Greenburgh Library Takes a Huge Step to Help Hearing Impaired

The Greenburgh Library in Elmsford will on Thursday be the first public reading facility in Westchester County to unveil a new state-of-the-art technology called an audio induction loop, which will greatly improve hearing devices for those with hearing impairments.

Sounds through hearing aids can be muddled by ambient sound and background noise, but audio induction loops, which wirelessly transmit sounds directly from a microphone to the hearing aid, largely enhance sound quality.

Leo Garrison, an engineer for Washingtonville audio specialists Metro Sound Pros, will be at the Greenburgh Library April 24 at 9 am to speak about the recent installation of the loop in the library’s multipurpose room.

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The Hearing Loss Association of America has joined with the American Academy of Audiology in a campaign to make audio induction loops more common in the United States. New York has started to install them in various places such as ticket booths at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, the Apple store in SoHo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Westchester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s 2013 Walk4Hearing donated the $5,000 installation fee for the new technology.

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