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How to Provide Social Distance Entertainment Options As Restaurants Reopen

By | Restaurants, Sports Bars | No Comments

After weeks, and in some cases even months, of takeout- and delivery-only services, restaurants and bars across the country are beginning to reopen for dine-in services. As of today, 39 states have allowed restaurants to reopen for dine-in or are starting to make plans to reopen soon. 

Each state has set their own guidelines for adhering to social-distancing measures and protecting staff and customers, and the guidelines are different for bars and restaurants. 

For example, Texas restaurants and bars are permitted 25% capacity indoors with no limits for outdoor seating. In California, the decision to reopen restaurants is up to each county, and only bars that serve food will be allowed to reopen. And in our home state of Colorado, capacity at restaurants is limited to 50%, tables must be six feet apart and there is an eight-person party limit; bars remain closed for dine-in service.

Customers are of course eager for dining options that don’t originate in their own kitchens, but they’re also looking for the other things that restaurants and bars provide–the less tangible things like environment, community, connection and entertainment. 

They want these additional perks, but not at the risk of their health or safety. Customers must know there are options for enjoying a social experience while maintaining responsible social distancing.  

Our restaurant and sports bar entertainment solutions allow you to serve both of these needs for customers. We offer two key solutions for restaurants and bars:

Local Audio Over WiFi Streaming Solutions

Our AudioFetch local wireless audio streaming technology 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 restaurant or patio seating by using the free AudioFetch app. This allows everyone to maintain the required distance from others, while enjoying the entertainment, the food and drinks, and the community experience. 

Personal Viewing TV Monitors for Tables

We all remember this common scene at sports bars: groups of customers gathered around TV monitors, rooting on their favorite teams, high-fiving other customers, and clinking pint glasses. To protect staff and customers, this scene cannot happen anytime soon. 

However, you can provide entertainment and some semblance of that same comradery by allowing customers to watch TV with personal viewing TV monitors at each table. Through our partner company Broadcastvision, we offer commercial-grade 19” HD widescreen LED TVs that can be placed on individual dining tables or mounted on the wall in a booth. Customers can select the channel of their choice, or you can choose certain programs to broadcast to all TVs throughout the bar or restaurant. 

We know, we know, there are no sporting events to watch right now, but might we suggest airing Jelle’s Marble Runs! It’s all the thrill and excitement of traditional sports, without the risks to players or crowds. 

If you’d like to learn more about how you can provide entertainment for your guests and maintain safer social-distancing practices, contact us today.

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How to Run Socially-Distant Tours with AudioFetch

By | Tour Guides, Travel | No Comments

Every industry has taken a major hit over the past two months, and that’s especially true for travel and tourism. With shelter in place orders across the globe, tours were brought to a standstill with few, if any, options for driving revenue. 

Now, as quarantine orders are being lifted, tour companies are eager to resume their unique tour experiences and begin generating revenue again. Yet, there are precautions they must now take to ensure the safety of both the tour group members and their staff. 

Requiring everyone to wear masks is a prerequisite. Limiting the number of people in any single tour group is wise. Modifying tour sites and attractions to avoid crowded areas should be considered. But how can people hear the tour guide when everyone must stand at least six feet away? 

Our AudioFetch technology is the perfect solution! Using our FetchExpress portable audio streaming device, tour guides can 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. 

How Does AudioFetch Make Tours Safer

Our FetchExpress solution is lightweight, portable and has built-in Wi-Fi, turning the tour guide into a walking hotspot for listeners. Installing and using FetchExpress is incredibly simple, and requires just a few steps:

  1. Install FetchExpress – Turn on the FetchExpress and plug in the microphone. Seriously, it’s that easy!
  2. Download AudioFetch App – Tour members download the free AudioFetch App to their smartphone or tablet, connect to the FetchExpress Wi-Fi network, and launch the app.
  3. Ensure a Safe Distance – Make sure the tour guide and members are standing at least six feet apart and maintain this distance if it’s a walking tour or there’s any movement required during the tour. 
  4. Start the Tour – The tour guide speaks into the microphone and members listen via the app. 

For more stationary tours, or so that entire families can hear together, a bluetooth speaker can be paired with the phone or tablet to extend the audio. 

We also include a free wireless tour guide accessories kit with each purchase, freeing up the tour guide’s hands to point out important sights and ensuring they don’t run out of juice on longer tours. The accessories kit includes a hip pack, a headset microphone, a USB battery, and a battery charger cable. 

