The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is the newest location in Lake County to have a hearing loop installed.
The theatre is the first professional theatre in the Chicago area to provide this sought-after hearing access for members of the audience with hearing loss.
By installing a hearing loop, the Marriott joins 30 local places of worship as well as four local senior gathering rooms (the Vail Room at Lake Forest Place, Dickinson Hall in Lake Forest, the Patty Turner Senior Center in Deerfield, and the Shoreline Lounge at Sedgebrook). Multiple classrooms at the nearby Naval Base at Great Lakes have also just been looped.
There is accelerating support for hearing loops among hearing consumers and hearing care professionals because the technology is so simple to use and is universal. By pushing a button, an inexpensive telecoil receptor (present in the vast majority of hearing aids) links the listener directly into the facility’s sound system effectively resolving problems with background noise, reverberation, and distance issues.
Looping technology consumes zero battery power and it customizes the incoming sound to most efficiently mimic the unique characteristics of the listeners’ hearing loss. What is heard is clear, pure sound — just like a loudspeaker in ones’ ears.
Hearing loop consumer satisfaction surveys are off the charts. Many attendees who were present at opening night of The Pirates of Penzance have expressed their appreciation for the Marriott’s vision in pro-actively addressing equal access for all members of the audience.
Hearing Associates, P.C. salutes the management of the Marriott Theatre in ensuring that their superb musical theatre is fully audible for all.
One in seven members of the U.S. population have hearing loss with numbers expected to rise with the graying of America.