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Performing Arts Centers Use AudioFetch for Assistive Listening Solution

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As theaters and performing arts centers around the globe begin to reopen, one key thing is on their mind–how can we provide a safe yet entertaining experience for guests? This question has led many to reconsider their accessibility solutions for guests with hearing impairments. 

How have theaters traditionally provided hearing assistance? 

There were two key methods for providing assistive listening solutions–shared hearing devices and hearing loops. 

Handing out hearing devices is no longer acceptable–these shared devices have always been a headache to clean and maintain, but now the stakes are much higher than a little headache. 

Hearing loops have been used for decades, but they can be complex, inconvenient and expensive, and after many theaters had to close their doors for the better part of a year, every penny matters.

Enter AudioFetch. Theaters and performing arts centers around the world are turning to AudioFetch as their assistive listening solution for three key reasons:

  • Simplicity – Plug AudioFetch in, connect to WiFi and start broadcasting immediately.
  • Affordability – At just $549 and no monthly fees, AudioFetch Express is a fraction of the cost of other assistive listening solutions.
  • Convenience – No more keeping track of clunky, finicky and unhygienic assistive listening devices. Listeners use their own smartphones.

Check out these three performing arts centers that recently tapped AudioFetch to provide assistive listening. 

The Star Performing Arts Center

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The Star Performing Arts Center is a Civic and Cultural Zone in Singapore. The Center comprises many elements: The Star Terrace, an airy outdoor theater; The Star Loft, an exclusive event space and rooftop terrace; The Star Gallery, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose hall; and The Star Theatre, Singapore’s first 5,000 seat theater. The Star Theater is the key venue in the Center and is fitted with a high-end audio, video and production lighting system, providing an exceptional audio-visual experience. And with the addition of AudioFetch, they’re also able to provide next-gen assistive listening capabilities for their diverse audiences.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania is focused on transforming lives through unique interactions with art. Since 2005, GoggleWorks has encouraged their community to develop skills, ask questions, experiment freely and investigate the human spirit through workshops, classes, visiting artists, community outreach programs, summer residency, youth programs and camps, on-site studio artists, film screenings, art exhibitions and communal maker studios. The building is a former goggle factory, hence the name, and is composed of 145,000 square feet of creative and community space. 

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

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Metropolis Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Their theater houses 329 seats and hosts hundreds of performances each year, including concerts, comedy and cabarets. Through the Metropolis School of Performing Arts, they provide students of all ages with private lessons, group classes, workshops, camps, productions and community engagement. 

If you’re looking for an effective and cost-efficient way to provide accessibility for your hearing-impaired patrons, AudioFetch is the ideal solution! Contact us by calling 1-844-443-3824 or scheduling an appointment to discuss your theater application and get a quote. 

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Our Favorite Drive-In Audio Installations

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With summer just a few short weeks away, interest in our drive-in audio solution is picking up! To celebrate this glorious time of year and the activities that make it so special, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite customers using AudioFetch as their radio app for drive-ins.

Penn Cinema

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Throughout the year, Penn Cinema offers a top-notch movie experience indoors, and in the warmer months, their “Summer Under the Stars” series brings that experience outdoors. Penn Cinema has two locations in Lititz and Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and screens a mix of family favorites, cult classics, and modern blockbusters.

Blue Starlite Drive-In

Conde Nast said Blue Starlite Drive-In is “one of the coolest outdoor movie theaters in the world,” and we agree! Opened a decade ago, Blue Starlite remains the only mini urban boutique drive-in movie theater in the world. They only allow 15-40 cars at each of their locations (two in Austin, Texas, one in Round Rock, Texas, and one in Minturn, Colorado), ensuring all guests can enjoy an intimate, personal, and one-of-a-kind drive-in experience.

Holiday Twin Drive-In

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The Holiday Twin Drive-In Theatre is a two-screen theater in Fort Collins, Colorado built in the late 1960s. Today, Holiday Twin runs two features on each screen seven days a week. Audiences not only enjoy the movies playing each evening, but they can also take in a gorgeous sunset and views of the Rocky Mountains.

Vanderwende Farm Creamery

This family-owned farm in Bridgeville, Delaware began hosting drive-ins last summer as an innovative way to engage their community and generate new business. Vanderwende used AudioFetch’s audio over WiFi solutions for their drive-in events, creating a fun and responsible activity for their community and another event to sell their ice cream and homemade goodies.

