The Holland-Zeeland Hearing
It's wonderful that churches, schools, and businesses have
made themselves accessible to the visible minority of people
in wheelchairs. Our 2002 initiative in the adjoined cities
of Holland and Zeeland, Michigan, encouraged these institutions
also to make themselves accessible to the larger but largely
invisible minority of hard of hearing people. This is most
effectively accomplished through induction loop systems that
broadcast sound directly through hearing aids.
As widespread as hearing loop systems are becoming in Britain,
Scandinavia, and other northern European countries, they were
as yet virtually absent in the U.S.A. In an effort to optimally
serve the growing hard of hearing population, we sought to
make Holland-Zeeland a model looped community.
Would you like to do the same for your community? Here you
will find our goals and strategies, which perhaps might assist
you in supporting the hard of hearing where you live.
- What were your
objectives and strategies for the community initiative?
- What organizations did you invite to your kick-off meeting
and how did you tailor the invitation letters
to the different types of venues those organizations represented?
- What are the results of the hearing loop initiative?
- Where can I find vendors
of induction loop systems?