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Wesley United Methodist Church has installed an "induction loop system" in its sanctuary to assist hard-of-hearing parishioners in its sanctuary.

Unlike an amplification system that makes sound louder for everyone in an audience, the loop system targets only those wearing hearing aids. It works by creating a "sound field" from an inconspicuous wire loop that encircles the sanctuary, and the amplified signal is transmitted directly to the listener's hearing aid. The hearing aid must have a T-coil setting to work with the system. The T-coil is the same technology found in hearing aids that assist in using telephones.

"Not only does this make the worship experience better for our members who wear hearing aids, but we also wanted to make this technology available to the larger community as well," the Rev. Ellen Rasmussen said. "We invite all those in the community with hearing difficulties to join us at Wesley for worship and try our new system."

Wesley United Methodist is located at 721 King St. For questions, call the church office at (608) 782-3018.

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