SEHL logoGet in the loop logochurch outsidechurch insidemeeting roomCongress photoBoard meeting room photoclassroom photoLoop signconference room  photogradeschool classroom photoMovie theater photoopera house photopublic gathering photoplayhouse phototourbus photo

Assistive Listening Systems Consultation and Installation for Commercial and Residential Applications

The Americans with Disabilities Act indicates that Assistive Listening Systems must be installed in assembly areas that have a seating capacity of 50 or greater, or those containing a sound reinforcement system, to accommodate the communication needs of the hearing impaired and their companions by increasing the signal to noise ratio of the program and reducing the effects of distance and reverberation.

Induction Loops, FM, and Infrared Assisted Listening Systems each have unique advantages and disadvantages. We can help you choose and install the system that is right for you to comply with the the assisted listening system requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We also provide ongoing service for the system, as well as training for staff. In the case of non-transient users, such as a church congregation, Dr. Holmes can provide inservice on the use of hearing aids with telecoils with the installed system.

Living Room

Residential systems have been found to greatly improve satisfaction of hearing aid use while listening to the TV. There are both permanent and portable solutions for the home.

Watch youtube examples of how loop systems help to reduce the effects of distance, noise, and reverberation on speech understanding:

Loop system at subway train station

Loop demonstration in a reverberant church

A child's first experience with a home loop system

While churches and private clubs are exempt from the requirements of the ADA, many comply for the benefit of their members. The following exerpts are from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines July 23, 2004:

216.10 Assistive Listening Systems.

Each assembly area required by 219 to provide assistive
listening systems shall provide signs informing patrons of the availability of the assistive listening system. Assistive listening signs shall comply with 703.5 and shall include the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss complying with 703.7.2.4.
EXCEPTION: Where ticket offices or windows are provided, signs shall not be required at each assembly area provided that signs are displayed at each ticket office or window informing patrons of the availability of assistive listening systems.

219 Assistive Listening Systems

219.1 General.

Assistive listening systems shall be provided in accordance with 219 and shall comply with 706.

219.2 Required Systems.

In each assembly area where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, an assistive listening system shall be provided.
EXCEPTION: Other than in courtrooms, assistive listening systems shall not be required where audio amplification is not provided.

219.3 Receivers.

Receivers complying with 706.2 shall be provided for assistive listening systems in each assembly area in accordance with Table 219.3. Twenty-five percent minimum of receivers provided, but no fewer than two, shall be hearing-aid compatible in accordance with 706.3.

Assembly Area:

A building or facility, or portion thereof, used for the purpose of entertainment, educational or civic gatherings, or similar purposes. For the purposes of these requirements, assembly areas include, but are not limited to, classrooms, lecture halls, courtrooms, public meeting rooms, public hearing rooms, legislative chambers, motion picture houses, auditoria, theaters, playhouses, dinner theaters, concert halls, centers for the performing arts, amphitheaters, arenas, stadiums, grandstands, or convention centers.

Assistive Listening System (ALS):

An amplification system utilizing transmitters, receivers, and
coupling devices to bypass the acoustical space between a sound source and a listener by means of induction loop, radio frequency, infrared, or direct-wired equipment.