Hearing assistance

We use two systems of hearing assistance, infra-red and induction.


Sound from the lectern including voice, computer and video presentations are broadcast through infra-red signals. Infra-red rooms have this sign in the room: 

An outline of an ear with a dots entering it and wide lines above it.We have replaced the old Sennheiser IR neck loops with Listen IR LR-5200 devices. These offer better quality sound and are charged from a standard USB charger

To convert the infra-red signals to a signal that your hearing aid can pick up, your hearing aid must be switched to the T-position (not all digital hearing aids feature this setting).  

Borrow a Listen IR receiver

Neck loops and chargers are available to borrow: 

Listen IR LR-5200 receiver

You can download basic instructions.

Induction loop 

Induction hearing loop logoInduction loops are indicated by this sign in the room. Due to the close proximity of many of our rooms, to each other, loops can only be deployed in a few rooms:

  • Alan Walters:  G03 Main Lecture Theatre, G11 Lecture Theatre 2, SR1 103, SR2 111, SR3 112, Harvard Lecture Theatre 222
  • Aston Webb C Block : Main Lecture Theatre
  • Aston Webb A Block: WG5 & WG12
  • Chemical Engineering: 124
  • Poynting Physics: S02 Large

To use an induction system, no extra hardware is required - you should just turn your hearing aid to the T position.


System availability is shown on our rooms pages (ADF login required). Look for the "Accessibility Grading" section. The type - induction loop or infra-red - is shown in the notes for the room.


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