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Halacha - hearing aid and loop system
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I have restricted hearing and have ahearing aid that does not have to be switched on Shabbos. the only shul available to me has a loop system installed which is switched on befoe Shabbos. may I make use of it
Answer:

It's generally accepted that while a microphone may not be used on Shabbos, a hearing aid is permitted. I had never heard of a loop system before you asked about it, but based on the information I discovered on the internet it would seem to be more similar in Halacha to a hearing aid because it is subtle and one does not speak directly into it. One potential issue would be if there would be reason to be concerned that the hearing aid wearer would forget and switch from "T" mode back to the regular setting on Shabbos.

So, while it seems to me that it should be allowed, I'm not confident enough in my understanding of the technical issue involved to give a definite approval.

posted:2008-05-25 07:47:21


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