As the travel and tour industry begins to reopen, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect everyone involved. It’s also important that potential customers know about the measures you’re taking, and feel confident that their health and safety will not be jeopardized during their experience with your tour business.

If you have questions about how AudioFetch allows you to run tours more responsibly, people do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you get your tour business back up and running, and doing so in the safest way possible.

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How to Host a Drive-In Wedding Ceremony

By | AudioFetch News, Weddings | No Comments

You’ve spent months, maybe even years, planning your big day. Booking the venue and all the vendors, picking out the perfect dress and decor, coordinating the ideal day so that as many loved ones can attend as possible, and making contingency plans for weather and other unforeseen events. Finally, all that planning–and the stress and anticipation that goes along with it–is about to pay off. Your wedding day is soon, and you get to celebrate your love with family and friends!

But there’s one unforeseen event that you didn’t plan for (because no one could have planned for it)–a global pandemic. The coronavirus has put all kinds of plans on hold, and forced people into two options: postpone the event to an unknown date in the future, or host the event virtually. 

There’s a third option, however! One that will allow you to keep your wedding date and celebrate in person, but from a safe physical distance. You can have a drive-in wedding ceremony! 

At a drive-in wedding, your guests can listen to the ceremony and your vows while sitting in their cars. All they need is a smartphone or tablet, and all you need is a wireless audio streaming solution. 

Here’s how it works:

  • AudioFetch technology and a router are used to broadcast audio 300 feet in all directions
  • The couple and officiant (maintaining the required social distance from the officiant, of course!) use a microphone, which is plugged into the AudioFetch technology
  • Guests park in the parking lot or field and remain in their cars
  • Guests download the free AudioFetch app to their smartphones or tablets, launch the app and start listening
  • Their phone or tablet can be paired with any bluetooth speaker, making it easier for the entire vehicle to hear
  • Now they can hear the ceremony from a safe distance

We’re working with a number of couples and wedding planners to help them host these drive-in wedding ceremonies, and would love to help you out, too! 

We have three different packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners. All of these drive-in wedding packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. 

Our drive-in wedding packages are currently all on sale, and we’re offering an additional $25 off when you use the code: HEARTOHELP25. Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.

If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in wedding, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting couples and helping to give them the celebration they deserve this year! 

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Hosting a Drive-In Graduation Ceremony at Your High School or University

By | Education | No Comments

Graduation ceremonies are an important part of every senior’s journey. Not only is it a well-deserved celebration of their hard work during their time at high school or college, but it’s also a symbolic marker for the start of their journey into self-discovery in the worlds of higher education and “real life.” Unfortunately, the in-person graduation ceremony seniors have been looking forward to over the past four years is not able to happen this year. 

Most schools have decided to host virtual graduations, asking students, faculty, and parents to join the ceremony via a live video conference or watch a pre-recorded video. This is a viable option but doesn’t quite offer the same level of pomp and circumstance.    

Schools that want to raise the bar and create a ceremony worthy of the grads, while still maintaining a safe physical environment, have opted to host “drive-in” style graduation ceremonies. For these drive-in graduations, the students and families park in the school parking lot and remain in their cars while listening to the commencement speeches and grad names being announced via their smartphones or radios.

We’re working with a number of schools to help them host these drive-in graduation ceremonies, and would love to help out your school too. Our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets.

Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker. We have three different packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners.

All of these drive-in graduation packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. All of the packages are on sale, and we’re offering an additional $25 off when you use the code: HEARTOHELP25. Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.

If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in graduation, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting schools and helping to give seniors the celebration they deserve this year!

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How Assistive Listening Devices Improve Your Entertainment Experience

By | Hearing Assistance, Sports Bars, Stadiums, Theater, Tour Guides | No Comments

Have you ever had a bad entertainment experience because of a noisy environment? Assistive listening devices can help. AudioFetch listening assist technology gives users a more comfortable, enjoyable listening experience in loud venues. 

Our assistive listening devices broadcast audio over wifi and provide easy access to clear, live audio streaming in theaters, stadiums, sports bars, museums, or other crowded entertainment venues. 

With AudioFetch, you and your customers can enjoy a perfect entertainment experience without missing out due to environmental noise. You can also use assistive listening devices to improve the experience for people with impaired hearing.

Here’s how popular entertainment venues can use AudioFetch assistive listening devices:

1. Theaters

Assistive listening devices for theaters help patrons enjoy the arts without being disrupted by anyone who may be making noise around them. Users can connect to a direct audio live stream for perfect sound. Theaters like New York Live Arts also use AudioFetch to make their shows more accessible to the hearing impaired.

