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Canadians spend a lot of time looking down on Americans for their healthcare, their education and judicial systems but they're beating us in some areas of accessibility. In America most movie theatres, auditoriums, hospitals, etc are equipped with an induction loop.
An induction loop is a system of built-in wireless microphones that transmit sound directly to hearing aids equipped with a T-coil. In a movie theatre that would be the movie sound track. In an hospital it might be the overhead announcements. The user can still hear other things but they are muted making it easier to hear whatever the mics are programmed to pick up.
My workplace put one in our main boardroom. It isn't always perfect but it means I can hear nearly everything said around a table that seats 30 people. I'm currently the only one who benefits from it - my workplace takes accommodation very seriously.
The blue/ear sign indicates the building you're in is equipped with a loop. You do see these in Canadian airports but in my experience they don't always seem functioning. Canadian movie theatres are still using hand help screens with closed captioning. Really handy to have to keep looking down to read the words and then up to the screen to follow the action. I've just quit going to movie theatres. Live theatre venues sometimes have a loop system but you can't count on it.
In England accommodation is mandatory which means universities, the subway system, even stores are expected to have a loop system. I'm not sure why Canada is so far behind in legislating visit-ability? I think it's time we demand better. How else are we going to maintain our smugness over Americans?