A number of venues at the University have been outfitted with hearing loop technology - also known as induction loop. Hearing Loop is available in a number of rooms in the Rotunda, Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, Bavaro Hall, Ruffner Hall, and the Miller Center Forum Room
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. Elsewhere, the rooms are identified with the standard blue/white signage.
What is hearing loop technology?
A hearing loop system sends sound directly from a microphone into a listeners’ telecoil (T-coil) enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants 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.
Secondly, it is important to remember that the speaker must use the microphone and venue sound system for the hearing loop technology to 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. Use the venue-specific contact information below to reserve a device for your use or for more information.
- Rotunda (see below for specific rooms): Contact the Rotunda administrative office (email) (434) 924-7969.
- Bavaro Hall / Ruffner Hall (see below for specific rooms): Contact Josh Fitzpatrick (email) (434)243-1624 or Diane Cole (email) (434)243-1644
- Old Cabell Hall Auditorium (select events): Contact Joel Jacobus, Director of Music Production, (email) (434) 924-4485
- Miller Center Forum Room: Contact Michael Greco, Director of Information Technology, (email) (434) 924-4016.
OTOjOY sells LoopBuds Hearing Loop Receiver Earphones if you are interested in purchasing your own device.
Personal receivers can be used in any venue that is looped, world-wide.
Rooms in Bavaro Hall/Ruffner Hall equipped with a hearing loop:
- Holloway Hall (116)
- Dean's Conference Room (104)
- Small Conference Room (318-A)
- Various areas within the Sheila C. Johnson Center
- Ruffner 177 (Classroom)
- Ruffner 302
Rooms in the Rotunda equipped with a 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