HART, Mich. (WZZM)- A local company is helping people hear better at home and in public places.
InLOOP Technology manufactures home and commercial induction loop systems, which are devices that create a signal that people with hearing aids can pick up. The device sends sound from a microphone or television directly to most hearing aids, eliminating background noise and echoes. The company's product can be found in schools, concert halls and churches, including St. Francis in Muskegon.
Unlike its overseas competitors, InLOOP Technology makes its products one at a time in West Michigan. The manufacturer operates out of a former general store near Hart. It uses a small network of suppliers on the lakeshore to make the units' case, decals and other parts. Employees then hand-assemble circuit boards.
"We are proud of the fact that we are making it in the United States and that we are making it in West Michigan," says Terry Simon, owner of InLOOP Technology.
At an office in Norton Shores, InLoop holds regular training courses on how to properly tune hearing aids to receive loop signals.
InLoop's home and commercial systems are available at 500 hearing centers nationwide. The company also has a distributor in Russia, and shipped its first order to Australia two weeks ago.
To learn more about InLOOP, click here.