We love it when amazing people come to town, especially when those amazing people talk about something near and dear to our hearts. In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, Loop Utah and the local Utah Chapter of the HLAA have invited Dr. Juliette Sterkens as a special guest speaker.
Let’s face it. Other than parents, teachers have the greatest influence over children, so it is essential that students hear well in the classroom. That’s why we released ListenPoint 2.0, our latest Soundfield solution—we wanted to make learning limitless.
Posted by: Hayley Heaton
6 months ago
The State of California relies on the California Building Code (CBC)
to outline the compliance laws for facilities that serve people with hearing disabilities in California. The CBC is updated and published every three years. The most recent version of the CBC took effect on January 1, 2014.
While California has adopted the format of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the exact code was not adopted. For example, ADA sections 219 & 706 are listed in the California Building Code as 11B-219 and 11B-706.
There are two areas in which the CBC differs from the ADA: What they define as assembly areas and the amount of assistive listening receivers they require in these assembly areas. Below, you will find more specific information on each of these topics.
In Part One of the CBC, Assembly Areas are defined as, but not limited to, the following types of spaces:
· Lecture halls
· Public meeting rooms
· Public hearing rooms
· Legislative chambers
· Motion picture houses
· Theaters, playhouses, & dinner theaters
· Concert halls
· Centers for the performing arts
· Convention centers
· Conference and meeting rooms
This does not apply to systems used exclusively for paging, background music, or a combination of these two uses.
In section 11B-244.1, the CBC states: “Religious facilities shall be accessible in accordance with the provisions in the code. Where specific areas within religious facilities contain more than one use, each portion shall comply with the applicable requirements for that use.” In other words, California has deemed houses of worship to be classified as assembly areas; they are not exempt from the CBC requirements, nor are they exempt from the requirements of providing an assistive listening system.
Number of Receivers Required
The chart below highlights the CBC’s requirements for the number of assistive listening receivers required in an assembly area:
· If a building contains more than one assembly area, which requires an Assistive Listening System, the total number of receivers can be calculated according to the total number of seats in the assembly areas, as long as the receivers are useable with all the systems.
· If all the seats in an assembly area are served by a Hearing Loop System, the minimum number of receivers required to be hearing aid compatible will not be required to be provided.
As mentioned above, the CBC is reviewed and updated every three years. In California, if a facility is not compliant, the local building department is the enforcement agency per Health and Safety Code 19958. Additional information can be found at https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/bsc.ca.gov/.
I am a firm believer that we all want to do the right thing. We all want to provide patrons and guests with Assistive Listening and become ADA compliant. What do we do next?
The original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 ensures that disabled individuals are given their rights to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, telecommunications, and other vital services. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. Revisions were made to Title II and Title II in 2010, and they took effect on March 15, 2012, to match the 2003 International Building Code (IBC).
Very recently, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) in California. CASI is devoted to influencing positive change through awareness and proactive adaptation in building access. As one of the Co-Founders of Listen Technologies and a passionate advocate for Assistive Listening, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance, and for people with hearing loss, this was a wonderful opportunity to build awareness.
Posted by: Hayley Heaton
8 months ago
In November 2013, Audiologist and Chair of the Loop Utah Movement, Dr. Anne Lobdell had aHearing Loop Installed in her office. Listen to her discuss the experience, as well as why she decided to join the Loop Utah Movement in the video below.
Posted by: Hayley Heaton
8 months, 1 week ago
More often than not, we think of using Assistive Listening Systems during loud sporting events, concerts, and at movie theaters to hear the latest blockbuster sound effects. The members of theInsight Meditation Community of Berkeley, however, have proven that Assistive Listening helps them during a different activity. They use Assistive Listening to help them meditate.
Posted by: Russell Gentner – President, Listen Technologies
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next can be a worthwhile endeavor. Not only should you celebrate the positive things that happened, you can also learn what to improve upon for success in the future.
Posted by: Carrie Keele
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Kauri Sue Hamilton School during the holiday season. The experience made an incredible impact on me, so much so that I wanted to repeat the experience again. This year, we were fortunate to have members of the KSL News Team and Madeleine Brown of the Deseret News join us for the event. You can read her wonderful article about it below, originally posted on December 17, 2013 on the Deseret News Page>>>