July 25, 2018. Yesterday another step forward for accessibility for those with hearing loss was made. The City of Charlottetown has been active in ensuring hearing accessibility at City Hall. The reception area and council chambers have had a hearing loop installed (See Charlottetown City Hall is Looped). With the help of our PEI based Let’s Loop PEI technicians, the city has now also looped the billing counter in their accounts receivable area on the main floor.
The installation happened early in the morning, just as City Hall opened. Phil Pater and Tom Barnes, two well known sound technicians on the island, are certified to install hearing loops according to IEC60118 international installation standards. We’re delighted that these professionals are willing to add hearing loop installations to the list of services they offer.
Once the hearing loop was installed it was time to test it. Can you see the delight on Phil’s face when he realizes the counter loop is ‘activated’?
My turn was next, and Phil was quick to catch my ‘aha’ moment, when I could hear Tom, who sat behind the counter.
Once we knew the hearing loop worked, the staff members behind the accounts receivable department counter were invited to test it out. Summer student Brett MacFadyen had his own ‘aha’ moment.
We applaud the City of Charlottetown for their initiative in bringing accessibility for those with hearing loss to City Hall. We encourage more places to join them. Counter loops are affordable and easily installed. If you have a venue that uses a counter or booth with a glass barrier, please consider the benefits of making your venue more accessible!
List of places on PEI with a hearing loop: https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/places-on-pei-equipped-with-a-hearing-loop/
© Daria Valkenburg