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Assistive Listening Devices

Students or other individuals who have a hearing impairment or learning disability affecting auditory discrimination (including attention-related disabilities), may benefit from the use of assistive listening devices (ALD) in classes or at university-sponsored programs.

Many students have found this system effective in helping them focus on the instructor's voice and filter out background noises in the room. Problems associated with instructor habits of moving around the room or talking while they face the blackboard are reduced by using an assistive listening system.  ALDs may also be beneficial to visitors in large group meetings or campus-wide programs.

Assistive listening devices are portable, wireless and battery-powered.  In each class or event, the presenter wears the lapel microphone unit and the student retains the receiver unit.  If a student uses a hearing aid, transmission is received through a neck loop, headset, or small ear bud.  The presenter's voice transmits through the system clearly, distinctly and directly to the student.  The volume may be adjusted according to the individual's preference.

UDSS determines eligibility and refers individuals to the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic for assistive listening device loan and training.

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