• The University of Oviedo installs induction loops to improve the accessibility of hearing-impaired people

    January 16, 2014

    The installation of the equipment, part of the actions of the Campus of International Excellence, has taken place in common spaces that host a large number of activities in Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres

    Public ceremony that took place at the Main Hall of the Historical Building, one of the space that were fitted with an induction loop.

    The University of Oviedo has installed in its campuses of Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres induction loops that facilitate accessibility for people with hearing impairments. The event is part of the strategic actions for accessibility of the Campus of International Excellence and has been coordinated by the Office for Students with Specific Needs (ONEO), of the Office of the Vice-Rector for Students.

    The loops have been installed in the Main Hall of the Historical Building; the Main Hall of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Campus of El Cristo; at the Main Hall of the Polytechnical School of Mieres and the old Main Hall of the Polytechnical School of Engineering of Gijón. The spaces were selected among the ones that host the largest number of activities throughout the year, and have been properly marked.

    These are the first systems of the University aimed at improving hearing accessibility in common spaces. The global investment reached more than €16,000 and has been funded thanks to a grant offered by the Foundation and backed-up by the ONCE Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

    The system of induction loops works as an auxiliary support for people who use hearing aids or have a cochlear implant. The magnetic loop works as an FM system, receiving the sound from the source (the loudspeakers) to send it to the hearing aid or the implant without any kind of interference. The system substantially improves the reception of sound in people with hearing impairments.

    Apart from the four induction loops, the rooms have been fitted with systems that check the proper functioning of the system and allow people whose hearing aids or cochlear implants are not compatible with the loops, or who do no have these hearing aid, to use headphones to receive sound. Alongside the induction loop system, the ONEO has acquired three FM systems that will allow it to offer its services to individual students with hearing impairments.