Surveys

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Loop Oregon. June 2024. A survey of 50 of Oregon’s largest meeting facilities about their provision of assistive listening systems as required by the ADA. (4 pages, pdf)

Findings

Only 16% of businesses reported having an assistive listening system of any kind.

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Frazier, S. et al., January 2024. “Consumer use of and preferences for assistive communication technology in public places.” Committee for Communication Access in America. Study Sample – 1519 individuals (9 pages, pdf)

Findings

Only 38% of respondents found accommodations

Manchaiah, V. et al. September 2021. “Consumer Ratings of the Most Desirable Hearing Aid Attributes.” Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 32, no. 08, pp. 537–46. Study Sample 14,993 individuals (webpage, subscription).

Findings

“Those with severe and profound hearing loss are more likely to rate hearing loop attribute as “extremely important.”

Note: Perhaps writing a question WITHOUT a focus on technology would give different results. For example:

  • The existing survey question that had a technology focus: “Ability to access audio broadcasted by hearing loops.”
  • That could be changed to a question without mentioning technology such as: “Improved ability to hear in public places, such as performing arts, events, city council meetings, and places of worship.”
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Frazier, S., 2017. “The T-coil: Old? Yes. Outdated? No.” Hearing Loss Magazine, HLAA. (2 pages, pdf)

Findings

“Only 33 percent of first-time hearing aid buyers were even told about the option, leaving 66 percent to learn about it after buying hearing aids and from some other source than their hearing health care provider.”

“The telecoil’s functionality is not confined to the U.S.- they work anywhere in the world.”

Frazier, S., 2016. “Hearing Loops Get The Vote Hearing-impaired individuals prefer this assistance system.” Sound & Communications. Respondents: 350 individuals (2 pages, pdf)

Findings

  • 32% would borrow the equipment, such as FM or IR (always or usually)
  • 75% would use a hearing loop with no equipment to borrow (always or usually)
  • 80% would recommend a hearing loop system for a facility where a new or upgraded assistive listening system

Kaufmann, T., et al, April 2015. “Hearing Loops-the Preferred Assistive Listening TechnologyJ. Audio Eng. Soc., Vol. 63, No. 4 (5 pages, pdf)

Findings

86% of hearing aid users prefer listening with a hearing loop and their own hearing device to other assistive listening systems.”

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