If you’re interested in hosting a drive-in movie theater, we can help with your audio. Whether you’re hosting in an established drive-in theater, a parking lot beside your building, or even a beach, our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming products are a simple and affordable solution. Contact us today!

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AudioFetch Home: The Next-Gen TV Ears Alternative

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Do you remember TV Ears? If you watched any television during the late 90s, you couldn’t avoid seeing a commercial for this product. TV Ears were (and still are, in fact!) a sound amplifier for people with hearing impairments to use in their homes, allowing them to hear the TV better. In the late 90s/early 00s when it first came out, TV Ears was a high-tech and extremely useful product–there was nothing like it on the market, and it helped millions of people enjoy hearing the television without distractions or distracting others. 

While TV Ears is still around today, and spawned several lookalike products such as Neosonic and Simolio, they’re no longer the pinnacle of hearing assistive technology for home use. These TV amplifier systems still use the same equipment from more than two decades ago–a dedicated headset that awkwardly hangs in front of the neck–and they lack the flexibility and convenience of more modern hearing assistive systems.

AudioFetch Home, our next-generation audio streaming solution, is today’s simple, affordable and convenient solution for TV sound amplification. Learn why AudioFetch is a modern TV Ears alternative:

No Clunky, Outdated Devices

Those outdated, uncomfortable headsets and neck loops are a thing of the past. With AudioFetch Home, you use a device that everyone already has with them pretty much every second of every day–their smartphone! Using the free AudioFetch App and personal headphones, users have a more personalized and more convenient experience. 

The AudioFetch App software is also continuously updated and maintained in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, so you never have to worry about the technology becoming outdated or obsolete. When the AudioFetch Home hardware needs updating, it’s done automatically from our cloud-based servers. All internet-connected AudioFetch hardware looks for new updates at every power up and hourly through its lifetime, so you don’t have to do a thing to be sure you have the latest and greatest.

More Coverage

TV Ears products and the like only offer single-room listening coverage, typically about 100 feet. And anything that comes in between the device and transmitter–be it walls, furniture, or other obstructions–can cause interference in the audio signal. 

AudioFetch Home streams audio over WiFi, so there’s nothing that can block the signal and cause interference. The built-in WiFi covers approximately 200 feet, and you can expand that coverage by using AudioFetch Home with your existing wireless network. That means double the coverage of the TV Ears product at the very least!

More Listeners at an Affordable Price

With the old-generation TV sound amplifiers, you need a separate device for every person that needs to hear better. The costs really start to add up if that’s more than one person! 

With AudioFetch Home, up to four people can listen simultaneously without adding any new hardware or devices. Each listener uses their own personal smartphones and headphones to listen via the free AudioFetch app. At just $229 for AudioFetch Home, that’s a screaming deal for four listeners! That would run you at least $450 to purchase four separate TV Ears devices.  Even better — there are no monthly or recurring fees with AudioFetch and you get a two year warranty on the product. 

A Wider Range of Uses

AudioFetch Home is also suitable for a variety of other home audio applications. Use it as a home gym audio solution to hear the TV while running on the treadmill. Host drive-in movies in your backyard without disturbing the neighbors. Impress your friends and family with a more high-tech man cave setup. The possibilities are nearly endless and only limited by your imagination!

AudioFetch Home is the simple, affordable, flexible and convenient option for amplifying and clarifying TV sound in your home. Order your AudioFetch Home online today. If you have questions or need more information, you can contact us or schedule an appointment at your convenience.  We look forward to hearing from you (pun intended!). 

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How to Provide Hearing Assistance in Courtrooms & Legislative Proceedings

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For decades, courtrooms and government meeting rooms have used hearing loop technology to allow participants to hear better during hearings and legislative procedures. While hearing loops are an effective way to provide this hearing accessibility, they present a few problems:

  1. Hearing loops are expensive
  2. Listeners must use a hearing aid
  3. The installation process can be complex
  4. Metal in walls and floors can cause interference 

Today, courts and legislative bodies that are looking for a more affordable, efficient, flexible and modern solution are turning to AudioFetch audio over WiFi streaming. Following are five benefits that AudioFetch provides for hearing assistance in court and legislative settings:

1. Secure One-Way Communications

Security is of the utmost importance in legal and legislative proceedings. AudioFetch technology uses the local wireless network to stream audio. When that network is password protected, you can limit who can listen to only those approved individuals.

