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Greenburgh Library Unveils New Audio Aid For Hearing Impaired

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenbugh Public Library recently unveiled its new art induction loop from the Westchester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

The new technology helps those who are hearing impaired. The Westchester HLAA chapter donated the loop technology using 2013 Walk4Hearing proceeds. An audio induction loop makes it possible for people with hearing devices to listen to and enjoy events that require PA systems that would otherwise be inaudible, according to a press release.

Greenburgh Public Library, one of the largest free libraries in Westchester, is the first in the county to receive a system of this kind, according to a release.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner presented a proclamation, naming April 24, 2014 “Hearing Loss Association of America Day” in the Town of Greenburgh.

Senior integration specialist at Metro Sound Pros Leo Garrison spoke to the audience about his company’s installation of the loop and the importance of this system to the hearing impaired population, according to the release.

“This technology has allowed us to help so many people, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Garrison. “We have to advocate for the 17 percent of the American population with hearing loss, and unfortunately that number is increasing.”

John Sexton, acting director of the Greenburgh Public Library, thanked the Westchester Chapter of HLAA for its generous funding of a permanent looping system, which cost nearly $5,000, according to the release.

“It’s really an honor to be able to donate this looping system to the Greenburgh Library, witnessing its completion, and knowing how it will impact so much of the community in a positive way,” said Steve Wolfert, co-chair of HLAA Westchester’s 2014 Walk4Hearing. “This just gives HLAA more fuel to make our 2014 Walk4Hearing an even greater success so we can continue to make a difference like we did here today.”

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