Aiphone, the leading international manufacturer of intercom and security communication products, is announcing its IXG Series tenant, guard, and entrance stations are integrated with Telecoil (T-Coil) to assist individuals with hearing loss or impairments who wear compatible devices.
This integration allows the IXG-DM7-HID IP Video Entrance Station to send out an electromagnetic signal that the T-Coil within a person’s hearing aid picks up, allowing the hearing aid and the intercom system to directly connect to produce a clearer sound and to remove audio interference. This feature allows those who suffer from hearing impairments to more easily communicate using an intercom system in multi-tenant facilities, as well as medical or elder-care facilities.
“The Telecoil integration is important to ensure Aiphone’s intercom and security communication products can be easily used by individuals who are hearing impaired and require the assistance of a hearing aid,” said Brad Kamcheff, Marketing Manager for Aiphone Corp. “More than 13% of people in the United States report some difficulty with hearing and Aiphone wants to ensure that our devices support accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act."
The T-Coil integration works like this: when a hearing-impaired individual approaches an intercom, the sound signal is connected to an amplifier, which generates a current to pass the signal to the induction loop which is usually made of copper tape or wire. The loop then produces an electromagnetic field and is then picked up by the T-Coil. As each hearing aid individually tailors the sound to the specific needs of the individual, the integration with T-Coil allows for reduced background noise and the full spectrum of sound frequencies required for intelligibility will be available.
The IXG Series from Aiphone features the benefits of an IP intercom with the versatility of a multi-tenant solution, all powered by a single, full-featured system. IXG Series solutions are ideal for commercial sites, industrial facilities, schools, campuses, parking garages, retail, emergency calling, and correctional applications.