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What is an Assistive Listening System (ALS)?

An assistive listening system is a wireless system including transmitters and receivers, to improve the experience for those with hearing loss, sending the audio direct to headphones, hearing aid, or cochlear implant, without amplifying ambient noise.

Required Components of an Assistive Listening System (ALS)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all public spaces where audio is integral to the use of the space must provide an assistive listening system to accommodate those with hearing loss.

Questions to Ask Your Customers

  • What are you currently using for assistive listening?
  • What is the seating capacity of the room(s) or space(s)?
  • Do you have a preferred technology?
  • Are you looking at something installed or portable?
  • Does the audio need to be private or secure?
  • Does the customer want to be able to utilize Smartphones or BYOD?

Comparing Technologies

ListenRF uses radio frequency to transmit audio directly to a receiver without amplifying ambient noise for superior speech intelligibility. Audio sources are wired to a transmitter and guests use receivers to tune into a specific channel. Listen Technologies is the only manufacturer to offer radio frequency assistive listening systems in both the 72 MHz and 216 MHz frequencies. Systems using the 216 MHz frequency offer a larger coverage area for larger venues like arenas and stadiums. Applications range from college campuses to museums, anywhere you broadcast audio to a group.

ListenTALK is a portable assistive listening system. The transceiver (combination of transmitter and receiver) is worn with a headset and mic by the speaker and the listener can use either a transceiver or just a receiver to hear the audio.

A modern, simple, and cost-effective solution for assistive listening, Listen EVERYWHERE is our audio-over-Wi-Fi solution. Listen EVERYWHERE connects audio sources to a server to stream them over a Wi-Fi network. Guests use an app on their smartphones to access the channel of their choice. Ideal for any venue looking for a cost-effective way to provide audio to a large group.

ListenIR uses infrared technology to transmit audio within a room. Infrared systems provide line-of-sight security for assistive listening needs. Infrared systems transmit audio to anyone with a receiver in the line-of-sight of the emitter. Infrared systems are most often used in courtrooms, medical settings, or for organizations where security is essential.


System Recommendations

*For areas with a larger seating capacity, simply use the Listen Technologies ADA calculator or reference chart below to add receivers and neck loops.

Requirements Based on Seating Capacity

In the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law requires a certain number of receivers and neck loops. This is based on the seating capacity of the space. The chart below outlines the requirements for meeting ADA compliance for supplying the number of receivers and neck loops based on the seating capacity of the space.

If you need any assistance selecting the right system, our sales team can deliver quick recommendations. Call us at 801.233.8992 or chat with us (look for the chat box in the bottom right-hand of the website) or email [email protected]

Resources

Assistive Listening Systems

Compliance

Accessibility Calculator

Download PDF Format

Three separate ListenTALK receivers in a row with different group names on each display screen.
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Bluffdale, Utah
84065-4818 USA

Phone: +1.801.233.8992
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Listen Headquarters

14912 Heritage Crest Way
Bluffdale, Utah
84065-4818 USA

Phone: +1.801.233.8992
Email: [email protected]
Toll-Free: 1.800.330.0891

Listen Europe

Alsvej 21
Randers, NV 8940
Denmark
Phone: +45 2939 4422 Email: [email protected]