One in seven of people in the UK suffer from hearing loss, this ranges from a slight loss through to total deafness. The Equality Act requires that you make “reasonably practicable adjustments” to support these people.
Nub aid in the specification, design, installation and maintenance of standards compliant assistive listening systems. We help you to meet relevant legislative requirements and improve the experience of your users who are hard of hearing.
People who suffer from hearing loss require more than just increasing the volume of sound into their ears. The loss of hearing is generally associated with processing auditory information in the brain. People with unaffected hearing can pick out sounds quite easily, even in a noisy environment, which a person who is hard of hearing might struggle with.
When a person loses about 80% of their hearing, they generally need a background noise level that is 15 to 20 times lower than is usually experienced. This can be difficult to achieve unless the desired signal is taken straight from the source and transmitted directly through the assistive listening system to the user’s ears, removing excess ambient noise.