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What are your experiences with Active Aid Listening?

Started 3 months ago

I just read @Alexis Bou Farhat, CTS-D, CTS-I's post on Active Aid Listening Systems (ALS) and was excited to learn that "in the case of compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants, the neck loop can interface with these devices to provide an enhanced listening experience."

Are these devices commonly available in universities, houses of worship, auditoriums? And how do they work in a mobile environment such as an airport or shopping mall? 

Thansk @Lisa Matthews, CTS - AVIXA  for checking my Post .

Active Aid Listening Systems (ALS) are indeed commonly available in various public settings, including universities, houses of worship, auditoriums, airports, and shopping malls. These systems are designed to provide an enhanced listening experience for individuals with hearing aids or cochlear implants.

In universities, houses of worship, and auditoriums, ALS devices are often installed to ensure that individuals with hearing impairments can fully participate in lectures, religious services, or public events. These venues typically have dedicated ALS infrastructure, such as ALS receivers and transmitters strategically placed throughout the space. Users with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants can connect to these systems using a neck loop or other compatible accessories. The neck loop interfaces with the hearing aid or cochlear implant's telecoil (T-coil) feature, allowing the audio signal from the ALS system to be directly transmitted to the user's hearing device.

In a mobile environment like an airport or shopping mall, ALS systems may be available on a more limited basis. These environments often provide portable ALS devices that users can borrow or rent. These portable ALS systems consist of a receiver unit, which can be worn or carried by the user, and a transmitter unit that broadcasts the audio signal. Users can connect their hearing aids or cochlear implants to the receiver unit using a neck loop or other compatible accessories, similar to the setup in fixed installations.

The transmitter units in mobile ALS systems are typically deployed in specific areas or locations within the airport or shopping mall. For example, in an airport, ALS transmitters may be placed near gate areas, information desks, or other public spaces where important announcements are made. Users can move around the facility with the receiver unit, allowing them to hear important announcements or other audio information clearly, despite the presence of background noise.

It's worth noting that the availability and extent of ALS systems can vary from one location to another. While some venues may have comprehensive ALS infrastructure, others may have limited or no ALS systems in place. However, there is a growing awareness of the importance of accessibility, and many public spaces are working towards implementing ALS systems to cater to individuals with hearing impairments and provide an inclusive environment.

To ensure access to ALS systems in specific locations, it is recommended to check with the venue or facility beforehand to inquire about the availability and accessibility of ALS devices. Additionally, some individuals may opt to carry their personal ALS receivers to ensure consistent access to enhanced listening experiences in various environments.

I trust i shared enough information !

@Alexis Bou Farhat, CTS-D, CTS-I, thank you for the detailed explanation! I'm familiar with its use in dedicated spaces but had no idea people could tap into these systems with their own devices, let alone in spaces such as airports. I love learning about applications like this - thanks again for sharing the information and for taking the time to further explain how it works and can benefit those with hearing impairments. 

I invite our community to share Alexis' post with their networks or tag others in the comments to highlight this impactful technology.