2. No Hearing Aid Required

People don’t always wear hearing aids when they should. Maybe they forgot it, maybe it’s too uncomfortable, maybe it creates too much feedback, or maybe it simply makes them feel old. Whatever the reasons, not using a hearing aid when you need one can cause you to miss important information, and in a legal setting, it’s imperative that every word can be heard. 

Even when someone doesn’t need a hearing aid, they could still benefit from hearing better. As quiet as legal proceedings can be, there can also be loud, distracting background noise that makes the main speaker difficult to hear. 

With wireless audio streaming, all the listener needs is a smartphone or mobile device, which nearly everyone has already and never leaves home without, and headphones. 

3. Lower Installation Cost

The fees associated with installing a hearing loop are just for the system. Depending on the size and construction of the courtroom, you may need to pull up carpeting, tiles or baseboards and replace any damaged items. Additionally, metal in walls and floors can create interference, limiting the capabilities of the loop system. Installation requires a specialist, can be messy and takes some time.

Installing wireless audio streaming is so simple, it’s nearly plug-and-play. Your hearing assistance solution can be up and running the day you receive it, and you won’t have to touch an inch of flooring or walls. 

4. No Monthly Fees

Other hearing assistance solutions require ongoing monthly fees and/or charge extra when you hit a usage limit or each additional listener. With AudioFetch, you pay for the equipment and it’s yours to use as much you need for as long as you need. And we never charge for support either. 

5. Minimal Equipment

A single piece of equipment is all that’s required for local audio streaming. If you’d like to expand coverage or connect with other audio sources, you can add a transmitter and receiver, but these are entirely optional. 

Save time, money and hassle, and make it easier for participants to hear during legislative proceedings. Contact us today to request a quote or schedule an appointment at your convenience.   

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AudioFetch Provides Better Hearing in 23 Countries

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We started AudioFetch with one goal in mind–to help people hear better. 

Having worked in the fitness industry for several years through our sister companies Broadcastvision Entertainment and Waio, Inc., we saw an opportunity to build a platform that would empower anyone with a smartphone to hear what they were watching in real-time, no matter the location. 

And now, nearly two decades later, those locations can be found in 23 countries around the world!
In addition to the hundreds of businesses in the United States, we ship to and support businesses in Australia, Norway, Europe and the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Italy, Singapore, France and many more! Check out the map below to see where AudioFetch is being used.

We’ve been honored to provide hearing assistance and audio entertainment options to all different types of businesses and organizations. Fitness centers, houses of worship, museums, farms, drive-in movie theaters, amusement parks, warehouses, hospitals, airports, universities and K-12 schools, sports bars, railroad tours, casinos and resorts, apartment complexes, country clubs, retirement communities, local news stations, film festivals–we could write three more paragraphs listing the various types of businesses and organizations that are leveraging AudioFetch! That’s because our wireless audio streaming technology is so flexible, efficient and affordable, and because every venue wants their guests to have a better experience.

If you’d like to know if AudioFetch supports your type of business or location, well, the answer is almost always YES! Contact us today or schedule an appointment to discuss your application.

Please note: While many of our customers are public venues, we also work with private businesses to provide services for their internal staff. If you’d like to test our AudioFetch technology in the wild, please be sure to check that the business is a public venue before visiting.

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How AudioFetch Creates a Welcoming Environment with Assistive Listening Solutions

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Whether you’re a restaurant serving food to guests, a travel group providing tours, a church serving your members, or an organization hosting an event, you have one universal goal in mind–you want every person to have a positive experience so they’ll come back again and/or tell their friends about it. 

Businesses and organizations go to great lengths to provide this positive experience, but there’s one area they often overlook–accessibility. 

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), some 38 million American adults over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing. That’s approximately 15% of people that could be struggling to hear when they’re at your establishment. 

You can make your establishment more accessible to those with hearing impairments by using our next-gen assistive listening solutions. Following are three ways AudioFetch can help your business or organization create a more welcoming environment for customers and guests:

1. No Hearing Aids Required

Lots of people don’t wear hearing aids when they need them. In fact, according to the  International Journal of Audiology, a whopping 80% of 55-74 year olds 55-74 don’t. That’s a lot of people who’ve made a conscious decision to go without a device that could benefit their lives. 

