Assistive Devices for Classroom Listening The listening problems experienced by people with hearing loss have been well-documented. Typical classrooms, where listening is so important, are especially noisy and reverberant environments. A number of strategies have been used to help students with hearing loss in the classroom. This article will examine three of the most common ... Short Course
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  • Dawna E. Lewis, MA
    Boys Town National Research Hospital, 555 N. 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / School-Based Settings / Short Courses
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Assistive Devices for Classroom Listening
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 58-69. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.58
History: Received May 21, 1993 , Accepted October 28, 1993
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 58-69. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.58
History: Received May 21, 1993; Accepted October 28, 1993

The listening problems experienced by people with hearing loss have been well-documented. Typical classrooms, where listening is so important, are especially noisy and reverberant environments. A number of strategies have been used to help students with hearing loss in the classroom. This article will examine three of the most common classroom assistive listening devices: large-area induction-loop-amplification systems, FM amplification systems, and soundfield amplification systems. Descriptions, benefits, and limitations of the systems will be discussed, along with candidacy issues for each system.

Acknowledgments
I would like to thank Martha Auslander, JoEllen Henriksen, Judy Kopun, and Pat Stelmachowicz for helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. I also would like to thank Mike Beck for the illustrations and Linda Mace and Paula Naikelis for assistance in manuscript preparation. This work was supported in part by NIH.
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