Hearing Loops at concerts and theaters

Has your hearing loss prevented you from enjoying a concert?  What about attending a play at the local theater?  Many who suffer from hearing loss eliminate activities they have enjoyed in the past.  These outings are no longer part of their lives and they are missed.  If you cannot hear the music or the dialog on stage what started as a lovely evening turns into a frustrating experience. More and more venues are installing “hearing loops.”  This technology installed on the floor around the periphery of a room and allows sound to be picked up by a tiny receiver already built into most hearing aids.  Once the loop is turned on only sound coming directly from the microphone system is heard.  The NY Times recently published an article titled “A Hearing Aid That Cuts Out All the Clatter” which follows one man’s introduction to hearing loops. To read more, check out the article by clicking here.

When you visit a venue here in Portland that has not yet installed this important technology be sure to send them a letter or email suggesting they consider the option.  Ensuring that all Portlanders can enjoy a night out, without hearing frustration, is important for the entire community.