Why would they do such a thing, you ask? Well, there are numerous reasons people don’t wear hearing aids when they should. For some, they find hearing aids bulky or uncomfortable. For others, it makes them feel old or embarrassed. And for still more, they simply forget to bring it out with them. Whatever the reasons, not wearing a hearing aid when someone needs one can leave them feeling left out and isolated, a negative experience you don’t want them to have at your business.

Our assistive listening solutions eliminate all of those reasons. All the listener needs is their smartphone (which we all know no one ever forgets to bring out!) and headphones. 

2. No Asking to Use a Shared Device

Even when an establishment provides assistive listening devices, people oftentimes won’t ask for one. Again, the reasons here can be myriad–they don’t want to call attention to themselves and their hearing loss, they don’t know the devices are available, or, more common these days, they don’t want to use a device that may have been touched by others. 

AudioFetch solves this problem. Since listeners use their own smartphone and headphones to hear the audio, they don’t need to ask for or handle any additional devices. AudioFetch is ideal as an assistive listening system for churches, theaters, and schools and educational facilities. Travel and tourism businesses also benefit from replacing their shared hearing devices with our wireless tour guide system.

3. No Tech Skills Needed

If you know how to download and open an app, you know how to use AudioFetch. 

Listeners simply search for AudioFetch in the app store (or scan the QR code on signage we provide), download the app, and then open it. If there’s only a single audio channel, they’ll hear it immediately. If there are multiple channels, they simply select the one they want (which is easy to determine with the signage we also provide!) and listen in. 

Listeners will never be asked to enter any personal information. They’ll never be asked to create an account. They’ll never be asked to do anything but sit back and enjoy the sound! 

At AudioFetch, we’re devoted to helping people with hearing loss or impairment stay connected with the world around them, and helping businesses create a more welcoming environment for these individuals.  If you have questions about how AudioFetch can be used for assistive listening at your establishment, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping your business create a more welcoming environment for everyone. 

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Get Ready for Spring and Summer Drive-In Events

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The temperature is rising. Flowerings are blooming. Animals are getting more active. Nature is starting to come out of winter hibernation, and soon people will be emerging, too!

And when they do emerge, they’ll be looking for outdoor events and activities that are fun for families and groups, but also ones that are safe. Drive-in events are ideal solutions for businesses and organizations of all types to bring communities together and generate additional revenue, while maintaining safe social distances.

As your business starts planning Spring and Summer drive-in events, check out these resources for tips and advice on creating an engaging, innovative and responsible activity.

How Your Business Can Host Drive-In Events

We worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations in 2020 to host “drive-in” style events, helping them continue bringing their community together while maintaining a safe physical distance. These drive-in audio events let their members and customers maintain a sense of community and connection, without risking the health of themselves and their families.

Click the link below for ideas on other types of events and businesses that can benefit from drive-ins, and tips for running drive-ins at your venue.

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Drive-Ins: Not Just for Movies Anymore

Drive-ins were the hot trend last summer thanks to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing restrictions. And while the drive-in concept is certainly nothing new, we saw people and organizations get creative with their use of wireless audio streaming technology to provide safer entertainment options, bring communities together and support national and local talent. 

Click the link below to learn five creative uses of the drive-in concept for non-film entertainment.

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8 Summer Listening Ideas for Businesses Using Wireless Audio Streaming

Summer is almost here! And while it may not be the one you were anticipating for your business (again. sigh.) there are still plenty of ways to help your customers and guests enjoy the sun and the company of friends and family, and grow your business. 

Click the link below to learn 8 ideas for providing summer listening entertainment for your customers.

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How to Host a Drive-in Graduation Ceremony

Schools that wanted to raise the bar and create a ceremony worthy of the grads, while still maintaining a safe physical environment, opted to host “drive-in” style graduation ceremonies last year. For these drive-in graduations, the students and families parked in the school parking lot and remained in their cars while listening to the commencement speeches and grad names being announced via their smartphones or radios. With social distancing requirements still in place at schools around the world, this is still a great option for 2021 grads.

Click the link below to learn more about hosting a drive-in graduation ceremony.

