Hearing Compliance

Hearing Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public facilities to provide equal access to people with disabilities, including those individuals who have difficulty hearing.

 Please read our document on the ADA, or view our collection of information on Global Disability Legislation.

Assistive Listening

Assistive listening Technology is technology that can help in various listening situations. Often, a hearing aid or an implant is not enough. In such cases, there are technologies that are designed to help people hear better. These are designed to enhance telephone communication, TV reception or listening in various kinds of public venues. Your hearing professional should evaluate your need for one or more of these devices and direct you to the appropriate vendor.
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The ADA Calculator and Guideline Chart do not apply to the State of California. In California, please refer to the California Building Code (CBC) for hearing assistance compliance requirements.
See our California CBC Requirements Presentation 2015. (Ref: CBC Vol 1, Vol 2 ; sections 11B-219.2-3, 11B-244.1, 11B-706.3).


This is a guide for service providers, employers and businesses. Topics covered in this guide include how hearing loop systems work, how to look after them and how to make your business more accessible to people who are hard of hearing. This guide will help to make sure that whatever investment is made produces the best possible return for both the service provider and the customer. Written by International Hearing Loop Manufacturers Association (IHLMA).
How assistive technology can be used to enhance a nursing home resident’s quality of life.
A practical look at assistive listening devices and how they benefit people who suffer from hearing loss. Written by Dr. Mark Ross, this article covers everything from TV listening systems to telephones to large-area infrared listening systems.