Transdev to add hearing loops on buses

For World Hearing Day (3 March 2024), Transdev is revealing plans to add induction loop technology to 61 of its buses to help hearing aid users.

Hearing loops, also known as induction loops, are an assistive listening technology which helps people who wear a hearing aid to engage and communicate freely.

All of Transdev’s new buses due for delivery this year will have hearing loops fitted as standard and the operator is committing to install the systems on 61 of its existing vehicles based at five depots in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

“We’re also planning a second wave of hearing loop installations next year to bring these systems to more of our vehicles” – Transdev’s Operations Director, Vitto Pizzuti

Transdev’s Operations Director, Vitto Pizzuti, said: “Devices such as hearing aids work by amplifying all sounds – but in environments with background noise, such as when boarding our buses, this can make it difficult for those living with hearing loss to distinguish the words our drivers say.

“Hearing loops enable users to hear sound sources directly by cutting out background noise – they have proven benefits for people with a hearing disability, which is why they’re already part of the specification for all our new buses this year.

“On top of this, we’re now committing to retro-fit induction loop technology to an extra 61 of our buses in 2024, based at our depots in York, Keighley, Elland, Burnley and Blackburn. This will mean approximately 25% of our entire fleet will be fitted with hearing loops by the end of this year – but we’re not stopping there.

“We’re also planning a second wave of hearing loop installations next year to bring these systems to more of our vehicles, as part of our ongoing commitment to improving the accessibility of our buses for all our customers.”

Transdev’s buses fitted with hearing loops will display the global standard blue and white ‘listening ear’ symbol, already familiar to hearing aid users worldwide. All a user needs to do is switch their hearing aid to the ‘T’ position when boarding the bus to connect to the vehicle’s induction loop system.

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