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How to Host a Drive-In Wedding Ceremony

A massive wedding with hundreds of guests may not be an option this year, but you can still celebrate in person with friends and family. Hosting a drive-in wedding ceremony will allow your loved ones to gather from a safe physical distance.

Click the link below to learn more about hosting a drive-in wedding ceremony.

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If you’re interested in hosting any type of drive-in event, we can help with your audio sound system! If you’d like to broadcast audio to car radios, we’ve got you covered with our FM Transmitter.

If you’re looking for a more innovative and modern solution, our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming products broadcast audio to listener’s smartphones for an efficient, affordable and innovative drive-in event! Contact us today

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Help Your Congregation Hear Easter Services

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Easter services bring in a larger crowd than usual each year. And while this year’s services will be anything but usual, houses of worship can still expect to see more community members visiting the church for the holiday. 

Whether your organization is planning to have indoor or outdoor services, there are ways you can help your larger-than-usual congregation hear better this Easter. 

Holding Easter Services Indoors

Echoes from tall ceilings, shuffling from kneelers, sounds from children. All of these noises can make it difficult for non-hearing-impaired members to hear the sermon. Add in a hearing impairment, and it’s likely they’re missing at least 20% of what’s being said.

Our assisted listening devices for churches can help everyone hear 100% of the services. With AudioFetch, you can broadcast the services to your congregation via the AudioFetch app. Church members simply download the free AudioFetch app, and they can start listening immediately. 

It’s a simple and affordable replacement for hearing loop systems, and can help address any safety concerns about using shared devices–since members use their own smartphone or tablet and their own headphones, there’s no sharing of hearing devices (and no ongoing maintenance or cleaning required).

If your congregation has members that speak another language, AudioFetch can help here, too. A live translator can speak into a microphone attached to AudioFetch, which will broadcast the translated services to anyone listening via the app. Using AudioFetch as translation equipment for churches creates a welcoming environment for all community members and fresh faces that will join you for Easter Services.

Holding Easter Services Outdoors

Churches that aren’t permitted or aren’t comfortable holding indoor services are continuing drive-in services in their parking lots. With our AudioFetch church drive-in audio solution or FM Transmitter offered by our partner company Broadcastvision Entertainment, your congregation can hear every work of the Easter services from the safety and comfort of their vehicles. 

Even if your church is hosting indoor services, this is still a great option for your members that are more at-risk and cautious. You can broadcast the same services indoors and outdoors so everyone can feel connected and safe. 

We’re also offering special bundled packages for churches to allow you to connect via your own WiFi or with a router, or to get both the AudioFetch Express and the FM Transmitter at once. These bundled packages can be found at our Broadcastvision website

Make your religious gathering welcoming to all, and be confident that you are engaging all those who chose to attend Easter Services by contacting us today, before the holiday rush.

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New Technology for a New Normal

By | Churches, Education, Fitness Centers, Hearing Assistance, Restaurants, Sports Bars, Tour Guides, Translation | No Comments

We’re all eager to return to some semblance of normalcy in our daily and public lives. Yet, with new more contagious and more deadly variants of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, that possibility keeps getting further and further away. And even when the world does get a handle on this pandemic, and public businesses and events can resume at full capacity, it won’t be what we all consider “normal” for a long time

In this new normal, people will be extremely cautious when it comes to patronizing businesses or attending public events. We’ve gotten used to the regulations. They not only provide safety from a physical standpoint–wearing masks and standing farther apart makes it more difficult for disease-carrying saliva droplets to land on others–they also provide emotional safety by making us feel safer and protected from the things we can’t fully control. Once the pandemic is controlled, the physical aspects go away quickly, but the emotional ones will stick around for a long while.

Even if businesses do open back up at full capacity and all regulations are lifted this year, it’s wise to continue providing safety measures for your customers and guests, allowing them to feel more comfortable and confident at your establishment. 

Our audio over WiFi streaming solutions can help your business provide these safety measures now, and in a post-pandemic world. Following are three ways our technology can help in the new normal. 

Continued Social Distancing 

Our wireless tour guide system lets tour guides broadcast their voice to anyone within 300 feet in any direction. This allows for ample distance between tour group attendees, and provides your business with a responsible and marketable advantage. 

