Listening devices - Hearing Loop
Marriott Theatre, at the cusp of a National Initiative, provides Hearing Loop for patrons with hearing loss.
What is a Hearing Loop?
Showing sensitivity to the needs of its patrons, the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is the newest venue to install a hearing loop.
A hearing loop is a copper wire that is placed around the periphery of a room, which is powered by a loop driver generating a magnetic field. A telecoil, a common option on most hearing aids, serves as a wireless antenna to link the listener directly into the facility's sound system.
For those patrons who have hearing loss but do not wear hearing aids with telecoils, complimentary generic (not tuned to the individual hearing loss) loop headsets are available.
Why a Hearing Loop?
Figuratively, hearing loops "loop people in," serving to provide all with FULL ACCESS. Thus the actors’ dialogue as well as the songs will be heard right in the patrons’ ears. Background noise, reverberation (echoing of sound), and distance issues constitute challenges for those with hearing loss and the hearing loop effectively resolves such problems.
Organizations comprised of people with hearing loss as well as Doctors of Audiology who treat hearing loss endorse the installation of hearing loops in large venues to provide enhanced audibility for those with reduced hearing. More than 2000 hearing loop installations have occurred nationwide. Airports, tour buses, sports arenas, even a Whole Foods check-out line, have loop technology.
Marriott Theatre is proud to be the first professional Theatre in all of Chicago Metro area to install this groundbreaking system.
Hearing loss is at epidemic levels and is the third most common condition in those over 65 (preceded only by arthritis and hypertension). Due to the greying of America, hearing loop technology is expected to have significant impact.
Local audiologist, Linda S. Remensnyder, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology and President of Hearing Associates, P.C., has facilitated the installation of hearing loops in multiple places of worship and at senior citizen gathering rooms such as Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Center to enhance the listening experience of her patients.
For more information on the hearing loop, visit Hearing Associates or call Hearing Associates, P.C. at 847.680.7580. Todd Billin and Hearing Loop Systems of Grand Rapids, MI provided the installation of the Loop system at the Marriott Theatre.