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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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Get Ready for Spring and Summer Drive-In Events

By | Drive-in Audio | No Comments

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

By | Churches | No Comments

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

By | Churches, Hearing Assistance, Translation | No Comments

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. 

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AudioFetch On-Demand Product Overview Webinar

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Want to better understand the features and benefits of wireless audio streaming for your business? Unsure which AudioFetch solution is right for you? Then you need to check out our Product Overview webinar.

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In this brief webinar video, AudioFetch CEO Tim Depumpo walks you through the numerous features and benefits of our technology and discusses how various businesses are using AudioFetch to improve guest experience. Tim also talks about each of the AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions in detail, pointing out the unique capabilities and which businesses and organizations find them most useful.

Click the link below to access the video and learn more about our commercial wireless audio streaming solutions.

If you have specific questions or are ready to get started now, call us at 1-844-HI-FETCH (1-844-443-3824) or schedule an appointment with our team.

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New App Customizations: Branding and Personalizing Your AudioFetch App

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We’re continually looking for ways to improve the AudioFetch app and make it more useful for you and your customers. Today, we’re excited to announce a number of new customization features, which allow you to brand and personalize the app, making it more useful for your business and your guests. 

AudioFetch App Customization

Following are the seven new customization features available now for your AudioFetch app:

Change the App Title

Specify an App Title, which will appear on the widget that displays when the device is on a lock-screen mode. This will remind your listeners that they’re connected and listening with your business, using a name they’re familiar with. 

Add Your Logo 

Replace the AudioFetch logo with your business’s logo in two spots: at the very top of the app, and in the center of the app screen. This helps you better connect with your guests by continuing to build brand recognition for your business, and making the app more familiar to your guests.

Add a Custom Background

You can now change the entire background of the app to display a custom image or customer color of your choosing. This feature is useful in further familiarizing guests with your brand and setting the right tone while they are at your facility. 

Add Custom Channel Icons

Previously if your facility was using more than one audio source, the channels were simply displayed “Channel 1,” “Channel 2,” etc. Now you can customize those icons to better represent what is streaming on each audio channel, making it easier for guests to find what they want to listen to.

For example, if you’re streaming audio from TVs playing CNN, ESPN and Comedy Central, you can upload the respective logos for each channel. 

Add Custom Splash Page

Display a custom banner or video before the app opens. Use this page to reinforce your brand message or promote events, deals or specials that are currently happening at your establishment.

Link to Your Website

To drive traffic to your business or organization’s website, you can now add a hyperlink under the hamburger menu dropdown, found in the top left corner of the app. 

Link to a Custom PDF Document 

Add a hyperlink to a PDF document under the hamburger menu dropdown, found in the top left corner of the app. You can use this PDF link in numerous ways:

  • Share important business information, such as event programs, fitness class schedules or menus. 
  • Announce specials, discounts, upcoming events or other promotions. 
  • Add a custom message or any other content that you’d like to share. 

All of these customizations are available through The Doghouse configuration management portal, which every customer has access to at no additional cost or monthly fees!

If you have any questions about customizing the AudioFetch app or using it to engage with your customers, we’re happy to help! Drop us a line, chat with us, or call us at 1-844-443-3824.

*Note: App customizations are only available for AudioFetch Signature Series products and AudioFetch Express. 

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Introducing a New Breed of Wireless Audio Streaming – AudioFetch Home

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As more people stay home these days, we realize that entire families are struggling to maintain a peaceful and enjoyable home experience. Sharing a small space can be difficult (heck, even sharing a big space for this long is tough!).

We knew that our technology could help, and so we’ve come up with a new breed of wireless audio streaming product — AudioFetch Home.

Drawing on our 15+ years in the commercial space, AudioFetch Home is a home wireless audio solution designed to help families and couples hear better in their house, reduce distractions, and create a more high-tech environment.

How can you use AudioFetch Home?

  • Turn the TV up as loud as you want or need without distracting your family
  • Listen to TV in bed without waking your partner
  • Hear the TV sound while working out in your home gym
  • Hear more clearly without the use of hearing aid
  • Enhance your home theater or gaming setup for an innovative viewing experience
  • Host outdoor movie nights in your yard without disturbing the neighborhood

However you want or need to use it, AudioFetch home let’s you quickly and easily stream TV audio over WiFi.

With winter coming on fast, we’re all going to be spending even more time at home. Make that time more enjoyable with AudioFetch Home! Order yours online today!

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Silent Disco Equipment: Using AudioFetch for a Soundless & Safe Party

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For those of you out there looking to keep the party spirit alive while maintaining safe social distances, we have the answer–Silent Discos!

Silent discos are events where people dance to music listened to on individual headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, silent disco equipment broadcasts music to the headphones, providing an experience that is unique for participants, considerate for neighbors, and in today’s environment, the most responsible choice for music events.

Silent discos started gaining popularity in 2005 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, and are seeing a resurgence as people look for creative and safer ways to bring communities together. AudioFetch’s wireless audio streaming technology offers several benefits for silent discos:

Innovative Audio Streaming Technology

Traditional silent discos use FM radio transmitters to broadcast the music to wireless headphone receivers. This process works, but it’s an old school way of doing things! 

AudioFetch provides a next-generation solution that streams music wirelessly to smartphones. Listeners simply download the free AudioFetch app, connect to the WiFi and they’re able to hear the music immediately. 

No Headphones to Disinfect

Rather than providing shared headphones for listeners to use, AudioFetch allows users to listen with their own smartphone and headphones. Nothing to disinfect after each use and no worry of spreading disease. No rental gear to send back and no extra equipment to store after the event. No mess, no risk, no hassle!

Flexible Music Streaming Options

Want to keep the music going into the wee hours while adhering to noise ordinances? Planning a music event with multiple acts or DJs and need to provide listening options? Thinking of unifying your apartment complex with a unit-wide dance party? Have another silent event in mind? We offer several wireless audio streaming solutions to fit your needs.

Our Express model is a single-channel unit, which lets you broadcast from one artist or DJ. If you’ll have multiple audio options, our Signature Line is what you need. Signature covers you from 4 sources all the way up to 512! 

Listeners can easily choose the DJ or artist by swiping right/left in the app to find the appropriate channel number. 

More Affordable Than Other Silent Disco Gear

Other silent disco equipment providers charge you for each headphone at a whopping $50 a pop (and that’s typically the budget option!). Then you have to buy the audio broadcast equipment, which can be anywhere from $150-500 for a single transmitter (which may not be enough for your event). And then you need to purchase all the accessories–cables, batteries, signage, storage containers, setup fees. All of those items together can really add up!

With AudioFetch, you only need to purchase the audio over WiFi equipment, and that’s it! There are no other accessories to buy–all cables and signage come with the equipment. There are no support or setup fees (not that you’ll need it, AudioFetch is extremely simple to install!). And listeners use their own smartphones and headphones, so you don’t have to worry about footing that bill either (or worry about spreading disease with shared equipment)!

Personal Volume Control

One volume does NOT fit all. 

Using AudioFetch for a silent disco, each participant is able to easily control the volume on their smartphone, reducing the risk of hearing damage. 

Encourage Conversation

No more yelling over blaring music or losing your voice the next day. A silent disco allows those people who are not dancing, or those simply taking a break, to converse at a normal level. And with the need for social distancing today, this is even more important. Individuals can talk at a safe distance from each other without even needing to raise their voices. 

If you’re interested in hosting a silent disco, we can help! Whether you’re planning a full music festival or a small neighborhood dance party, our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming products are a simple and affordable solution. Contact us today!