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Many public venues offer assistive listening technologies, such as FM, infrared and hearing loop systems, to help those who struggle with hearing loss. The Assistive Listening Device Locator, sponsored by Listen Technologies, makes it easy to find assistive listening technologies in your area, by highlighting local theaters, hospitals, universities, and other venues that are equipped with such systems.


Searching for a venue on the Locator is simple:

  • Type in your zip code, address, or city
  • Venues with assistive listening systems will appear
  • Participate with the “Add a Location” function, if you’ve been to a venue with an assistive listening system that isn’t listed on the site
  • And report issues about the venue using the “Report a Problem” function

When asked about the ALD Locator, Karen Smith, an avid assistive listening device user from Wisconsin, said, “As someone who has hearing loss, and who uses assistive listening devices a lot, I think the ALD Locator is fantastic. I’ve used it in my own area and also while I’ve traveled to find places. It’s really helpful and I like supporting businesses that understand my needs.”

ALD Locator is fantastic … It’s really helpful and I like supporting businesses that understand my needs – Karen Smith

This is precisely why the ALD Locator was created – to help connect people to better and more positive listening experiences. Everyone has the right to enjoy hearing what they love. The ALD locator will help you locate numerous locations with assistive listening systems, so that you can continue to enjoy doing what you love to do.

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  • Connie Jacobs

    Unfortunately, just because they have an assisted hearing device doesn’t mean it works for people with hearing aids or cochlear implants. The two local theaters that are listed in my area have the ear bud type system which does nothing for me with cochlear implants and also means that people who wear hearing aids have to take them out to use the system. Not a very hearing friendly system. We tried talking with the manager of the theater but our conversation fell on “deaf” ears.

    • Connie,

      Thanks for your comment. If you look at the ALD Locator website you can see that each venue has a specific type of assistive listening system listed. I’m wondering, for your local theaters, were they listed as infrared or FM systems? Both types of systems may not be compatible with your hearing aids or cochlear implants, so it may pay to contact the venue prior to visiting! Telecoil loops (hearing loops) are more than likely to be compatible with your hearing aids/CIs, but you must have telecoil compatible hearing aids, and have them setup with a telecoil program (your hearing provider will need to set you up for this).. .


      • Connie Jacobs

        You are correct they do list as infrared systems. I didn’t mean for my comment to criticize your site or its information, it was more a comment that the infrared systems are totally useless for anyone who wears cochlear implants or hearing aids. They really are not serving the hearing impaired community but rather looking like they are helping. I have been to these theaters several times and seldom do I see the systems checked out. The volunteers who hand them out say most people say they don’t work.

        Again, your information is totally correct and I in no way meant to complain about your information or services.

        • Connie, I really appreciate your comment. I think this discussion is important as it helps to clarify the information on the ALD locator. I think your comment will help others to interpret the information on the site more carefully, and avoid making a trip to a venue that doesn’t have the tech they need! Thanks so much for contributing to this post!

          • Cynthia Compton-Conley, Ph.D.

            And and all assistive (NOT “assisted”) listening devices can work with hearing aids and implants, provided that the hearing instruments contain telecoils (or the streamer being used with them does). That being said, everyone knows that room loops are preferred because a receiver does not need to be worn (as the telecoil inside the hearing instrument IS the receiver), unless the person wants to check out a telecoil receiver with earphones. That being said, infrared and FM and digital wireless systems can be used with earphones or neckloops. It’s just that the consumer must borrow a receiver and be sure that a neckloop is supplied. The problem is that consumer do not like asking for receivers and thus the systems do not get used. And if they do not get used, then theater managers and others give up trying to work with the systems and the system lay around in disrepair.