About Jensen AV

Jensen Audio Visual is serious about sound.

A low spill phased array installed at the Santa Barbara Zoo Discovery Pavilion.

"There is nothing worse than walking into an environment with poor intelligibility," says Eric Kalpakoff, Jensen Audio Visual engineer.

Having mastered the art of assistive listening systems, our team of certified technicians is helping people hear clearly and in some cases, hear clearly for the first time in their lives.

Our assisted listening systems, including Hearing Loop integration, are in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From ticket sales counters to auditoriums, our systems can be installed in variety of environments benefiting those needing hearing assistance.

Sales Ticket Counters

System Types

Hearing Loop Systems
Hearing Loop solutions offer individuals with the “invisible disability” of hearing loss the ability to experience full, rich interactions in just about any setting. Listen’s Hearing Loop solution delivers intelligible sound directly to an individual’s T-Coil hearing aid creating a personalized listening experience.

Users can enjoy a discreet listening experience without background noise, competing sounds, reverberation and other acoustic distortions that reduce the clarity of sound. Hearing Loops can be installed in a variety of environments to benefit those that need hearing assistance.

How Do Hearing Loops Work?
A hearing loop system transmits an audio signal directly into a (Telecoil or, T-Coil equipped) hearing aid via a magnetic field, greatly reducing background noise, competing sounds, reverberation and other acoustic distortions that reduce clarity of sound.

This diagram illustrates how they work.

Stationary RF Systems

Stationary RF products allow you to wirelessly transmit audio from a fixed base transmitter to portable receivers – just like your own private radio station! RF technology works indoors or outdoors and, like your cell phone, easily transmitting through walls. Enjoy greater versatility for assistive listening, language interpretation, audio description or multi-channel audio distribution applications.

• Full range of versatile products to meet your needs
• Up to 57 channels available for transmission
• Meet legislative compliance requirements for assistive listening
• Limited Lifetime Warranty – with hassle free support

There are many other assisted listening systems to choose from, contact our sales representatives for more information.

ADA Compliance

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, programs and services provided by state and local government, goods and services provided by private companies, and in commercial facilities.

This Act includes provisions to accommodate hard of hearing people, including incorporating Assistive Listening Systems in new building construction, in alterations or renovations to buildings and facilities of private companies providing goods or services to the public. It also requires that State and local governments provide access for the hard of hearing in programs offered to the public.

2010 Notice of Changes in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design

In 2010 the Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.

To review the complete scope and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36) go to http://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm

On March 15, 2012 the changes that were made in 2010 to the ADA related to assistive listening systems went into full effect on all newly constructed or altered facilities with assembly areas stating that these must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards for Assistive Listening Systems.

In brief the requirements: In each assembly area, where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, an Assistive Listening System (ALS) shall be provided.

Twenty-five percent (25%) minimum of receivers provided, but no fewer than two, shall be hearing-aid compatible. Each assembly area required to provide assistive listening shall provide signsinforming patrons of the availability of the assistive listening system. These signs shall comply with the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss.
Assembly areas include, but are not limited to: classrooms, lecture halls, courtrooms, public meeting rooms, legislative chambers, motion picture houses, auditoria, theatres, playhouses, dinner theatres, concert halls, performing arts centres, amphitheatres, arenas, stadiums, grandstands, and convention centers.

Other Regulations
Read the regulations set forth by the appropriate governing body to learn what the requirements and recommendations are and how they may apply to you.

International Building Code (IBC)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has revised an important standard for accessible buildings. This ANSI standard is adopted in most states as legally enforceable, defining what needs to be done to provide accessibility. The standard, ANSI A117.1, now hearing loop system must meet the requirements of the performance standard IEC 60118-4.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005—its goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. The Act covers a broad range of disabilities, including hearing disabilities.

Section 12 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR): Part 2—Information Communication States:
12(1) Except as otherwise provided, every obligated organization shall upon request provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities, in a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability; and at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charge to other persons.

(2) The obligated organization shall consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.

(3) Every obligated organization shall notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.

Use the Listen Technologies ADA Calculator to find out if you are in need of an assisted listening system.

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Contact Jensen Audio Visual for more information on assisted listening systems.

Office: 805.962.0110

210 East Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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