WELS Mission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MDHH), part of the Commission on Special Ministries, is offering $500 grants toward the installation of a hearing loop to WELS/Evangelical Lutheran Synod congregations that apply for it.
MDHH reports that hearing the spoken word in a church setting continues to be a struggle for people dealing with hearing loss. They may miss a phrase that would have been the exact thing their heart needed that day. Or they may choose to stop coming to church because they are frustrated or discouraged by the amount of effort required to catch the full message.
Modern technology has solutions to alleviate this problem. One solution is to install hearing loops in churches. A hearing loop works with people’s hearing aids to provide a clearer sound directly into their ears.
Tom Schultz, a member at St. Luke, Watertown, Wis., which has a hearing loop installed, explains, “The hearing loop works through the sound system. For those of us who have hearing aids that are compatible with the hearing loop, it gives a real sound quality to us. I think one of the key factors is the clarity. Without the hearing loop, I pick up a lot of it, but with the hearing loop, I pick up everything; it’s crystal clear.”
Volume 109, Number 05
Issue: May 2022