WUFT News

Hearing technology installed at Hippodrome

By on February 22nd, 2013

Now more people can stay in the loop when they visit Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre.

The theater announced Thursday the installation of assisted hearing technology for its main stage and cinema.

Crime Prevention Security Systems installed Hearing Loop technology that will allow audience members to use their hearing aids as wireless loudspeakers. According to the Hearing Loop website, the techology uses telecoils to magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

The project was funded by an $18,000 cultural facilities grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Hippodrome co-founder and producing director Mary Hausch has a personal connection to hearing loss. She said her mother and other family members have impaired hearing, so she was excited to receive the grant that she’s been pushing for since 2007.

Sometimes people with hearing loss feel isolated, Hausch said, and part of the Hippodrome’s mission is to make theater accessible to everyone in the community.

She’s looking forward to seeing the turnout Friday night for the opening of the play “King o’ the Moon.” It will mark the first time the hearing system is used during a live performance.

“It was right on time,” she said. “It’s kind of a miracle, really.”

Gainesville audiologist Jagadish Swamy, whose company Clear Sound Audiology helped sponsor the system, said, “It reduces the background noises very significantly, and it facilitates clear speech and understanding.”

Randi Elrad, owner of Crime Prevention Security Systems, said she’s honored the Hippodrome is the company’s first Hearing Loop installation.

“People stopped going to these places based off of their ability to hear,” Elrad said. “We can now bring people back into the public and give them back their quality of life and let them hear all the phenomenal sounds that they’ve been missing.”


This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

Members of the Thieves' Guild line up to prepare for their final dress rehearsal before opening day at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. The group will perform "the human chess board" three times a day during the festival.

Faire Characters Share Medieval Hoggetowne Tales

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will feature merchants and artisans beginning on Saturday to deliver what one man calls a truly magical and authentic experience. The Faire will take place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24 through 25 and Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.


Business owner and artisan Bob Walker, 51, demonstrates how to move one of his Woodbaby puppet creations.

Ocala Artisan’s Puppets Carved Up For Adoption at Medieval Fairs

Local artisan Bob Walker plans to sell his lifelike puppets at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville on Saturday. He and his team, Midsummer Knight’s Dream, make and sell these “Woodbabies” at various fairs throughout the year.


Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 3.02.19 PM

Fundraiser Drives Marion County Elementary School Students to Create License Plate Art

By making art on license plates, elementary school students flex their creative muscles while raising money for their schools’ art programs.


Local Nursery Helps People Connect Back to Home

Edible Plant Project is a nursery in Gainesville that provides seeds and plants for people to grow. Some of their plants come from foreign countries. EPP most recently decided to provide cooking classes, so that people could learn about these plants and their special uses. EPP sells plants at the Union Street Farmers’ Market every second Wednesday of the month.


Donna Boles speaks to a vendor about the upcoming Hawthorne Christmas festival. The parade, which will officially be the 32nd annual for the town of Hawthorne, is Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.

Hawthorne Prepares For Annual Christmas Festival

Hawthorne will host its annual Christmas Festival and parade on Saturday, and President of Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce Donna Boles is working to finish the yearly planning.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments