If Ears Could Smile

The December edition of Inside Santa Barbara explores Hearing Loop Technology, with the Lobero Theatre at the center of the story.

Approximately 20% of American adults (that’s 48 million!) have some form of hearing loss in at least one ear, making it the most prevalent form of disability in the United States. Despite legislation and available technology to provide access, many individuals find their communication needs to be misunderstood and unaddressed. Consequently, they seriously cut back on attendance, reducing audience size at performances, events, meetings and religious services throughout our community.

Hearing Loops are the only assistive listening system to send clear, pure sound directly to hearing aids and are considered the international standard for universal hearing access. As a part of the Encore: Lobero preservation work completed in 2013, the Lobero Theatre was wired with loops, bringing clear sound back for many patrons to experience via their own hearing aids. Blog readers may remember learning about these in this previous post, or by visiting loopsantabarbara.org.

Learn more from the Lobero’s House Manager Daniel Ramirez in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KILspOYLmYA?t=3m44s

Inside Santa Barbara airs on the following days and times on City TV Channel 18: Mondays at 8 p.m.; Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 9 p.m.; and Sundays at 10 p.m. Viewers can also watch Inside Santa Barbara online at www.santabarbaraca.gov/citytv. For more information on Inside Santa Barbara, call CityTV at 564-5311.

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