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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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How to Broadcast Your Church Service to Cars in Parking Lots

By | Churches, AudioFetch News | 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! 

We’ve worked with thousands of churches since the start of this global pandemic to help them create parking lost services. And we want 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 in two ways:

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

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.  

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.

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#HearMoreTogether!

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No one should ever have to miss a speech, a touching moment, a sports play, a joke, a conversation, or a good laugh just because they have hearing loss or because it’s simply too noisy where they are listening. Being able to share in moments like these creates community and makes everyone feel included. AudioFetch is innovating solutions in assistive listening, and in 2020 we want to help more communities and loved ones #HearMoreTogether!

You can find AudioFetch devices all over America. Our Signature device has 56 inputs and has been helping patrons in sports bars hear every word of their favorite game, no matter how many TVs might be on. Our FetchExpress is a portable PA system perfect for transmitting single source audio over wifi helping church goers, tour guides and translators ensure their customers never miss a word. AudioFetch is already helping those who have hearing loss feel included and now we want to do even more with the AudioFetch #HearMoreTogether GIVEAWAY!

To kick things off this holiday season we want to gift one lucky community a FetchExpress assistive listening device! Simply post a photo or video of your community with #HearMoreTogether to Facebook or Instagram, and answer this question:

How would an AudioFetch system help you and your community #HearMoreTogether?

Be sure to follow us on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see when we announce the winner on December 24th!

We can’t wait to #HearMoretogether with you!

Official rules: https://www.audiofetch.com/hearmoretogether-giveaway-rules/

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Audio Solutions to Help Your House of Worship

By | Churches, Hearing Assistance | No Comments

Baby boomers represent about one-quarter of the American population and as they age, they may begin to experience hearing loss.  Along with that, approximately 5% of the total population experiences some type of hearing disability.  This makes it important for any religious organization to consider and anticipate their needs and give consideration to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), even if houses of worship are exempt from ADA requirements. Many houses of worship are looking for ways to leverage technology to make assistive listening and accessibility simpler, more effective, and less costly.  

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. Recent developments in hearing assistive technology however, can be a great solution both for houses of worship with tight budgets to assist parishioners experiencing hearing loss.  Some devices use BlueTooth technology, which allows the pairing of cell phones and hearing aids to assist the congregation in hearing the service directly without having to use a headset.  

Audio streaming solutions that use built in WiFi technology work similarly to BlueTooth. These assisted listening solutions for churches allow listeners to hear the service via an app on their own device (phone or tablet) using their own earbuds or headset which can be great for those who do not to wear a hearing aid but still need the audio boosted. By having guests bring their own device to use and listen, houses of worship can save the time and money that would otherwise be spent on upkeep of other audio solutions. For those who cannot afford a smartphone or iPad, some houses of worship have been sourcing inexpensive smartphones or asking parishioners to donate their old phones and iPads.  And, of course, people can borrow a phone during the service or share with another parishioner. 

Not only can a local audio streaming system allow your hearing impaired members to hear the service better, it also opens doors for other creative uses like offering translation services or creating an outdoor movie fundraiser. 

If you’d like more information on how an audio solution that streams over wifi could help transform your house of worship, contact us today. 

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Give the Gift of AudioFetch

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The holidays are upon us and already we’re seeing colorful lights and banners in the streets.  Tree lots are open and decorated trees are appearing in public places, office buildings, and other establishments.

This time of year is for gathering with others and for searching for the perfect gift. More people are traveling in groups, and not just to see family, but to see how people celebrate in other cities, countries, hemispheres.  They are meeting in restaurants and pubs to share a social time and watch sporting events together. Houses of worship fill for the pageants and glorious music. And people meet after work at the gym, encouraging each other to work off the extra calories from all the tempting food.

An audio streaming solution that transmits over wifi could be a great way for your business to contribute to the festivity, joy, and togetherness of the season. Read more about how an audio solution could be a great gift for your business this year…

TOUR GUIDES

In the hustle and bustle of people, tourists and locals visiting the sights, experiencing a different city or culture, you can be sure your clients can hear the history of the holiday season in your hometown, or your recommendations for shopping and dining with a wireless tour guide audio system.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Some of the best sports of the year take place during the holidays – especially all those “bowl” games.  You can give the gift of hearing to sports fans who want to not only share the game and shout at the refs, but hear the announcers as well with a multi-channel audio system that transmits different audio sources to an app on your customer’s smart phones. Help your guests hear TV at your sports bar or restaurant!

GYMS

It is always easier to exercise with friends.  Some people will be talking and laughing beside each other on the treadmills or want to watch TV, which is distracting to those needing to concentrate in order to keep motivated. For gym goers who want to listen to TV at the gym, an WiFi audio solution that transmits to your clients smartphones gives them what they want to hear without disturbing others.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

The music at this time of year can be powerful and moving.  It can provoke sentiment or just be fun. If your church is presenting a Christmas pageant, you can be sure that all the parents want to hear their children say their simple lines. Not only that, messages of glad tiding offer inspiration to those who tend to make a special trip to worship at this time of year. Make sure every note and every word can be heard using a hearing assistive system that is simple and budget friendly.

AudioFetch has customizable audio solutions that could be the perfect gift to upgrade your business this holiday season. Enjoy 10% off and a complimentary 12 pack of headphones when you order in December! Contact us today.

