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LeadingAge NY Presentation on New Audio Technologies in Senior Living Communities

A goal of active senior living communities (including senior housing, retirement communities, assisted living and nursing homes) is to enable residents to engage in a variety of cultural, educational and social activities; hearing loss, however, can dramatically reduce residents’ ability to participate in these activities.

LeadingAge NY is hosting a presentation, led by a nationally recognized architect, about the new audio technologies assisting residents with hearing loss so residents can hear better and become more actively engaged in their community. 

What: Assisted Listening Systems (ALS) in Senior Living Communities

When: Thurs., Dec. 11

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  - lunch and networking, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – presentation and tour

There is no cost to LeadingAge NY members for the lunch or the presentation, but registration is required for each registrant. To register, click here.

(Please note: there will be a Retirement Housing Cabinet meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Where: Cloverwood Retirement Community, One Sinclair Drive, Pittsford, New York 14534

Who: Donald Bataille, AIA, CCS, owner Hearing Loops Unlimited

Topics include:

  • The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) Communication Elements and Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) requirements.
  • An overview of the technical requirements for each type of Assisted Listening System and the benefits for senior living communities. The assistive listening device usually uses a microphone to capture an audio source near to its origin and broadcast it wirelessly over an FM (Frequency Modulation) transmission, IR (Infra Red) transmission, HL (Hearing Loop) transmission, or other transmission method. The person who is listening may use an FM/IR/HL Receiver to tune into the signal and listen at his/her preferred volume.
  • A deeper look at the emerging Hearing Loop Technology T-coil technology as applied to senior living communities in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester.
  • A description of Cloverwood’s dining room redesign that provided better acoustics during meals and a demonstration of the hearing loop technology in their auditorium.

About the Speaker:

Donald Bataille, AIA, CCS
8 Springwood Lane, Pittsford, NY 14534

Don received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and is a registered architect, practicing in Rochester, NY. Bataille provides architectural and acoustical consulting services for local and national firms and is owner of Hearing Loops Unlimited, designing and installing hearing loops in Western NY.

He has served as Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Rochester New York Chapter Board President and has chaired the Operations, By-Laws, Strategic Planning and Professional Advisory Committees and currently serves on the HLAA NY State Association Professional Advisory Council.

Bataille presented numerous local and national workshops and webinar programs on Hearing Loss in the Work Place, Work Place Acoustics, Classroom Acoustics, ADA-Communication Requirements and Hearing Loop Technology. He initiated the 2012 and 2014 ‘Looping Rochester’ Programs and represented HLAA at the 2013 International Looping Conference in Eastbourne, England. 

Bataille is also vice-chair of University of Rochester, Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC) Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2) group and co-authored the 2013 HL2 Summary Report establishing health concerns of people with hearing loss. He is a (RPRC) National Community Committee Delegate, and serves on the U of R - RPRC Executive Committee and National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) Local Partner Advisory Board.

Contact: Ken Harris, kharris@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8383, ext. 139