by joining the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Hearing Loss Association of America—Washington. Learn about hearing loss, communication access, hearing aids, how to communicate with someone with hearing loss, and so much more.

April 29, 2019 – GiveBIG is coming May 8, 2019. Giving to HLAA-WA supports programs like Let’s Loop Seattle, local meetings, educational efforts, and much more.

April 3, 2019 – Join our friends at Rooted in Rights

and Disability Rights Washington for a film festival and discussion on May 7, 2019, at the Forum at Town Hall Seattle. CART and captioned videos; ASL on request. We hope the new loops at Town Hall will be working, and we’ll update you as soon as we know.

April 1, 2019 – New Mexico now has a telecoil education law! The governor signed House Bill 48, which requires telecoil counseling for hearing aid buyers. Way to go, Steve Frazier and our fellow New Mexican advocates.

January 1, 2019 – Adults under Washington State Medicaid can now receive a hearing aid (thanks to SB 5179, which restored coverage.) Final rules are being written, but interim rules are in effect. Here’s more info from DSHS. 

Please share this news far and wide, so that people with hearing loss can get the help they need.

November 28, 2018 – Interested in a loop for your home? Here’s a step-by-step guide from Loopin’ Lou Touchette.

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September 10, 2018The iHearU app now lets you indicate hearing loops. Are you using the iHearU app? Designed by UW professor and hearing loss advocate Dr. Kelly Tremblay, iHearU allows you to rate the sound level of restaurants, places of worship, hospitals, and more.

iHearU needs YOU! The more places that are rated, the more helpful it is for people with hearing loss and their families and friends. Download it from your phone and start using it today.  It’s free.


August 27, 2018 IEC Standards Brochure from Contacta. What do we mean when we say that hearing loops need to be installed to IEC Standards, and why does it matter? Click here to read more from Contacta.

August 23, 2018 Buying a hearing aid can be confusing and overwhelming. This brochure from HLAA-WA can help. You know you need to ask for a telecoil, but did you know you have a 30-day waiting period before your sale becomes final? Find out more about your legal rights, types of hearing loss, types of hearing aids, what to ask your audiologist, and more.

June 5, 2018 – Need help asking for hearing access? Download  our brochure for printing, or email it to the venue. Remember, communication access is required by law.

May 21, 2018 – The King County Council proclaimed May 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month. Thank you, Council members.

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March 21, 2018 – Senate Bill 5179 passed and was signed by Governor Inslee! Thank you to everyone who wrote to their lawmaker or testified in support over the bill—and of course, huge thanks to Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for taking this step toward helping some of our most vulnerable Washingtonians.

Our hearts are full. Hearing aids are now covered for adults on Washington State Medicaid, effective January 1, 2019. Please share this information with anyone who may need it.

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Governor Inslee signs SB 5179 while Senator Bailey, Walt Bowen, Joanna Grist, Rep. Goodman, Senator Conway, and others look on.

December 22, 2017 – Thank you to the Redmond Reporter for their story not only about us, but also about hearing loss advocacy.

December 12, 2017The Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center is looped. Thank you to the Federal Way Mirror for this fantastic coverage.

 

 

 

 

 


September 11, 2017  The Seattle Times talks hearing loops, and we’re quoted. Thank you, Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology and Seattle Rep for embracing the loop!

April 11, 2017 Senate Bill 5177, which requires long-term care workers be trained to recognize hearing loss, passed the House unanimously!

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Emotional and social impact

The emotional and social impacts of hearing loss can be tremendous. Many people, feeling the stigma that surrounds hearing loss, hesitate to get hearing aids or ask for help hearing. Yet untreated hearing loss can isolate people from their friends, families, and communities. Hearing loops are life-changing for many people, reconnecting them and re-engaging people with hobbies, activities, jobs, and community services.

Economic reality

Not treating hearing loss is costly. The financial impact of hearing loss not adequately treated or accommodated has been estimated at $122 billion in lost income and $18 billion in unrealized tax revenue.

Hearing access creates opportunities, civic engagement, professional success, and cultural appreciation. Loop technology is universal: it can be used almost anywhere worldwide, helping communication in transient situations every day for millions.

Experience a loop

Let’s Loop Seattle has helped bring loop technology to many Washington venues. For a list of looped locations in Washington, visit our Loops in Washington page, download our brochure, or check out our list of looped locations (updated February 2019).

Washington State’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) has installed loops across the state. Check this list with loops and addresses to access State of Washington government services and assistance via a hearing loop.

To find loops nationally, try LoopFinder, also available as an IOS app, or Loop America. If you’d like to join a loop campaign closer to you, download a a list of other local loop campaigns around the country.

We welcome you–venues, organizations, disability groups, senior groups, veterans groups, and everyday folks of all hearing abilities–on our journey to universal communication access and hearing-friendly neighborhoods.

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TRANSPORTATION

Commuting and traveling are safer, easier, and more enjoyable when fully accessible to everyone. Airport terminals, trains and train stations, metros, buses, taxis, and all check-in and ticket counters all benefit tremendously from hearing loops.

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HEALTHCARE

Clear communication is critical in health care settings. All heath care services– emergency room care, inpatient and outpatient services, surgery, clinics, classes, cafeterias, and gift shops–should be hearing accessible to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.

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GOVERNMENT

Participation in public forums is a right of all citizens. Government agencies that create universal access by readily providing communication aids and services (hearing loops, real time captioning, interpreters) encourage collaborative civic engagement.

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EDUCATION

We must provide all students with an education they deserve and equal opportunities to achieve their goals. Classrooms, auditoriums, and learning centers need to be accessible so that all students can participate and learn.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Universal access allows everyone to understand and enjoy performances without standing in line to check out and wear stigmatizing equipment that may or may not work. Arenas, theatres, and venues can easily provide communication access at ticket windows and food and vendor counters via a simple loop.

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EMPLOYMENT

The unemployment rate for people with hearing loss is 20% higher than that of the general population. Most people with hearing loss report lifetime earnings of nearly half a million dollars less than their hearing counterparts. Communication access in the workplace is vital to an inclusive 21st century workforce.