Berkeley Lab

Hearing Resources

Berkeley Lab is committed to accessibility for both employees and visitors.  Those who have difficulties hearing without assistance can use the following resources:

Hearing Aid Battery Program

This program was designed to provide replacement batteries for those that have failed. Emergency replacement batteries are available at one of three Lab locations:

Berkeley Lab Main Site
Health Services: Bldg. 26
Point of contact: Front Desk at Health Services

DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA
Point of contact: Marlyn Carmona at the Front Desk or Massie Ballon

Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)
Bldg. 971
6401 Hollis St., Emeryville CA
Point of contact: Dana Harris

Batteries are provided for extenuating circumstances only and are not intended to replace the main source for hearing aid battery needs. This program is monitored for abuse and will be discontinued if abused.

Assistive Listening Devices

An assistive listening device is used to improve hearing ability for people in a variety of situations where they are unable to distinguish speech in noise. Often in a noisy or crowded room it is almost impossible for an individual who is hard of hearing to distinguish one voice among many. At Berkeley Lab, assistive listening devices are required in any assembly space with an occupancy of 50 or more individuals. The following locations have assistive listening devices available for anyone to use:

Building 59 (Wang Hall) – two (2) sets of assistive listening devices are available for use, each with one (1) transmitter and one (1) receiver. Signs are posted near the main conference rooms with instructions for checking out the units.

Building 50 (Main Auditorium)

Building 66 (Auditorium)

Building 90 – a set with one (1) transmitter and three (3) receivers is available. To check out this set, please contact Deborah Andrews at

Each of the sets comes equipped with a user guide.