Most businesses and public spaces have made themselves wheelchair accessible, but what about some assistance for individuals with hearing difficulties? Installing a hearing loop clarifies speech and other sound for patrons with telecoil compatible hearing aids, is much less expensive than other modifications and will increase visitors or customers. Sometimes the owners of the venue simplyaren’t aware of how much a hearing loop might help. With a little bit of effort you may be able to get them to install one.
Churches and places of worship. While many churches, mosques and synagogues already have some type of assistive hearing device, it might be outdated and inconvenient or the place you attend may not have any assistance at all. If this is the case, let the leadership team know of the benefits of a hearing loop, such as being able to push a button to customize your ability to hear the sermon clearly through your own hearing aid. Introduce the idea in a newsletter or bulletin by explaining how a hearing loop works and how easy it is to install.
Theatres and gathering places. In the United States, it is a legal requirement for pubic assembly spaces to have audio amplification. A hearing loop is an easy way for a venue to comply with this law. To promote this need, you can write to or meet with the people in charge of these public spaces and business to explain the need and benefits. For example, accommodating the hearing challenged will increase the number of visitors in these places.
Information you’ll need. When you approach the managers of these venues, you’ll want to be prepared with information so you can build awareness and understanding. Define hearing loop, its function and costs. Explain the necessity and convenience of hearing loops for you and others. Entice them with the increases in patronage they will gain. And above all, be a helpful and friendly resource for your community.