36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. When a person enters an area where they cannot hear clearly, they become disconnected from their environment—this is the exact opposite of an architect’s intention.
With new legislation and rapid technological advancements, it is becoming increasingly important for architects to actively design assisted listening solutions into the project as early as possible. Early implementation is particularly critical when a Hearing (Induction) Loop systems is considered for a project because it may need to be embedded into the concrete or otherwise added to the infrastructure. Hearing Loops are an increasingly popular option and they shouldn’t be left until the AV consultant is hired.
Cory Shaeffer, Co-Founder of Listen Technologies, on Early Consideration of Assisted Listening in Design.