Assistive Listening Devices

Contact the DRC

Clark Howell Hall
825 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

An Assistive Listening Device (ALD) consists of a transmitter and microphone to be worn by the speaker and a receiver for the individual with a hearing impairment. The ALD transmits via a radio frequency. The audio is delivered without distortion and sounds as if the source is six inches from the listener’s ear. Another benefit of the ALD is to minimize environmental noise. An ALD is an excellent accommodation for large classes and to increase the volume of soft-spoken instructors in smaller ones.

Procedure for Loan of Assistive Listening Devices

  1. Register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) by following appropriate DRC procedures.
  2. Meet with your assigned disability coordinator to request and receive an Assistive Listening Device (ALD). In receipt of equipment, student will complete an Assistive Listening Device Check-out Form, and the student is expected to maintain proper use and care of equipment.
  3. Inform assigned disability coordinator of any problems with the ALD and return the ALD, if needed, to the DRC for repair and/or replacement.
  4. Return the ALD to the DRC by due date. Student may check equipment out again upon examination of equipment.
  1. Determine if the student’s request is an appropriate accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the interdisciplinary team meeting.
  2. Assigned disability coordinator contacts captioned media specialist about acquiring ALD for student.
  3. Assigned disability coordinator and captioned media specialist will provide student instructions of use.
  4. Captioned media specialist will maintain paperwork and enter into AIM equipment check out. Upon return of equipment the captioned media specialist will make sure it is functioning properly, handle check-in, and will re-check out equipment if needed.

Note: Equipment and/or materials loaned by the DRC to students, faculty or other UGA departments, remains the property of the DRC. The DRC has the right to recall at any time, any piece of DRC equipment which is checked out. The DRC will FLAG the student’s record if equipment is returned in damaged condition or if students fails to return equipment.