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Building Community Through Hearing Assistance

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A new study at Cigna reveals that loneliness is at epic proportions in the United States. The UCLA Loneliness Scale indicated that nearly half of all Americans feel alone; older adults with hearing loss feel isolated, but Gen Z is the loneliest of all. The article suggests that getting enough sleep and exercise can help combat loneliness.

The best way of dealing with loneliness is to have a sense of community. Learning, work, and friendship are important aspects of living a full life and not understanding another person’s language or having trouble hearing them creates isolation. Without language translation or hearing assistance, people tend to congregate in their own groups and this creates exclusion. However, there are many locations for community building already in place: schools, churches, senior centers, sporting events and the workplace, to name a few. The key is to create social and cultural inclusion so that everyone feels welcome and understood.

Beyond addressing loneliness, there are benefits of cultural and language inclusion. It’s been proven that children who are taught in their own language learn faster and make better grades, and companies with inclusive policies have higher earnings.

A sporting event bypasses cultural and language barriers as well as hearing impairments, and sharing a game can bond a group. Audio streaming for bars and restaurants is a great way to include everyone, no matter which team they are rooting for. Not only that, many adults do not wish to admit that they have a hearing impairment as it implies disability, so offering an audio solution that helps groups to bond can make it easier for those with hearing disabilities to feel safe to ask for what they need.

To create stronger community at church and help to overcome language barriers, the congregation can use assisted listening devices for churches to translate the entire sermon into the non-dominant language so that parishioners understand what it’s like to hear in a language that they may not fully understand. Plus, those with hearing impairments can feel more included if they are able to use an audio streaming device with earbuds so that they don’t miss a word of the service no matter what language it’s in.

We hope that you will help to address the issue of loneliness by entering into a community or creating one that will show kindness to others. If you’d like to learn more about how our audio solutions could help, contact us.

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Why Integrate AudioFetch into Your Smartphone App

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When you’ve invested the time, money and resources to develop a custom app for your business, you want your customers to use it as often as possible! But offering other services at your venue, like wireless audio streaming, require the use of a second app, which can pull guests away from your app, limiting options for continuing to engage them while on premises. So we’ve come up with a great solution for this situation–integrate AudioFetch into your own app via SDK or API!

It’s an extremely simple process, and we’ve put together some instructions with our AudioFetch API & SDK Kit. But if you’re still a little unsure if it’s worth the quick setup, here are the top four reasons you should integrate AudioFetch with your app:

  1. More App Downloads

When guests want to use AudioFetch at your venue, they’ll have to download your app to do so, which they may not have found a reason to do in the past. This increases your downloads and provides ongoing opportunities for you to continue engaging guests.

  1. More Efficient for Customers

Keeping your customers happy should be your number one priority. Because happy customers equal happy profits.

One way to keep them happy is by making their experience as pleasant and simple as possible. When you integrate AudioFetch into your own app, they won’t have to download a new app and learn how to use it (although, AudioFetch couldn’t be simpler to use–just download the free app, open it, connect to wifi, select the channel, and audio streams automatically–even the most technology-challenged figure it out). It’s a simple, seamless experience that will make their visit to your business more enjoyable.

  1. Keep Them Engaged with Your Business

Since your guests will be opening your app on every visit to use AudioFetch, you have a captive audience. Use this opportunity to send promotional messages (e.g., “20% off at the cafe today only”) or alert them to upcoming events (e.g., “Trivia night on Wednesdays with half price drafts”). You can drive supplemental revenue and increase loyalty with this captive audience.

  1. Control Guest’s Experience

Most businesses want to reinforce their brand in every way possible while customers are at their place of business. By integrating AudioFetch into your own app, which has your logo and other branding elements throughout, you are able to fortify your brand and create a stronger, more consistent connection with the customers.

With these important benefits coupled with the ease of integration, there’s no reason not to integrate AudioFetch into your app. Get the simple instructions here and don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-877-661-228 if you have questions.