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The International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss

Q. Do you know who makes the blue signs that are posted at different establishments where ALDs are available? I am doing some research and I can't seem to find the source. Thanks for your help.

International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss
Figure 43(d) 
International Symbol of 
access for hearing loss

A. Thanks for submitting your question. The name of the symbol you are looking for is the "International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss". It is defined as a part of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III Regulation 28 CFR Part 36 - Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities. Appendix A to part 36 - Standards for Accessible Design, section 4 of appendix A - Accessible Elements and Spaces: Scope and Technical Requirements, subsection 30.7 of section 4 - Symbols of Accessibility, part 4 of subsection 30.7 - Assistive Listening Devices.

I will save you a mouthful by just providing the direct link. :

Taken from the web page: "(4) Assistive Listening Systems. In assembly areas where permanently installed assistive listening systems are required by 4.1.3(19)(b) the availability of such systems shall be identified with signage that includes the international symbol of access for hearing loss (Fig 43(d))."

The Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH) has various signs/stickers featuring this symbol for purchase on their website. I would also assume that you can go to your local sign or copy store and they should be able to produce a version of this sign for your use and/or may have ready made versions of this sign that meet ADA requirements.

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