Facilities in Illinois With Installed Loops

Accessibility for persons with disabilities has come a long way since the 1970s with wheelchair ramps and grab rails becoming the norm.  Because hearing loss is usually an invisible condition for the 8.4 million Americans who use hearing aids, their needs are often overlooked.  Hearing aids are portable, customizable tools for amplifying soft and conversational sounds to suit the needs of a particular hearing loss.  However, for a person with a hearing loss - even using appropriately fitted hearing aids - sounds in many public locations are muffled, blurred or muddled due to the extra noise and echo/reverberation in the room and the distance from the speaker.  For a comparatively small investment, facilities can provide a high quality tool that can be used by patrons with hearing aids - without ongoing maintenance of dozens of costly and delicate headsets - by using the patron's own hearing aids as a headset for a loop system.

Loop systems involve a transmitter box linked to the facility's sound system, which is then coupled to a specially-installed coil of wire that surrounds a room or area.  Within that area, hearing aid users may simply turn their hearing aids manually to the "telecoil" (telephone or t-switch) mode to plug in wirelessly to the sound system.  An example recording made in a large church with and without a loop system is available here: list of looped facilities in/around Illinois available to the public.  If there is a facility you frequent that is not accessible and you would like assistance in advocating for it to become more accessible, please email illinoisacademyofaudiology@gmail.com 

These institutions are supporting people with hearing loss by broadcasting sound directly to hearing aids

  • Addolorata Villa Chapel, Wheeling
  • Admiral at The Lake, Chicago
  • Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury
  • Audiology Associates of Deerfield, IL 
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • Aspen drive Library, Vernon Hills
  • Baxter-Auditorium and Cafeteria, Deerfield
  • Calvary Church, Naperville
  • Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, Lake Villa
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Vernon Hills
  • Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry
  • Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest
  • City of Lake Forest Village Hall, Lake Forest
  • Community United Methodist, Naperville
  • Congregation Solel-Sanctuary, Highland Park
  • Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville
  • Covenant Village of Northbrook, Northbrook
  • Culver's Restaraunt Drive-Through, Buffalo Grove
  • First Congreagational Church, Crystal Lake
  • First Congregational Church of Western Springs, Western Springs
  • First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, Chicago Heights
  • First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Deerfield
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Lake Forest
  • First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Libertyville
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wildwood, Grayslake
  • First United Methodist Church, Decatur
  • First United Methodist Church, Evanston
  • First United Methodist Church, Waukegan
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
  • Friendship Village, Schaumburg
  • Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Hinsdale
  • Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago
  • Hearing Health Center, Chicago
  • Hearing health Center Oak Brook
  • Hearing Health Center Naperville
  • Hearing heath Center Highland Park
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville
  • Kenilworth Union Church, Kenilworth
  • Lake County Federation of Teachers #504, Gurnee
  • Lake Forest Place –  Vail Room, Lake Forest
  • Lake Forest Senior Center, Lake Forest
  • Landmark's Renaissance Place theatre, Highland Park
  • Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Lincolnshire
  • Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire
  • Marytown Chapel, Mundelein
  • McDonald’s Restaurant Drive-Through-Window, Wadsworth
  • Meijer Pharmacy, Orland Park
  • Memorial United Methodist Church, Zion
  • Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights
  • Northbrook First United Methodist Church, Northbrook
  • Northlight Theatre of North Shore Center for The Performing Arts, Skokie
  • North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab, Highland Park
  • North Shore Congregational Israel, Glencoe
  • North Shore Senior Center, Northfield
  • North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield
  • Northwest Speech and Hearing, Arlington Heights
  • Patty Turner Senior Center, Deerfield
  • Plymouth Place Senior Living, La Grange Park
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Salem United Church of Christ, Oaklawn
  • Sedgebrook Retirement Community –  Shoreline Lounge, Lincolnshire
  • Sertoma Speech and Hearing, Palos Hills
  • St. Chrysostom's Church, Chicago
  • St. Emily's Catholic Church, Mount Prospect
  • St. Francis De Sales Catholic Parish, Lake Zurich
  • St. Gilbert Catholic Church, Grayslake 
  • St. James Catholic Church, Arlington Heights
  • St. James Catholic Church, Highwood
  • St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Libertyville
  • St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Round Lake
  • St. John's Lutheran Church, La Grange
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Libertyville
  • St Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Sugar Grove 
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Waukegan
  • St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Morton Grove
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Mundelein
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Kenosha, WI
  • St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek
  • St. Paul's United Church, Chicago
  • St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights
  • St. Raymond's De Penafort Parish, Mount Prospect
  • Theatre of Western Springs, Western Springs
  • Three Crowns Park, Evanston
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston
  • United Methodist Church, Libertyville
  • Vernon Area Public Library, Vernon Hills
  • Vi at the Glen-Senior Center, Glenview
  • Village of Northfield, Northfield
  • Westminster Place-Elliott Hall, Elliot Chapel, Assembly Hall, Evanston
  • Writers Theatre, Glencoe
  • Wilmette Public Library-Auditorium, Wilmette
  • Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka
  • Winnetka Covenant Church, Winnetka
Where known ...
* - facilities with headsets also available for those attendees without a tcoil-equipped hearing aid
** - facilities with very limited headsets available (go early if one is needed)

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