Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hearing-assistance technology options in Movie Theaters

ADA law requires U.S. theaters to make programs and services accessible to those who require hearing assistance.  Here are some of the devices you'll find at theaters that can improve the movie-going experience:

Assistive Listening Devices (ADLs)
When a theater has an ALD available, that means the moviegoer will be given a headset that will work with the person's hearing aids. Some hearing aids come with a T-switch, which means a neck loop can be plugged directly into the hearing aid. ADLs require adjustments to the volume of both the hearing aid and the hearing assistance device provided by the theater.  The user often leaves identification at the ticket office such as a driver's license when they pick up the device which is returned when the device is returned.

Subtitle Glasses 
Sony has developed glasses that work like 3D glasses. They project subtitles in the glasses that only the wearer can see. The glasses fit over regular glasses and the size of the letters is adjustable.

Closed Captioning
In this case, the spoken words are projected on the screen along with the film or onto the seat in front of the viewer.

Smart Phones Apps
There are apps that will amplify surrounding sounds.

If you are going to use a theater's hearing assisted technology, it is recommended you arrive early. You may be asked to leave your driver's license, but there should never be a charge.

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