ter for many years to come.
Second, the loop system promises to
be inexpensive to maintain and requires
little in staff training. It also requires no
special attention or set-up for each use.
Third, it is extremely easy for people
to take advantage of. Most people will
have to do nothing other than turn on
the telecoil switch of their hearing aid or
cochlear implant. There are no additional
assistive listening devices to bring along
and no portable equipment to borrow. For
those whose hearing aids don’t have telecoils, headsets are available from the center’s audio booth. The headsets can also
be used by those who don’t wear hearing
aids or cochlear implants.
The looping of the conference center is
a good investment for another important
reason. Over time, it is likely that an increasing number of attorneys will benefit
from the loop system. I have no idea how
many Seattle-area attorneys have a hearing loss; however, the WSBA has previously published information about the
aging membership of the organization,
and statistics detail a sobering correlation between age and incidence of hearing loss. Also, with the ever-increasing
noise pollution within our society, more
attorneys who are younger will be dealing with their own hearing loss.
Of course, the loop system will prove
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its value only if people use it. For Wash-
ington attorneys who are hard of hearing,
I cannot encourage you enough to attend
a seminar at the WSBA Conference Cen-
ter. If you have never before experienced
a looped listening environment, you are
in for a revelation. And if you do take ad-
vantage of it, please let the WSBA staff
there know; they are interested in getting
I am humbled by, and enormously grateful for, the WSBA’s quick responsiveness
to my suggestion to install a loop system
in the conference center. Its willingness
to make this accommodation for attorneys with hearing loss is consistent with
its long history of active service supporting attorneys in the state.
A growing number of churches, of-
fices, and meeting rooms in Washington
are now looped. (See www.loopseattle.
org/loops-in-seattle- 3 for a listing of
looped locations.). I am delighted and
proud that the WSBA has joined them.
In addition to thanking the WSBA
staff for the installation — especially
Mike Jorgensen, the CLE webcast pro-
duction manager — I want to acknowl-
edge with great thanks Cheri Perazolli
of Let’s Loop Seattle (http://loopseattle.
org) for her strong advocacy of looping
in the Seattle area and for introducing me
to it. A special shout-out is also due to P.
Spencer Norby of HearingLoop NW, who
installed the loop system.
And yes, I’m continuing my Bar membership. N WL
Jerry Paulukonis is a writer
focusing on tax
law issues. He
Washington State University,
graduated from the University of
Washington Law School in 1975, and
received an LL. M. in taxation from
Golden Gate University in 1984. He
can be reached at gwpseattle@
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