Every hard of hearing person knows the added travel anxieties
arising from hearing loss. In noisy, sometimes cavernous stations,
one wonders: Was that the train to Washington or Wilmington
that's now boarding? In airport gate areas, one struggles to
understand the explanation for one's apparently delayed flight--or
did the gate agent say that boarding will commence shortly?
In such transient settings, as in other transient
venues, alternative listening systems are impractical.
One just isn't going to check out an infrared receiver and
headset at Detroit Metro Airport's Gate C27. But it sure would
be nice to be able to switch on one's T or MT setting and
be able to hear! Stephen Frazier offers a list of airport installations. See also his article "Hearing Loop Technology Is Taking Off at Airports Around the World."
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Both concourses and all gate areas)
See press releaseand more