Hearing Impaired Audiences Enjoy Presentations with the Help of Hearing Loop Technology
EPCOCH Assisted Living at Boylston Place
Imagine going to a movie and not being able to discern a word of the dialogue. This was the situation facing a resident of EPOCH Assisted Living at Boylston Place. According to Julie Bolt, Marketing Director at the EPOCH community, the elderly gentleman became depressed and frustrated by his inability to hear.
“We tried numerous solutions to help him feel more integrated and vital. Finally, we learned about the benefits of a hearing loop system,” says Julie.
Shanahan installed a hearing loop system in the cinema at EPOCH Assisted Living at Boylston Place. A hearing loop is like a wireless network for hearing aids. An inductive loop transmits sound signals from a microphone, speaker or public address system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise. Most new hearing aids or cochlear implants have a telecoil. Older devices may be inexpensively retrofitted with the tiny wire.
EPCOCH Assisted Living Cinema
EPOCH Assisted Living at Boylston Place is the first assisted living community in Massachusetts to install a hearing loop system. “The hearing loop helps set us apart. It shows that we listen to our residents’ concerns and work with them to help solve problems. People appreciate being heard – and being able to hear,” says Julie.
According to Julie, the installation of the hearing loop was a “quick and easy process.” In a September post on the community blog, she wrote: “The installation only took a few hours, and we were able to bring a smile to that gentleman’s face within a few minutes. We had been trying for months. Another gentleman tried it out and said that for the first time in years he could relax and enjoy a movie. Seeing the happiness the system brought to their lives, and the comfort and ease it has brought to the lives of other residents and visitors, has made the process completely worthwhile.”
Shanahan installed EPOCH’s hearing loop system in the movie theater’s ceiling. For best results, the wires are installed either above or below ear level. Professionally installed systems are completely invisible to the audience and do not affect a venue’s architecture or appearance.
Let us help you turn your audio and visual requirements into reality. Give us a call at 800-786-1556 or contact us today. One of our professionals will be happy to work with you.
Catherine Shanahan, President