Assisted Hearing Technology
The Hippodrome is excited to announce the availability of our new assistive listening systems for audiences with hearing loss. This new hearing technology is available on both our Mainstage and in our Cinema. Thanks to the refinement of "induction loop" systems - which magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils (t-coils) - audiences with hearing loss can use their hearing aids as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound from inside their ears.
The Hearing Review Products reported that the majority of hearing aid models--including all in-the-ear models and 29 of 30 conventional behind-the-ear models--came with telecoils. (Telecoils double hearing aid functionality by enabling the instrument to serve as a customized, wireless loudspeaker). With the flick of a tiny switch the telecoil-equipped hearing aid switches from a microphone (M) to a telecoil (T) mode.
The Hippodrome will also have portable receivers for audience members that do not have hearing aids or without t-coils. The loop systems promise to benefit more people and to serve their needs more effectively.
This installation of the loop system was made possible through the generous support of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (FDCA) Cultural Facilities Grant Program. The Hippodrome Theatre was one of only 12 grants awarded throughout the state to support innovative and exemplary facilities programs.
The induction loop system was installed by Crime Prevention Security Systems and is sponsored by Clear Sound Audiology.
Hippodrome Co-Founder and Producing Director Mary Hausch says, "One of the most important elements of the Hipp’s mission is to make theatre accessible to everyone in our community. We hope that this exciting project fulfills the dream of our many audience members with hearing loss – to experience a production in which they can, once again, hear every word and be part of the amazing communal experience of the theatre.“