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Churches and cathedrals
Theaters, courts, and
Drive through stations,
ticket windows
Airports, train stations
Home TV rooms
Future venues: Offices, cars, phone enhancements






The Hearing Loss Association of Michigan (formerly Michigan SHHH) has adopted the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the number of people in Michigan with a hearing loss is fast growing due to an increase in population and the accumulated effects of toxic noise, and

WHEREAS, people with hearing loss require technology in addition to hearing aids and cochlear implants to hear in many environments, and

WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Michigan's Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights (MPDCR) prohibit public places from denying a person with a disability the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations, and

WHEREAS, public places as defined by ADA and MPDCR include, but are not limited to: hotels, convention centers, theatres, doctors and law offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, state and local government agencies, employers, and

WHEREAS, when public places comply with these acts, they generally do so by providing headsets that are not appropriate for hearing aid and cochlear implant users, and

WHEREAS, there are many new and emerging technologies such as telecoils, plug in or built in FM receivers, and Bluetooth that benefit people with hearing loss, and

WHEREAS, these technologies work best when sound is broadcast directly through hearing aids and cochlear implants so equipped,

THEREFORE, on behalf of Michigan's hard of hearing persons, HLA-MI recommends that Michigan's public places, as defined by ADA and MPDCR, and where sound is broadcast, install assistive listening systems that broadcast directly through hearing aids and cochlear implants. We further recommend that, as mandated by the United States Access Board, such newly installed systems also provide appropriate receiver attachments for those persons without suitably equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants.

October 15, 2006