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4. Use an assistive listening system with multiple microphones during meetings.

Personal and group FM systems which amplify sounds can be used successfully to clarify sounds in a group setting for some individuals who are hard of hearing. With these systems, there is a direct input of sound from the speaker into a microphone that is then transmitted to the student's hearing aid. A central microphone can be used when the group is small. Multiple microphones are more effective with a larger group and can be passed from person to person as each speaks. Talk to the student about this and other potential accommodations that might be most effective.