At restaurants and sports bars, AudioFetch allows you to broadcast audio from muted TVs to your customers’ smartphones and tablets. No need to gather around a single TV to hear the audio, or even have tables grouped nearby. Customers can hear the TV audio anywhere in the building or patio seating by using the free AudioFetch app. This allows everyone to maintain a safe, comfortable distance from others, while enjoying the entertainment, the food and drinks, and the community experience. 

Less Shared Equipment

Even pre-pandemic, hearing assistive devices and transmitters were always a pain to keep clean. Post-pandemic, customers and guests will be less willing to use a shared device. At best, this creates a less enjoyable experience; at worst, they’ll look for another venue that is more welcoming and accommodating. 

AudioFetch solves this problem. Since listeners use their own smartphone and headphones to hear the audio, you don’t need to provide (or maintain!) any additional devices. AudioFetch is ideal as an assistive listening system for churches, theaters, and schools and educational facilities, or as a translation streaming solution. Tour groups also benefit from replacing their shared hearing devices with their attendees’ smartphones and the AudioFetch app.

Fewer Surfaces to Touch

For fitness centers and gyms, instead of using entertainment screens attached to cardio machines or allowing anyone to control shared TVs or sound systems, members use their own smartphones to listen to TV audio or music throughout the club. This reduces the number of surfaces that members come into contact with at the club. It also limits the amount of equipment that must be disinfected by your staff throughout the day. 

In addition to tour groups, sports bars, churches, theaters, schools and fitness centers, AudioFetch can benefit numerous other types of businesses and organizations that want to help their guests hear better and feel safer. Call us today at 1-844-443-3824 or schedule a meeting to discuss how your business can use new technology for a new normal. 

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How to Make Your Worship Services More Accessible

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Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment is a key goal for every type of religious organization. Church members and guests should be provided with resources and tools that allow them to take part in weekly services and other events to the fullest extent possible, despite any hearing impairments or language barriers. 

Yet, because houses of worship are exempt from the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or because many believe that addressing these requirements is too complicated and expensive, they neglect to take steps to create this welcoming community. Fortunately, we’re proud to offer a solution that is both simple and inexpensive to install. 

Our audio over WiFi solutions are designed to make it simple and affordable for any type of religious organization to make their services more accessible and welcoming to all types of audiences. Learn how AudioFetch helps those with hearing impairments and language barriers. 

Welcoming a Person Who is Hard of Hearing

According to That All May Worship, the leading educational publication that provides tips and information on how houses of worship can better welcome people with disabilities, hearing impairments are an imperative. “Each congregation includes people, young and old, who are hard of hearing or deaf. They may read lips so well that they appear less deaf than they truly are. Indeed, they may understand only 80% of what is spoken, chanted or sung, but may be reluctant to complain.” 

For decades, houses of worship have used inductive loop systems to assist the hearing impaired, but these systems are cumbersome, expensive and still require the use of a hearing aid which many people find embarrassing. AudioFetch is a better solution to hearing loops

Our assisted listening devices for churches allow listeners to hear the service via an app on their own device (phone or tablet) using their own headphones. This is a great solution for those who are reluctant to complain or request a hearing device. It also eliminates the need for using shared devices, which require ongoing maintenance to ensure they’re properly working and, uber important in today’s climate, disinfected. 

By offering hearing assistance, you’re providing a safe and approachable environment for all members and their families. As noted in That All May Worship: “Many deaf [and hard of hearing] people prefer to worship in congregations which specifically serve people who are deaf [or hard of hearing]. This is particularly important for deaf parents who have hearing children and wish to worship as a family.”

Welcoming a Person Who Speaks Another Language

For many houses of worship, English isn’t the first language for some of their members. Members may attend your services to be with their English-speaking family members or because there are no other options in the area. But providing live language interpretation will allow all to feel welcome in your community, and may even bring in a whole new audience. 

With our AudioFetch translation equipment for churches, your members use their own smart phone and headset to listen in to translation via the AudioFetch app. If you’re already using AudioFetch for hearing assistance, you can use the same device. Simply dedicate another channel to broadcast a real-time stream of the translation. 

With Easter right around the corner, houses of worship can prepare now to create a more inclusive environment for all members. Call us today at 1-844-443-3824 or schedule a meeting to discuss hearing assistance and translation solutions for your church.