We write a lot about personal assistive listening devices like hearing aids, but there's another vital category of assistive technology that gets less attention - assistive communication technology in public spaces.
Listening devices in public spaces include hearing loops, loaner headsets, and much more.
We need your help.
Soundly has teamed up with a group of industry professionals to survey the hard-of-hearing community on their experience and knowledge of assistive technology in public spaces.
The survey takes 10-12 minutes to complete and covers various topics related to hearing loss in public spaces.
Who should take the survey?
US-based hearing aid and cochlear or bone implant users, as well as hard-of-hearing people who have no such devices, are invited to participate in the survey.
The survey runs from September 11 through September 30. Thank you for your participation!
How will the results be used?
The results will be used to educate retail establishments, airport facilities houses of worship and other public venues.
Many of these operators have little to no experience with assistive technology and are unsure of which systems to choose for their constituents. The survey will give them vital information and support the broader hard-of-hearing community.
The results will also help non-profit and advocacy groups and lawmakers better understand assistive communication technology's state and real-world impact.
The Committee has retained the services of the Frost Center for Data and Research at Hope College in Holland, Mich, for help with the survey design and then for the provision of the data collection, its analysis, and the writing of a report of the survey findings.
The professional staff of the Center hold graduate credentials in the social sciences and provide an extensive breadth of data and research experience, knowledge, and skills.
The Committee will publicly release the survey results after the analysis is complete, and we'll update this page with those details.