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Individuals with hearing loss are advised that the Deer Park City Council Chambers – located in City Hall at 710 E. San Augustine – is equipped with a Telecoil Hearing Loop.
Telecoil or “t-coil” was first developed for use with telephones. When the user switches their hearing aid to T-coil, they pick up inductive field energy instead of acoustic sound. The inductive field is modulated with an audio signal and no other listening amplification device is needed.
According to Nathan Bell with the City’s Information Technology Department, the loop encompasses the majority of the chambers. The graphic below outlines the perimeter of the loop in blue, with the red “X” marks inside the loop representing available seating for meeting attendees.
“Modern hearing aids enhance hearing in conversational settings, but a Telecoil Hearing Loop can help in environments where speakers are distant, there are other sources of sound, or where sound reverberates,” Bell said. “To utilize the Telecoil Hearing Loop in our Council Chambers, all a visitor has to do is turn on their telecoil receiver, which is already included in most hearing aids.”
For those with hearing loss who do not have hearing aids, Bell said the City also has six headsets that will allow visitors to benefit from FM technology, which uses a boosted radio signal to send audio to the listener’s receiver headset.
For more information or to try our advanced hearing systems out for yourself, please plan to attend our City Council meetings (typically held the first and third Tuesday of each month), or other public meetings held in the Chambers. A member of the Information Technology Department or the City Secretary’s Office will be available to assist, as needed.