Assistive Technology Listening Devices

American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)


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This webpage describes an assistive listening device (ALD) as any type of device that can help a person function better in day-to-day communication situations. An ALD can be used with or without hearing aids to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise, or poor room acoustics.  It describes examples of ALDs, such as Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems, Infrared systems, Induction Loop Systems, and One-to-one communicators, as well as communication devices besides those that assist listening, such as alerting devices and visual systems.  ALDs for children in schools are also discussed.


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ASHA National Office

2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3289

(301) 296-5700