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Distance and noise are two factors that create difficult listening conditions. Assistive listening systems can minimize the impact of these two factors. These systems combine a transmitter placed near the desired sounds, which is wirelessly linked to a small receiver that you wear. This receiver, in turn, delivers those sounds directly into the amplification device in your ear(s). The New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing operates an Assistive Listening Device Loan Program. This loan program enables people with hearing loss, as well as community organizations, to borrow the devices on a trial basis from county libraries. Two types of systems are available: Personal FM Systems for use up to 150 feet, and Wide Area FM Systems for use in larger spaces. Both systems are portable and come with simple instructions. They readily connect to all types of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and also work with ear-buds or lightweight headsets. To see pictures of these two systems, click the following link - FM System Images. Participating loan libraries are listed below:

Atlantic County Library

40 Farragut Ave. Mays Landing, NJ 08330 (609) 625-2776

Burlington County Library

5 Pioneer Boulevard

Westampton, NJ 08060

Telephone: (609) 267-9660

Camden County Library

203 Laurel Road

Voorhees, NJ 08043

Telephone: (856) 772-1636

Gloucester County Library

389 Wolfert Station Road

Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Telephone: (856) 223-6000

Monmouth County Library

Headquarters 125 Symmes Drive Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249 Telephone: (732) 431-7220

Eastern Branch 1001 Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4398 Telephone: 1 (866) 941-8188 (Toll free) (732) 683-8980 (Freehold area)

Montclair Public Library

50 South Fullerton Ave.

Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 744-0500

Morris County Library

30 East Hanover Ave.

Whippany, NJ 07981

(973) 285-6979

Ocean County Library

101 Washington Street

Toms River, NJ 08753

Telephone: (732) 349-6200

Piscataway Public Library

500 Hoes Lane

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Telephone: (732) 463-1633

Sussex County Library

125 Morris Turnpike

Newton, NJ 07860

Telephone: (973) 948-3660

Additional libraries will be offering the Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program to their county’s residents in the near future. You may also go to your local library and ask for the equipment through the New Jersey Interlibrary Loan Service for Libraries. When you arrive to pick up your system, you will receive training on how to use it. Loan period is limited subject to availability and individual library policy.

For additional information please contact the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 800-792-8339 toll free in New Jersey.

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