All meetings of the Albuquerque chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America include a hearing loop in the mix of technologies used to make the meetings accessible to those with mild hearing loss all the way to those who are deaf.
Jim Ogle, an engineer from Los Alamo labs began attending meetings many years ago and was impressed with the improved clarity and intelligibility he experienced when he first accessed the hearing loop. He became a chapter member and an advocate for hearing loops, joining the chapter's board of directors and encouraging them to sponsor an initiative he suggested naming "Loop New Mexico."
Jim became the chair of the Loop New Mexico Committee and he prepared a handout that was given to chapter members encouraging them to advocate for a loop system at their church. As the old saying goes, the rest is history.
Partnering with a local loop installer and the state's Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Loop New Mexico played a big rolel in the spread of the technology throughout the state. To raise awareness of the technology there were many newspaper articles placed by the group over the intervening years along with many power point presentations made to civic groups, churches, adult learning classes, agencies and conferences and elsewhere along with booths being set up at health fairs and other events. Mailings of information brochures on loop/telecoil technology were done to thousands of hard of hearing New Mexicans and also placed in hearing care offices, senior and community centers and libraries. Samples of the latest versions, suitable for downloading and printing on a home computer and printer can be found here.
As the initiative grew it caught the attention of the national office of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and in 2012, after initiating their own looping campaign entitled Get in the Hearing Loop (GITHL), HLAA awarded Loop NM the first ever "Get in the Hearing Loop Award."
In addition to the national exposure of HLAA's GITHL campaign, there are now over two dozen HLAA chapters and state organizations conducting their own looping campaigns and even more being run independelty by other hearing loss or loop advocacy organizations.