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AIP Bulletin October 2011
Age in Place at Home - it's where you want to be. - - Helping you AIP in your home, your way.

Quote of the Month
"Mature consumers want and expect a sympathetic understanding of the realities of age, but they do not want to be treated as old or elderly."
A.T. Kearney Study: What Do Mature Consumers Want?

Is It Time To Throw Out Those TV Ears?
Will Hearing Loops Replace TV Ears?

Could the Hearing Loop mean the end of TV Ears?

I don't know if anyone here has ever conducted a survey of the top ten things that really stress relationships, particularly in a multi-generational home, but I would guess the volume of the TV makes the top ten. Ok, maybe the top three. :-)

There's potential solution to the problem making it's way from public spaces into the home: hearing loops or assistive listening systems.

The basic technology, called an induction loop, has been around for decades as a means of relaying signals from a telephone to a tiny receiver called a telecoil, or t-coil, that can be attached to a hearing aid. Telecoils are also used to receive signals from loops connected to microphones in halls, stores, taxicabs and a host of other places.

A hearing loop, typically installed on the floor around the periphery of a room, is a thin strand of copper wire radiating electromagnetic signals that can be picked up by a tiny receiver already built into hearing aids and cochlear implants. When the receiver is turned on, the hearing aid receives only the sounds coming directly from a microphone, not the background cacophony.

Great Britain and most of Northern Europe already lead the way in having these loops in place. Part of the widespread use is attributed to the fact that nearly all the hearing aids distributed by the National Institutes of Health have T-coils in them. In the U.S. only about 30%.
Hearing Loop: Comparing Subway Sounds

Click here to listen to an audio clip of a hearing loop in a NY subway.

"People with hearing loss can dream of a future when hearing aids might also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound from inside their ears. They can dream of communities where worship places, auditoriums, business windows, and home TV rooms all broadcast their sound through these in-the-ear loudspeakers," says David G. Myers, a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich. and founder of has more information about the technology including places to purchase it and people who can install a loop system in your home.

We may have to coin a new phrase: "The Loop System Sounds Too Good To be True." We predict that soon a lot of people will be able to remove at least one level of stress in their relationships because it really is true.


Tomco Quality Construction
TOMCO: Certified Aging in Place Specialists | Universal Design | Accessibility | Minnesota 763.434.1522

Smart Homes: Glass Houses

Could the home of the future be mostly glass? Reader Michelle B. thought our readers would be interested in Corning's vision of the future and in their video: A Day Made Of Glass:

Are Glass Houses In Our Future?

Click here or on the image to watch A Day Made Of Glass.


According to A.T. Kearney's Global "What Do Mature Consumers Want" study we are experiencing a world wide "agequake" a "demographic earthquake of unprecedented proportions in the average life span of the human race. Falling birthrates and increasing longevity means that, for the rest of this century, the fastest-growing consumer group will be over the age of 60. As people live longer the implications for marketers, retailers and manufacturers promise to be both dramatic and far-reaching."

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