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Assistive Listening Device

Assistive listening devices allow students with mild to moderate hearing loss to hear instructors more clearly. Most assistive listening systems are comprised of a microphone worn by the speaker transmitting amplified sound to a receiver worn by the student.

Assistive listening devices are most effective for students with mild to moderate hearing loss. Assistive listening devices are required by law to be installed in any classrooms with public address system and more than 50 fixed seats. In classrooms without public address systems, the student often has a personal system for the instructor to use. Assistive listening devices come in many types. Most assistive listening systems are comprised of a microphone worn by the speaker and transmitter which is either connected to a sound system or sends radio or infrared signals to a receiver in earphones or hearing aids worn by the student. Most systems in college classrooms are FM systems as they are the easiest to install and aren't as sensitive to fluorescent lighting or electrical interference.



Students should provide their schedule to the services for students with disabilities office, prior to the start of the term and to let the office know if they need a T Coil. In the case of classrooms with installed assistive listening devices, they will need to pick up a receiver for that classroom before the semester begins. Students are also responsible for alerting the services for students with disabilities office if there are any problems using their assistive listening device.


Instructors need to use microphones or other equipment required by the assistive listening technology. If other students are presenting, faculty should also instruct them to use a microphone, and faculty should repeat comments or questions posed by class members so they can be heard by students using assistive listening devices.


The university or college is responsible for providing listening systems in any classrooms with a public address system with more than 50 fixed seats. The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for providing students with assistive listening devices for the classrooms that have permanent systems and and for providing information to the faculty about how to effectively provide accommodation to a student who uses an assistive listening device.


Related Functional Characteristics

Hearing Loss : Assistive listening devices are technologies designed to help students with hearing loss to hear more clearly without interference or the loss of intelligibility.

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