HICKORY — The Hickory Community Theatre recently announced that an assistive listening (or T-coil) loop has been installed in the Jeffers Theatre.
The new technology will enhance the theater experience for patrons with hearing difficulties.
An assistive listening loop, sometimes called an audio induction loop, is a special type of sound system with a loop that acts as a broadcast antenna and provides a magnetic, wireless signal in the theater. Patrons can access this loop directly through their hearing aids or by checking out a receiver and headphones from the box office.
The signal can be picked up by any hearing aid that is set to the “T” (for Telecoil) setting. Telecoil, or T-coil, technology is a common feature on today’s hearing aids that can enhance hearing in difficult listening environments.
To access the loop, a user’s hearing aid must be put on a “T” or “T-coil” setting.
Contact an audiologist or hearing aid provider to determine if a hearing aid has T-coils built in. They can activate the T-coil to turn on manually when listeners select a specified setting (or program) on their hearing aid, or automatically when a Telecoil signal is detected.
An audiologist also can adjust the volume and frequency response in the T-coil program to make the sound clearer or adjust surrounding environmental noises while listening in the T-coil program.
This new feature will make its debut with the production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which opens on Friday in the Jeffers Theatre. Call 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org for tickets or information about the performance.