ADA compliance for “Effective Communications” is possible for all Title II and III spaces!
Ironically, places of worship that are ADA-exempt, are leading the campaign for hearing loop systems to ensure inclusivity at their services and within their communities.
Audio Induction Loop Systems (Hearing Loops)
- Virtually no maintenance. Businesses or venues that install loop systems have virtually no maintenance on the system and do not have to purchase or maintain/sanitize/repair headphones such as those used with infrared or FM systems.
- Virtually NO LIMIT to the number of users of the system. All seats are good, front-row seats for ears that need a boost. This fact guarantees compliance with ADA rules for effective communications.
- Discreet assistance for all. Users will not “advertise” their disability by borrowing headphones – they only have to turn on their T-coil to pick up clear sound. There is no stigma attached to using the loop system.
- Win-Win for Hearing Aids & Implants. There is no need to remove a hearing aid while in a properly looped space. Users benefit from the loop technology AND their customized hearing aids for the best possible hearing experience.
- Standardized, International Compatibility. Loop technology uses a standard, universal system that any works with any T-coil equipped personal hearing aid/device in any country .
- ALL Brands of Hearing Devices Work. All T-coils built into hearing aids and cochlear implants work with ALL loop systems.
- Listeners use hearing aids they own. Sound is optimized for their personal hearing loss and needs.
- Improved clarity and understanding benefits businesses and individuals by reducing stress experienced by staff trying to engage in meaningful conversation with customers.
- Cost Effective. A loop system has a reasonable cost to install with minimal or no maintenance and many decades of reliable use for all seats within the loop.
- Loop systems don’t require you to purchase, maintain, clean and replace portable listening units. Most hearing aids and all cochlear implants have a built-in telecoil. Portable Loop “Listeners” are available ($145 each) and can serve as loaners for those without suitably equipped hearing aids.
There are two other types of assistive listening technology. Current feedback on these:
“Daniels says the church previously had a different type of system, one that used an FM radio transmitter and required users to wear headsets attached to receivers. However, it did nothing about background noise, and some people were uncomfortable using the headsets.” Source.