- December 8 2017
Ward 7 Councillor Donna Skelly says the City of Hamilton has become a Canadian leader in creating a more inclusive community for the hearing-impaired. On December 8th 2018, Hamilton’s City Council passed Skelly’s motion requiring Hearing Loop technology in all newly-constructed or renovated public assembly areas.
Statistics Canada says 40% of adults aged 20 to 79 have hearing loss in one or both ears. “There is tremendous value in a policy that ensures inclusivity for people who are hearing impaired,” says Skelly, “Hearing Loops allow people to participate more fully in everything from politics to entertainment.”
A Hearing Loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with t-coil enabled hearing aids and cochlear implants. The loop sends a direct signal to the t-coil, which removes unwanted background noise and eliminates the need for alternative headset/receiver devices. Hearing Loops also allow for more than one person to use the system at the same time.
Skelly has also asked for a list of existing city facilities that would benefit from Hearing Loop technology.
Skelly would also like to thank Julia Colantino, a young woman who was instrumental in creating this important change.