Matthew is a first year student with hearing aids in both ears. In high school, Matthew used an FM system in the classroom to listen to his teacher’s presentations. His academic success was reflected in his B+ average.
In his college classes, all of Matthew’s instructors, except for one, agree to wear the FM microphone while lecturing. One instructor leaves the microphone on his lectern and moves about the classroom freely while lecturing. Matthew’s marks are significantly lower in this class compared to his other classes. Matthew has spoken to his instructor, requesting he wear the microphone, but his instructor refused. Matthew comes to the campus Disability Services Office (DSO) seeking a solution.
The DSO arranges a meeting with the professor, explaining the need for the FM system to be used for Matthew’s success. When asked, the instructor expresses a concern that his lecture will be recorded and shared or posted outside of the classroom. The capabilities of the FM system are explained, reassuring the instructor that the lecture is not being recorded and that the student will sign a usage agreement. With this new understanding, Matthew’s instructor begins using the FM system and Matthew is able to gain the full benefit of his instructor’s lectures.