2. Stadiums

Nothing beats the feeling of cheering for your favorite team with a crowd of other fans, but the volume can make it difficult to hear the play-by-play. Adding assistive listening devices to a stadium sound system lets fans tune in to a direct live stream over wifi. The Halifax Thunderbirds use AudioFetch for stadium hearing assistance at their games to improve the experience for all fans.

3. Sports Bars

Fans who prefer to watch sports at their local bar face a different challenge than stadium listening. Along with ambient sound from conversations or music, many sports bars often play multiple games at once on different screens. Our sports bar audio solution allows customers to enjoy a drink and connect to a direct audio feed for their specific game so they don’t miss any action.

4. Museums & Cultural Exhibits

Museums and cultural exhibitors like NY See Tours use AudioFetch devices as tour guide amplifiers. Tourists can enjoy their guided experience with optimal sound because our wireless tour guide system make it easier than ever to connect to an audio broadcast. 

Use AudioFetch for the Best Entertainment Experience

When social gatherings and events resume in the coming weeks and months, you want to be ready with unique entertainment options for everyone. Contact us today to learn more about our listening assistive devices.

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How to Your Business or Organization Can Host Drive-In Events

By | AudioFetch News, Business, Churches, General, Sports Bars, streaming | No Comments

Many of our church customers are hosting parking lot church services, allowing their members to continue coming together while maintaining a safe physical distance. These “drive-in” style services let their members maintain a sense of community and connection, without risking the health of themselves and their families. These socially-distant gatherings have been so popular over the past couple weeks, we wanted to share some ideas for other types of events and businesses that can benefit.

Drive-In Movies at Restaurants

Hosting a drive-in movie night is one way to drive business for restaurants that are only able to serve take-out at this time. The materials needed are minimal–a projector, a big screen (which could just be a white sheet!), and technology to broadcast the audio to cars. Customers get a break from being stuck in their houses all day, and restaurants get a boost in sales of take-out from the event.

Drive-In Graduations for Universities and High Schools 

While daily classes have moved to the virtual world, there’s one final event on all seniors’ minds right now–graduation day. Rather than host this online or skip it altogether, universities and high schools could host the ceremony in the school parking lot. Grads and families can remain in their cars, and tune in to their radio to hear the commencement speech. Walking across the stage won’t be possible, of course, but the graduates can all honk when their names are called! Learn more about drive-in graduation ceremonies.

Drive-in Weddings

You’ve spent months, maybe even years, planning your big day, and the idea of postponing it is not only heartbreaking, it’s a logistical nightmare. You can still celebrate your love from a safe distance by hosting a drive-in wedding ceremony. Allow family and friends to listen to the vows while sitting in their cars (throwing birdseed in their cars is optional!). Learn more about drive-in wedding ceremonies.

Parking Lot Services at Funeral Homes

When a loved one passes, it’s important for everyone to have the opportunity to come together, celebrating and honoring their life. Those gatherings can still happen, just in a different way. Mourners can meet in the parking lot, seeing other family and friends and listening to the eulogy at a safe distance.

Drive-In Business Presentations

To maintain a semblance of community and connection for businesses forced to work from home, drive-in presentations may be a solution. A single speaker can present using a microphone, and employees can listen in via their smartphones or radio in their cars. 

Drive-In Bingo at Retirement Communities

Those living in close-knit retirement communities are accustomed to attending potlucks, bingo nights, dances and numerous other activities planned on a daily basis. These neighborhoods can maintain a sense of connection without risking the health of their residents by hosting drive-in bingo nights. The caller can use a microphone to announce the numbers, while players remain safely in their cars. 

Drive-In Dance Parties

Going out to a club is not permitted currently, but there are no restrictions on dancing in cars. Create a dance party in wheels by broadcasting music to attendees in their cars. 

Drive-In Support Groups

If there was ever a time we could all use a little extra support, it’s now. But those people that rely on support groups for their personal health and wellness may not be getting the support they need. With drive-up support groups hosted in parking lots of churches or community centers, attendees can listen in for the encouragement, comfort, and relief they need to get them through this tough time. 

Drive-In  Storytime for Kids

Every parent is looking for new and entertaining ways to keep their kids occupied. Libraries, theaters or other community centers can provide interesting and educational storytime for kids. One person can read a story, while families listen in from the safety and comfort of their vehicles. 

