State Legislatures Install Wireless T-Coil Networks The Rhode Island and Arizona state legislatures recently installed wireless networks that transmit sound to telecoils in hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing aids or cochlear implants. They are the first state legislatures to install the technology, which is available to legislators, staff and visitors. The Rhode Island system was funded by ... News in Brief
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State Legislatures Install Wireless T-Coil Networks
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State Legislatures Install Wireless T-Coil Networks
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB6.22032017.9
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB6.22032017.9
The Rhode Island and Arizona state legislatures recently installed wireless networks that transmit sound to telecoils in hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing aids or cochlear implants. They are the first state legislatures to install the technology, which is available to legislators, staff and visitors.
The Rhode Island system was funded by the state’s General Assembly and Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing paid for it state’s system.
The technology allows sound from microphones to stream directly to hearing aids or cochlear implants with “T-coils,” filtering out background noise and allowing users to clearly hear only the person speaking into a microphone.
In Rhode Island, the system was installed in five of the most-used rooms in the State House, including the Senate and House galleries. Other rooms have a new FM assistive-listening-device system.
In Arizona, the technology was installed in the House and Senate Chambers as well as the hearing rooms. Wireless headsets are also available for people without compatible devices.
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