During the recent Rotunda renovation, a number of accessibility enhancements were included in the project. Most notably is the installation of hearing loop technology - also known as induction loop - into many of the meeting rooms and classroom.
Rooms equipped with loop technology will be identified by the universal symbol for hearing with a "T" in the bottom right corner. In the Rotunda, these signs are white with dark brown text and content.
What is hearing loop technology?
Hearing loops send sound directly from a microphone into a listeners’ telecoil (T-coil) enabled hearing aids or cochlear implant improving clarity and understanding. For the system to work, the hearing aid wearer must have the T-coil in their device turned on. Most hearing aids now come readily equipped with a T-coil, but it often has to be activated by the audiologist.
It is important to remember that if the speaker is not using the microphone and sound system installed in the room you are in, the hearing loop technology will not work.
What if my hearing device is not T-coil enabled?
Personal, portable Loop Receivers (worn around the neck or clipped to a belt) and headphones (both in-ear and over-the-ear) are available for check-out from the Rotunda administrative office. Contact this office for more information by email or phone (434) 924-7969.
Rooms in the Rotunda equipped with hearing loop:
- Classroom 150
- Multipurpose Room (Southwest Wing)
- Lower West Oval Room
- Upper West Oval Room
- Upper East Oval Room (an infrared hearing assistive system is also installed at this location)
- Dome Room