Drive-In Lectures or Educational Events

Museums, libraries, theaters and other community-oriented organizations have been forced to shut their doors, but their parking lots are sitting empty. Hosting a lecture or educational event in these deserted lots provides some much-needed entertainment and a feeling of connection for the community. 

How Can Any Business Offer These Drive-In Audio Events?

With our partner company Broadcastvision Entertainment, we’re able to broadcast audio from any audio source to smartphones.

Send Audio to Phones & Tablets for Drive-in Audio Services

Our AudioFetch drive-in audio solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker. 

We’re currently offering three different drive-in audio packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners. All of these packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. And they’re all on sale! Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.

We also offer an FM Transmitter, which broadcasts a message to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars (up to 300 feet in any direction). This has been a very popular item for drive-in audio, and unfortunately, as of May 5, we are sold out again. We’re working hard to get these FM Transmitters back in stock soon, but we encourage you to consider the AudioFetch packages from your drive-in audio.

If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in style event in your parking lot, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting other small businesses and organizations, helping to keep communities connected, and giving new life to beloved drive-in theaters!

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The Benefits of Live Translation via Assistive Listening Devices

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Language connects us. That’s why translation services are so important. Devices like AudioFetch can provide technological solutions for live translation for a variety of businesses.* Offering real-time translation services helps people feel welcome in your community space even if they don’t speak your language.

Whether you’re engaging with an audience in a house of worship or speaking to students in a lecture hall, AudioFetch assistive listening devices can help you provide live translation services for anyone*. 

Here’s how different organizations use assistive listening devices like AudioFetch to provide live translation services for their community members.

1. Houses of Worship

Organizations like the Winterville Church of Christ use AudioFetch as an affordable, easy church translation solution for reaching worshippers of different languages. For houses of worship, offering live language interpretation can bring in a whole new audience. Foreign language speakers will feel welcome in your community. Members use their own smartphone and headset to an AudioFetch channel via the AudioFetch App, allowing them to hear a translation of the services in their own language, in real time. 

2. Colleges and Universities

Educational institutions use assistive listening devices from AudioFetch to make classrooms more accessible. Foreign exchange students and other non-native speakers are able to understand lectures clearly in their own language thanks to live translations. This ensures that no one falls behind in their studies because of a language gap.

3. Government Offices

Did you know that government agencies are legally required to offer services in foreign languages? From courthouses to polling centers, any audio must be transmitted in a way that can be heard and understood by all. Assistive listening devices are a convenient, cost-effective way for government offices to provide interpretation services.

Translation is Connection

When we understand each other, we feel closer. We realize that our shared experiences are bigger than our differences. A common language can bring people together like nothing else.

That’s why in today’s modern, multicultural world, it’s important to offer language interpretation and translation services for your clients and community members — and AudioFetch can help.

Offer your guests and attendees something special when events, meetings and social activities resume in the coming weeks and months. Contact us today to learn more about AudioFetch assistive listening devices.

*AudioFetch only provides the device through which translation can be heard, translator and translation must be provided separately.

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How to Broadcast Your Church Service to Cars in Parking Lots

By | AudioFetch News, Churches | No Comments

Churches and houses of worship are making changes to how they deliver messages to congregations while practicing social distancing. Some churches are turning to online tools, virtual hangouts, and social media to spread the good word. 

Other churches, however, have found an ingenious solution for still bringing their communities together in a single location, while maintaining a safe physical distance. The solution: They’re hosting parking lot services! 

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve spoken to a number of churches creating these parking lost services and wanted to help others bring this same “drive-in” style sermon to their members. We are able to offer drive-in audio streaming through our products.

Using AudioFetch Express and FM Transmitter for Church Parking Lot Services

Option 1: Using an AudioFetch Solution to Broadcast to Smartphones

Our AudioFetch drive-in audio solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker. Paired with a wireless router, our AudioFetch can support up to 250 listeners.

Here’s how the AudioFetch works:

  • Up to 250 listeners at one time
  • Have your members park in the parking lot and remain in their vehicles.
  • Send the audio over the WiFi from the router.
  • Plug the AudioFetch Express into your audio output.
  • The AudioFetch will broadcast your service to each member who has a smartphone or tablet.
  • The app is free on Google Play and iTunes.
  • They can now hear your message while keeping the proper distance.
  • BONUS: it can be used for hearing assistance and/or translation once service resumes indoors.
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Option 2: Using an FM Transmitter to Broadcast to the Radio

UPDATE 5/04: Our FM Transmitter is currently sold old! Thank you to all the churches and organizations that purchased. We are working to have more in stock soon.

