Hearing augmentation for people with hearing impairments has been addressed in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for quite some time but continues to be a largely misunderstood assistive technology to many building owners and building professionals.

Previous clinical research suggests that hearing loss affects approximately 22 per cent of the Australian population, and of course this proportion increases considerably with age, with 78 per cent of people aged over 80 affected. While there is a significant array of assistive technologies to assist people with hearing loss…