Assistive listening technology allows everyone, including those with hearing loss, to be fully immersed in the show,” said Clayton Knight of ODESZA. “As an artist, there’s nothing better than being able to share your music with more people, and have them experience it the way you intended.
I was able to attend and enjoy a Radiohead concert thanks to the hearing loop technology installed in the Santa Barbara Bowl,” said Nora McNeely-Hurley, Santa Barbara resident and user of both a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. “I felt so much joy and gratitude that I was near tears because, for the first time in years, I could discern each instrument being played and heard them clearly thanks to OTOjOY’s hearing loop.
The looping of FilmBar is another step forward in providing equal access to the more than one million Arizonans with hearing loss,” said Sherri Collins, Executive Director for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). “As we reflect on our 40 years of service to the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, we are encouraged by how far we have come, but know we still have a long road ahead of us. It’s invigorating to see Phoenix establishments like FilmBar making strides with us.
OTOjOY’s work is groundbreaking, and ensures persons with hearing loss are offered full hearing access as intended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” said Dr. Juliette Sterkens, an audiologist with the Hearing Loss Association of America. “During live performances, crowd noise and amplified sound prevent hearing device users from enjoying music the way it was meant to be heard. Having hearing loops at music festivals will greatly enhance many people’s ability to enjoy the shows.
Recently we installed a hearing loop at Congregation B’nai B’rith in both our sanctuary and social hall. With this technology in place, our hard-of-hearing congregants are now able to hear and understand almost every spoken and sung word. Those congregants who previously sat in frustration with hands cupped around their ears or had to fiddle with our previous ALS headsets now sit wherever they want with ease and dignity. I am thanked regularly for bringing in this technology to our building. It has tremendously changed their experience in our space.
Recently I took my mother to the Hearing Loss Association meeting at Wood Glen Hall mainly because I wanted to see just how the looped environment would affect her hearing. I cannot tell you how elated she was when she looked at me as the meeting started, and proclaimed that she could hear every word clearly. She had a smile on her face the entire time.