With the FM Transmitter offered by our partner company Broadcastvision Entertainment, churches can broadcast a message to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars. 

Here’s how the FM Transmitter works:

  • Broadcast your service 300+ feet in all directions. Unlimited users.
  • Have your members park in the parking lot and remain in their vehicles.
  • Select an FM frequency that is currently not in use.
  • Plug the FM Transmitter into your audio output.
  • The FM Transmitter will broadcast the sermon to each members’ car radio.
  • Your members only need to tune into the FM station you selected.
  • They can now hear your message while keeping the proper distance.
  • Place a sandwich board or other signage throughout the parking lot to direct listeners to the right station. 

For further instruction on how to use the FM Transmitter, click the button below to download the manual.

Listening to Church Sermon with Car Radio

These parking lot services popped up in communities across the globe. In Odessa, Texas, Connection Community Church took their service to their parking lot. In Dora, Alabama, one church held services in the parking lot of a local restaurant. In Vancouver, Washington, parishioners sat in their cars to hear a “drive-in” style service.  

We’re currently offering three different drive-in audio packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners. All of these packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. And they’re all on sale! Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.

Need help installing AudioFetch for your church drive-in services? Check out our short instructional video.

Would you like to provide instructions to your members or guests on how to download and use the AudioFetch app? We have a short video for that too! Check it out here.

We appreciate your business and hope our technology can continue to assist in delivering your message and bringing communities together in a safe way.

Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Hearing

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Did you know that 466 million people live with hearing loss worldwide?

That’s why we celebrate World Hearing Day on March 3, 2020. World Hearing Day is a time to raise awareness for hearing loss prevention and help provide solutions for people with hearing impairments.

In today’s loud world, noise-induced damage is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. But the good news is that this type of hearing loss is preventable! By taking steps to protect your hearing now, you can potentially avoid premature hearing loss.

Here’s everything you need to know to protect your hearing:

Limit Your Exposure to Loud Noise

Noisy bars, sporting events, or any environment over 60 decibels can cause damage to your ears that gradually adds up. As a general rule, if a place is so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation, it’s too loud.

The 60/60 Rule

Listening to music on your phone or mp3 player is a great way to pass the time. But if the volume is too loud, it can cause hearing loss. That’s why it’s important to follow the “60/60 Rule.” This means only listening to music at 60% volume for 60 minutes at a time.

Earplugs Are Simple, Cheap & Effective

When your environment is too loud, use earplugs. Earplugs are one of the simplest, yet most effective tools for protecting your hearing. Wearing earplugs can reduce loud ambient noise to safe levels. We recommend keeping a pair of earplugs in your bag or your car so you’ll always have a pair at the ready. Your ears will thank you.

Give Your Ears a Break

Another great way to prevent hearing loss is whenever you find yourself in a loud environment, such as a concert or a club, do your best to step outside and get away from the noise for a few minutes. This will give your ears a chance to rest and recover. It’s also a great idea to pick a “quiet day” each week, where you avoid loud music and noisy places.

Choose Noise-Cancelling Headphones & Listening Assistive Devices

Many people turn up the volume on their phones and mp3 players to dangerous levels because they can’t hear their music over the sounds around them. By using noise-cancelling devices, you can block the noise in your environment. This means you can enjoy your music at a safe, low volume.

Similarly, use assistive listening devices like AudioFetch whenever available. By taking advantage of wireless audio streaming solutions offered at sports bars, gyms, or other loud public places, you can help control the volume of your environment.

Get 25% Off in Honor of World Hearing Day

To celebrate this year’s World Hearing Day, which was on March 3rd, AudioFetch is offering 25% off* MSRP on all hearing assistive applications for the month of March 2020. Contact us today and mention “World Hearing Day” to take advantage of this special offer.

*Discount available from March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. One discount per customer. Must contact AudioFetch to see if your application is eligible and mention World Hearing Day.

Top Reasons Why People Don’t Wear Hearing Aids [Infographic]

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80% of people between the ages of 55 and 74 who could benefit from hearing aids don’t wear them, according to a study published in the International Journal of Audiology.

The reasons for not wearing hearing aids are many–they’re uncomfortable or even painful, they’re too expensive, they no longer work like they did at first, they make them feel old or embarrassed. These are real and valid reasons, but the consequences of not using them are not just a few missed sentences here and there. It could result in a decline in cognitive function, further reduction of hearing ability, even increased risk of slips and falls.  

Check out the infographic below with important facts and stats about hearing aids, and alternative hearing assistive devices

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