There’s nothing worse than settling in to enjoy a movie at your friendly Scottsdale cineplex only to have the experience ruined by something out of your control. Maybe it’s noisy patrons in the next aisle, the person behind you kicking your chair, somebody texting during the film or a floor sticky with spilled soda. It’s enough to make you stay home and watch Netflix instead! But if it’s hearing loss that is keeping you from enjoying a good old-fashioned Hollywood blockbuster, the solution involves streaming of a different sort: hearing loops.
Keeping You in the Loop
A hearing loop – also called an induction loop – is a system that utilizes electromagnetic energy to transmit sound directly to a hearing aid or cochlear implant. A complete system is comprised of a sound source, amplifier, loop of cable and a receiver or telecoil. When you are within close proximity to the induction loop, your hearing aids will receive a clear signal free of background noise. Virtually all hearing aids manufactured today come with built-in telecoils, thin strands of copper wire that are able to receive these magnetic transmissions from public audio systems.
Hearing loops provide many benefits, including:
- Easy, immediate, discreet communication access for hearing-impaired individuals
- A simple, low-maintenance way for public venues to provide communication access technology
- Universal hearing access for those who rely on hearing aids
- Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state laws for improved communication access for public venues
- An inclusive, welcoming and thriving hearing-friendly community for everybody
As looping technology becomes increasingly popular, it is being adopted in a wide variety of public places in Scottsdale. Hearing loop systems can be found in arenas, auditoriums, classrooms, churches, airports, shopping malls and – you guessed it – movie theaters. With hearing advocacy groups urging widespread adoption, hearing loss numbers on the rise and a continued standardization of t-coil switches by hearing aid manufacturers, the number of businesses offering induction loops will continue to increase.
Other Ways to Enjoy the Big Screen Experience
Hearing loops aren’t the only way hearing-impaired folks in Scottsdale can improve their big screen experience. Other assisted listening devices can give your hearing aids a boost and improve their functionality in challenging listening environments. These include FM systems, which transmit amplified sounds directly to your hearing aids using radio signals; infrared systems, which work on the same principle but rely on beams of infrared light rather than radio waves; and personal amplifiers with directional microphones that can be aimed in the direction of an audio source in order to increase its volume.
For more information on hearing loop systems or to learn about various assisted listening devices, give your Scottsdale audiologist a call today!