4-Person Enersound Assistive Listening System with Neckloops and ADA Plaque (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
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FAQ's: Assistive Listening Systems
What’s the difference between an assistive listening system and an interpretation system? They look identical to me.
The main difference is its intended use: an assistive listening system is meant to transmit the original floor audio at an amplified voice for people that are hard of hearing or in noisy environments and an interpretation system transmits the voice of the interpreter speaking in a different language than the main speaker. In practical terms, the difference is that an assistive listening system does not include a microphone since the transmitter uses the venue’s PA system as an audio source. Additionally, fully ADA compliant assistive listening systems need to include at least one tele coil neck loop to connect FM receivers to hearing aids with t-coil and also an ADA plaque showing the venue is in compliance with ADA regulations.
Our auditorium is pretty big, how long is the range in these systems?
The range depends on the brand and model of the transmitter included in the system as well as on the type of transmitter, whether it’s stationary or body pack. We recommend systems that feature stationary transmitters such as the Enersound T-500, which has a range of up to 500ft with the included antenna and it’s expandable up to 1000ft with an external antenna. Body pack transmitters usually cover a shorter range of up to 150 ft.
How can I calculate how many receivers we will need to be ADA compliant?
We have an ADA compliance calculator on our site, that can be accessed through this link https://www.translation.equipment/assistive-listening/. By entering the maximum capacity in your assembly area, the calculator will provide with the number of receivers and neck loops you should have available at any given time for your audience.
I already have a transmitter/receivers from a system we purchased in the past, will they be compatible with the system you sell?
If your old system works in the 72-76 MHz band, it should be compatible with Enersound assistive listening systems. You will be able to mix and match receivers and transmitters without any issues.
The portion of our audience that needs assistive listening is usually elderly people who are not savvy with technology, are your devices simple enough for them to manipulate?
Yes, of course the audience won’t have access to the transmitter, only to the FM receivers, and these are extremely easy to use, since only one channel is used in assistive listening when you hand them the device, they will already have it tuned to that channel, so all that remains for the end user is to adjust the volume with a push of a button and put on their headphones.
Assistive listening systems
Assistive listening systems (also known as Assistive Listening Devices, ALD) is the denomination for small personal devices that can improve hearing abilities for people with any degree of hearing loss. They are common in public places like theaters, and can also be connected to other audio sources.
Basically, Assistive Listening technology helps bring the sound closer to your ears. There are several types of assistive listening devices: amplified telephones, FM systems, hearing aid compatible phones and alerting devices, just to name a few. These can be used at home/for everyday activities or be available at events or public places such as museums, cinemas, government buildings, among others.
Assistive listening systems work by separating the different sounds and just delivering voice or speech into the ears. Each assistive listening device holds a different capacity to do this, known as “speech to noise ratio.” Assistive listening systems do not replace hearing aids, but they work as a compliment. These can be used for people with different degrees of hearing loss, even if they don’t use hearing aids and can be helpful in specific situations.
Since hearing aids can work with certain limitations in specific environments, assistive listening systems are a perfect complement for people with hearing loss, as they can greatly improve hearing capacity.
Main Differences between ALS and Hearing Aids
As we mention earlier, ALS and hearing aids are two different things. But what are the main differences between them? Both types of devices are meant to be worn on your ears, with the main purpose of amplifying sounds.
Hearing aids are small devices that go inside or behind the ear, they and are programmed and fitted to the ear of the user, according to the type and degree of hearing loss.
On the other hand, Assistive Listening Devices are mainly used in public places, where the amount of ambient noise is higher, and the source of the sound is usually positioned at a distance from the audience. Examples of these include theaters, movie theaters, convention centers, houses of worship, etc. There are different types of assistive listening systems designed to be used for people already using hearing aids or not. These usually look like a small handheld radio with a pair of headphones.
Thanks to ALS, people with different degrees of hearing loss can listen to sounds being broadcasted through a sound system, with the help of a receiver that can be connected to a neck loop (for people who use hearing aids with telecoil) or a pair of headphones for non-hearing aid users.
There are many different types of Assistive Listening Devices available on the market, being FM Systems and infrared systems the most common ones.
Assistive Listening Systems for Schools and Classrooms
We all know that classrooms are places where listening is really important, even though they tend to be particularly noisy environments. This makes ALS a strategic tool to help students with some form of hearing loss in their education.
Assistive Listening Systems for Venues
In 2010 changes to the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) became a law, making assistive listening devices mandatory at any venue that offers sound as part of their experience. This includes Title II entities (state and local governments) and Title III entities (businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public.)
ALS can help turn the experience into an enjoyable one, by bringing sound straight from the source directly to the individual’s ear.
Infrared Assistive Listening Systems
Infrared Systems work by using infrared light waves (just like the remote controls do.) Sound is broadcasted from a transmitter to an infrared receiver using IR light waves. These are particularly sensitive to light (not recommended for outdoors) and cannot pass through walls.
The main components of an IR system are a modulator (that receives audio signals from the sound system), an emitter (that is used to transmit the audio signal to the receivers) and receivers with headphones or neck-loops. Sometimes a transmitter can replace an emitter and modulator into one device. This is particularly useful in small rooms.
FM Assistive Listening Systems
Frequency modulation (FM), also known as Radio frequency, uses radio broadcast technology as a transmission method to deliver sound.
The most common type of ALS uses this kind of wireless technology. FM Assistive Listening Systems consist of a set of receivers that can be used with earphones or neck loops and a radio transmitter, in charge of sending the radio transmission to the receivers.
FM technology is not affected by sunlight and can be used in different size venues.
Assistive Hearing Device, Assistive Listening Equipment Systems
Assistive Listening Equipment for your Communication Needs
An Assistive Listening Device is used to improve hearing ability for people in a wide variety of situations. Our assistive listening systems are expandable up to an unlimited number of receivers and can be used to improve comprehension by people who have difficulty hearing or understanding speech in various settings including meetings, houses of worship, movie theatres, schools, municipal buildings, etc. The audio signal is sent wirelessly straight to their ears, in order to avoid the degrading effects of noise and distance on speech intelligibility.
The Assistive Listening System was definitely a valuable addition to our accessibility offerings.
Pretty affordable system to comply with ADA guidelines. We've been using it a lot and everything works perfect so far.
The shipping was really fast and the tech support specialist was super helpful. This is perfect for the size of our venue.
The quality overall is great, sound is crystal clear.
Works like a charm, even at a distance the signal is strong and sound quality is superb.
Among our church s plans was to purchase a listening assistance system. A fellow minister recommended this as they use it in their church. It was easy to attach to our sound system and it works perfectly.
After some reforms in our auditorium, we realized that something was still missing: Compliance with the law and provision of hearing assistance. For our room size, this system seemed the best option.
A complete and efficient solution to provide hearing assistance to our guests.
We were in need of an assistive listening system and this one seemed ideal to us. We love the fact that we can expand it in the future. The neckloops are a plus for our hearing impaired who use hearing aids.