Most public places and businesses have modified their buildings for accessibility to wheelchairs, an extremely visible disability, but may not be aware of the less visible challenges faced by people who have difficulty hearing. That’s where hearing loops come in. Places with hearing loops provide much clearer speech and sound directly to the telecoils inside hearing aids.. Putting in a hearing loop is a fairly low cost improvement which can bring in new visitors and customers for the venue. If you’re having a hard time hearing the speakers at church, the actors at the local theater, or at any other place you frequent, it is possible to have a hearing loop put in with a little effort.
Places of worship. Only a few places of worship have modern hearing loops installed. Many don’t have any assistance for the hearing impaired. Others are using outdated technology that is not convenient or difficult to use. If this applies to your favorite worship place, bring it to the attention of organizational leaders and be sure to mention how a hearing loop will make listening to sermons much easier for their patrons. You might try to gain popular support for the idea by submitting an article to the website or newsletter of the church.
Theatres, auditoriums & sports arenas. The guidelines for the Americans for Disabilities Act require that assembly areas have a method of audio amplification for their visitors and this requirement is filled with the installation of a hearing loop. Contact the general manager of the venue and ask for a meeting. Be prepared to explain the costs involved as well as the benefits to the patrons and to the venue. For example, these places will see an increase in attendance because people with hearing challenges will be able to participate.
Information you’ll need. No matter how you choose to bring up the matter, create understanding by sharing facts, promoting awareness for the need and garnering understanding. Define hearing loop, its function and costs. Explain the necessity and convenience of hearing loops for you and others. Explain to them the benefits of their increased business. Lastly, remain respectful and stay up to date as a resource to your community.