Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ikea starts with hearing loop

The Ikea store in Uppsala will be the first department store in Sweden using a system with hearing loops. It is a local initiative in collaboration with the Swedish Trade Federation, which will hopefully get many followers in both Ikea and other trading venues.
The newly installed technology at IKEA forms a "bubble", where buyers and sellers can speak freely. The customer has the receiver in his hearing aid, and signs showing where technology exists.
There are about 800,000 deaf people in Sweden. Many of these experience shopping as a messy and difficult environment. But with relatively inexpensive technological means, these customers can get help when shopping. Experts believe that many stores and shopping centers will follow as part of efforts to increase the accessibility for customers with different types of disabilities.
(Source: FriKöpenskap)

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