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ERIC Number: ED509284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Assistive Listening Devices in the Classroom. PEPNet Tipsheet
Clark, Catherine
Many students who use hearing aids effectively in quiet environments have a difficult time following information presented in large college classrooms. In the classroom, the instructor's voice is competing with background noise, room echo, and distance. Therefore, the intelligibility of the instructor's voice is degraded by the poor room acoustics as well as the hearing loss. Most Assistive Listening Device systems (ALDs) use a microphone /transmitter positioned close to the instructor's mouth to send the instructor's voice through the air or by cable to the receiver worn by the student. By placing the microphone close to the instructor's mouth, ALDs can provide clear sound over distances, eliminate echoes, and reduce surrounding noises. Assistive Listening Devices have proven to be an effective teaching tool for students with hearing loss. Providing a good listening environment can have a major impact on an individual's academic performance. ALDs utilize different technologies. Typically, they are wireless or wired. Wireless ALDs make use of radio frequencies, light rays, or magnetic inductive energy to transmit sound. Hardwired ones use direct electrical connection to transmit the auditory signal. Each system has special features, capabilities, advantages, and disadvantages. This paper discusses three ALD systems--FM, Soundfield Amplification, and Induction Loop Systems.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet-Northeast