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The Granada Theatre Announces Cutting Edge ‘Hearing Loop’ System

The Granada Theatre is proud to announce the installation of an innovative new assistive listening system for patrons with hearing loss: the hearing loop system, a wireless technology that transmits speech or music on stage directly to guests’ cochlear implants and hearing aids with T-coils. Patrons will hear sound picked up by the theatre’s PA system rather than from the microphone in an implant or hearing aid, resulting in a clearer sound with less background noise.

 

“With the installation of the hearing loop system, The Granada Theatre is now the largest venue in Santa Barbara with full hearing accessibility,” shared Dr. Craig Springer, President of the SBCPA and Chrisman Executive Director of The Granada Theatre. “With the loop system, we are proud to be able to offer a technical solution that enables all patrons to fully enjoy performances at the theater, and improving accessibility of the performing arts for the entire Santa Barbara community.”

 

The hearing loop system uses a wireless signal to transmit the sound from the theatre’s PA system to the T-coil in cochlear implants or hearing aids. The system uses a universal magnetic signal, which works no matter the location or hearing instrument brand, and deliver personalized in-the-ear sound, customized by each individuals’ hearing aids to their own preferences and settings. For audiences members who do not have T-coil hearing aids, we now also have available a set of new, lightweight headset devices that are tuned to receive the loop’s broadcast signal.

The Granada Theatre’s assistive listening system was made possible by the following generous supporters: Pat Gregory, Nora and Michael Hurley, Palmer and Susan Jackson, Chris Lancashire and Catherine Gee, Dr. and Mrs. Jack H. Sheen and Eric and Nina Phillips.

 

 


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