- Increase the number of auditoriums, classrooms, and conference rooms on campus that are outfitted with hearing loop technology. Among the several assistive listening technologies, hearing loops are the most user-friendly and they make economic sense. To learn more about this point of view we recommend familiarity with the Loop Wisconsin website.
- Improve the reliability and usability of the infrared systems that are installed in 200+ classrooms.
Learn About Listening Loops and Other Technologies
Listening Loops: The Preferred Assistive Listening Technology (Kaufmann, Sterkens, and Woodgate)
This article discusses the benefits of hearing loops as an effective and userfriendly assistive listening technology and summarizes the current progress of adoption in the United States. Research shows that audio frequency induction loops are strongly preferred by hearing aid users over FM and IR systems and allow venues to provide their hard-of-hearing patrons with the optimal and most convenient listening experience.
The goal of this blog is to inform and bring those interested together to help loop one community at a time.
In the Loop (Myers and Sterkens)
Momentum is accelerating toward a new world of assistive listening for Americans with hearing loss. We refer to the mushrooming support for induction loops (aka “hearing loops”), which transmit a magnetic signal to the telecoil (T-coil) receiver that now comes with most hearing aids and all new cochlear implants. With nothing more than a push of a button, the hearing instrument becomes a wireless loudspeaker.
A “best practice” document that should be considered by those contemplating the installation of a system.
‘Invisible’ No Longer (S. Thunder)
Staying current on assistive-listening legislation and hearing-loop installation standards
A 2017 presentation that includes a fair amount of technical information on the different technologies.
Federal Disability Legislation
American with Disabilities Act: Guidelines
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Regulations
List of all the classrooms and auditoriums that have assisted listening systems based on infrared technology.
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Guidelines from Infrastructure, Properties, and Planning.
Presentation by Andrea Haenlin-Mott (October 2017)
Institutional Disability Access Management Strategic Plan for Cornell University (AY 2015).
Kappy Fahey (Director, Student Disability Services)
Andrea Haenlin-Mott (ADA Coordinator, Facilities Management)
Andy Page (Manager, Integrated Audio and Video Engineering,CIT)
Cindy Robinson (Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti)
Charlie Van Loan (Dean of Faculty)