June 17, 2018. An excellent article, ‘City of Charlottetown improves access at City Hall for people with hearing loss’ by Dave Stewart of The Guardian was recently published in the newspaper. (See http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/city-of-charlottetown-improves-access-at-city-hall-for-people-with-hearing-loss-218999/).
You can see in the above photo that the sign for disability access includes the universal symbol indicating that there is a hearing loop installed. The ‘T’ on the bottom right stands for ‘telecoil’.
As word spread of the city’s initiative, a wish list for more hearing loop access in public venues began, with the airport, hospital, and theatres top of the list. Joan Gallant commended Charlottetown’s Mayor: “Congratulations to Clifford Lee for seeing the importance of looping City Hall. Next I would like to see Homburg Theatre looped!! The more public places looped, the more those of us who are hard of hearing will be able to take part and contribute to our communities.” We can only hope that interest in hearing loop access will grow!
If you do not have a telecoil activated in your hearing aid or cochlear implant, talk to your audiologist. As Brenda Porter noted in the interview with Dave Stewart “…the sound is clear and crisp. It’s as if I didn’t have any hearing loss. You can come in (to council chambers) and as long as you have a certain component in your hearing aid activated, you don’t have to put on a headset or put on a necklace or do anything that announces to the world that ‘Hey, I’m hard of hearing’.’’
If you have hearing loss, but don’t wear a hearing aid or have a cochlear implant, you can still access a hearing loop by other assistive listening devices. See our previous posting The Let’s Loop PEI Project – How You Can Access An Area With A Hearing Loop for more information.
Have you used a hearing loop? Share your experience and help build awareness so more places on PEI can be looped. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI
Follow this link to places on PEI equipped with a hearing loop: Places on PEI Equipped With A Hearing Loop
Don’t forget about our upcoming meeting, the last one before the summer break: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker: Dr. Michael Corman, Principal Advisor Senior’s Health at PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness, will give an update on the new Seniors Strategy for PEI. Our chapter participated on the consultation committee for this strategy. This is your opportunity to ask questions and make your voice heard as the Action Plan for the Seniors Strategy is developed.
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