DSP can provide a portable Assistive Listening Device (ALD) or an FM unit to assist with hearing in class. This can be used in conjunction with realtime captioning or on its own. An ALD increases a student’s ability to hear in numerous situations, such as rooms that are large, crowded, or noisy. The speaker wears a microphone that transmits directly to the listener’s ear. DSP will loan ALD receivers to hard-of-hearing students upon request. ALDs are available to be checked out for an entire semester.
Some classrooms and auditoriums at UC Berkeley have Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) that are permanently installed. The locations of the classrooms, lecture halls, and other facilities that have permanently installed ALS are posted on the Educational Technology Services (ETS) website under General Classroom Information.