Assistive listening systems provide an important service for those with challenging levels of hearing loss in many environments and applications, but they’re are rendered pointless if no none knows the facility is available to them.
It’s imperative that the necessary signage is displayed, as the systems themselves are invisible and inaudible to potential users – who wouldn’t know to ask for a receiver without being informed to do so.
The internationally recognised assistive listening sign consists of an ear graphic and brief instructions for those unfamiliar with the technology.
NB: Signs showing a T represent hearing loop systems for hearing aid and cochlear implant users with a T-coil fitted.
See https://www.ampetronic.com/products/hearing-loop-signs/ for more information on signs for hearing loops.
Signage requirements vary dependent on application, but the table below is a good guide to what is both suitable and necessary.
GG00011 A4 Assistive listening sign
|Application||Recommended Signage Requirement|
|Room area coverage system|
(theatre, waiting room, classroom, house of worship etc)
|A sign or window sticker at average eye height to each entry point to the space (on a door is perfect), and at least one large sign at a visible point on a wall within the covered space.|
N.B. If the system does not cover the entire area then a map of the coverage area should be at each entry point.
|Open plan area coverage system|
(transport hub waiting benches
|At least one high level sign that is visible from a distance, preferably with an indication of the area covered marked on the floor if possible.|