FM device (for students who are hard of hearing)
Many people who are hard of hearing experience problems with noise-to-distance ratio, echo, reverberation, and background noise. The most frequently used amplification system in post secondary settings is the FM system, which reduces these interruptions.
The system commonly used at Memorial consists of two small parts, a small microphone and FM transmitter worn by the instructor, while the student utilizes direct auditory input boots, a neck loop or small earphone and FM receiver. It provides direct wireless transmission of the instructor's voice from a microphone-FM transmitter to a student-worn FM receiver. The professor's voice is amplified only to the student wearing the FM receiver, and the professor has the freedom to move around without restrictive cords. The instructor's voice is received by the microphone which is attached to the instructor's lapel, approximately 4-6 inches from his/her mouth. When the instructor speaks, his/her voice will be transmitted directly into the hearing aid of the student and it will sound as if the instructor is no more than 4-6 inches from the student. This system is not a recording device, and it does not interfere with a microphone (or vice versa).
Students should bring the FM transmitter to their instructors at the beginning of each class and collect it from them at the end of each class.
If a student notices that their instructor is having a private conversation while he or she is wearing the FM transmitter, he/she should TURN OFF their FM receiver.
Students who do not own their own FM device can request to borrow one from the Newfoundland Co-ordinating Council on Deafness (NCCD). They should contact the NCCD (see contact information below) at least 4 to 6 weeks before classes begin each semester to request this service or to enquire about the other services offered by this agency (e.g., tutoring, note taking, counselling, consultation for faculty and staff, etc.).
Upon request, the Blundon Centre can contact a student's instructors before classes begin and demonstrate how to use the FM device. The Centre can also liaise with the student's instuctors and discuss accommodation issues (e.g., any recommended testing accommodations, useful communication tips, etc.). For assistance or to request more information, contact the Blundon Centre.
Newfoundland Co-ordinating Council on Deafness
14 Forbes Street
P.O. Box 26076
St. John's, NL