By Alex Zank
March 1, 2016: Volunteers with hearing loss from the community visited the nearly finished reconstructed Milwaukee Intermodal Station train passenger concourse late last week to test its new hearing loop technology, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The technology better enables those using hearing aids or cochlear implants to pick up on sound systems in a building.
Program will prepare students for careers in creating mobile solutions and apps.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer an associate degree program in mobile application development. The program will prepare students for work in the software development industry with a focus on application design and development for mobile platforms.
The Hearing Loop Initiative in the United Kingdom
Hearing Link in the United Kingdom now has its own “Let’s Loop the UK” effort, with local loop groups. The hearing loop efforts in the United States were originally inspired by hearing loops in the UK.
HLAA Member Steve Frazier from Albuquerque writes about hearing loops in Sound & Communications.
Frazier writes: “AV engineers may look at assistive listening systems from the perspective of easy installation rather than from the user’s perspective and encourage venues to install FM or Infrared systems that will, quite frankly, get little use.”