Rock Valley College

Chapter 8: Assistive Listening Systems

An assistive listening device amplifies sound. The system is comprised of a microphone and a transmitter (worn by the speaker) and a receiver and coupling device (worn by the listener) that transmits sound to the listener’s ear or hearing aid. Although not useful for all types of hearing loss, good candidates for the system experience an improved ability to hear both because of amplified sound and because the majority of environmental sounds are masked.

FM System

Students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing may request an FM system for amplification of sound in addition to other services provided through DSS.

Please note, however, many of the newer digital hearing aids will require assistance from an audiologist in order to adjust hearing aid settings to be compatible with the FM system. If eligible to receive an assistive listening device, students should:

  1. Submit a request via the DSS Accommodations Portal (select “Assistive Listening Devices”)
  2. Once approved, stop by the DSS office to pick up the equipment and receive instructions on its use, if necessary.
  3. Return the equipment to DSS at the specified due date.

Students are responsible for the equipment issued by DSS and will be charged for loss or damage other than normal wear and tear.

For general inquiries and assistance related to using an FM system, please contact the Assistive Technology Specialist, Christine O’Neil, at (815) 921-2364 or C.O’