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Woodbury Co. supervisors consider "looping technology" for the hearing impaired

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

If you can't hear what's going on at meetings, it could be difficult to participate.

That's why Dick Salem went before the Woodbury County Supervisors Tuesday. He asked them to consider putting in a "looping system" that will allow hearing impaired to understand what's going on at the meetings. Supervisors unanimously agreed they would consider it for their meeting room.

Just last week, the city council chambers installed this system, and Salem expects the cost to be much lower for the supervisors room, around $1,000 or less. He said Sertoma Clubs of Sioux City will help pay for it. "Hearing impaired people like me, who have hearing aids, we don't go to the city council meetings. We don't go to the supervisors meetings, because you go and you hear, but you don't understand. And, so the looping system goes directly into your hearing aids when you walk into the room," Salem said

Salem said people with hearing aids just flip on a telecoil once the system is set up.

He said it works just like Wi-Fi, but for hearing aids.

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