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How to Help the Hard of Hearing at Church this Holiday

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The messages given at holiday services are special and thematic.  It is especially important that the sermon be heard plainly by everyone, including any new guests who may like to return throughout the year.  Your house of worship may be wondering, how can we help hard-of-hearing patrons in church?

Because there are more people in attendance, there is also a lot more ambient noise with people shuffling feet or moving around on their seats, coughing and sneezing, children talking and being shushed.  Even for people without hearing loss, this makes it hard to hear the speakers making announcements and the minister preaching a sermon. For people who do have hearing impairment it becomes even more challenging to pay attention if they are missing every other word.

Aging adults and the hearing impaired may find it disappointing when they can’t fully engage in church services. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that about 15% of adults of all ages and backgrounds have degrees of hearing loss or trouble hearing. In fact, NIDCD estimated that 28.8 million adults in the U.S. might benefit from using hearing aids. Your house of worship could achieve the ability to amplify sound to elder or hearing impaired members without disturbing the experience of your other members by using assistive listening devices for churches that transmit audio directly to a smartphone.

You may also have parishioners attending holiday services whose first language is not English and who wish to understand everything that is said.  You may choose to have a translator. This way, all parishioners are together to enjoy the special service and understand it. An audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to a user’s smartphone, can offer a house of worship the opportunity to offer translation of the service into one language without disturbing the other congregation members who speak the other language.

It’s easy to overcome these issues and allow everyone to adequately hear these special holiday services and offer translation by using a streaming audio system from AudioFetch. Contact us to find out more about how you can more easily reach the ears of your entire congregation.

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The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GIVEAWAY!

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AudioFetch is the absolute best platform for providing local audio over WiFi to smartphones and tablets across any application. The Fetch-family of products are employed in fitness centers, sports bars, restaurants, churches, universities, lecture halls, theaters, tour companies, airports, correctional facilities, community centers, casinos, auctions and more. Our solutions are easy to install and stream audio to your customers smart phones, so you get to avoid upkeep and tracking of clunky equipment.

Embrace the “bring your own device” (BYOD) culture, by allowing your customers to use their smartphones for hearing assistance, access to multilingual content, audio descriptions or any live voice audio.

Whether you’re a tour company, church, educational facility, theater or any other type of venue, we want to help your guests hear better. Now through September 30th, we’re giving away a free AudioFetch FetchExpress system to four lucky winners! Just enter your business information for a chance to win!

To give you an idea of some of the creative ways an audio streaming solution could help improve your business here are 4 of our top blogs to offer inspiration…

Enter the Bring Your Own Device Giveaway today!

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The Benefits of a Personal PA System

By | Business, Churches, Dining, Education, Fashion, Fitness Centers, Hearing Assistance, Music, Restaurants, Sports Bars, streaming, Tour Guides, Waiting Rooms | No Comments

Whether you’re a factory manager, a tour guide, a minister or a sports bar manager, you understand the importance of keeping your people happy. Information is today’s currency, and there is so much of it, coming so quickly, that being able to convey and understand critical information is of top importance.

Communication is essential, whether between your business and employees, or your clientele. This can mean different things depending on your business; saving time, eliminating distractions or simply providing an impeccable experience. Whatever your goals are, an audio streaming solution could help you get there faster.

Have you ever presented at a business conference in a cavernous lecture hall or noisy convention center? How much time is spent trying to get the microphone or AV system working and repeating Q&A responses so that people in every corner of the room can hear? What if you could take advantage of smart phone technology, and everyone could stream audio from your presentation in real-time? You wouldn’t be competing with conversation in the back of the room, noise from the hall, or general din of a busy convention center. Your presentation just became more productive and efficient.

Maybe you’re expanding your business and need to train employees at your new location, but last-minute installation and finishing are still going on. If you used a personal PA system with built in wifi, your new team could follow you around the store, warehouse, or office without worrying about the distraction or disruption of the other work going on. Your employees will be trained in less time, saving you money.

Construction sites and factory floors are notoriously loud. Bring in new people or guide investors around the site and have a productive conversation despite all that’s going on. You will know they aren’t missing any of the important points.

Maybe you work with the public – education, fitness instruction, giving tours at a local museum or botanical garden, auctioneering, hosting book club at the library, guiding field trips through a nature preserve or historical site. Streaming your instruction with a wireless audio guide system will give your students and clients a better, deeper experience without interrupting or distracting others, and maybe even save your voice.

Does your church serve the hearing impaired? Let them listen in real-time with personal PA technology. Do you have a cry room or nursery separate from the sanctuary? Mothers and caretakers can keep up on the sermon without waking the babies. You can tend your flock in a way that meets their needs.

Additionally, you’re not limited to streaming your own voice. Maybe your business or agency would benefit from streaming music, or pertinent content. Anxious patients in the waiting room? They can stream soothing music. Bored citizens waiting for their number at the DMV? Offer audio from TVs mounted throughout the room, or a review of traffic laws while they wait.

Perhaps you want to provide some of the benefits of music to your employees, without allowing a free-for-all when it comes to internet streaming. This technology can offer a variety of options, pre-selected by you or your management team.

If this is something that would help your business increase productivity and efficiency, or create happier, more satisfied clients, Fetch Express is one option to consider. Contact us at AudioFetch for more information.

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Is Audio Streaming Right for Your House of Worship?

By | Uncategorized, Churches, Hearing Assistance, streaming | No Comments

A house of worship should be a place that brings people from all walks of life together for fellowship. With young and old, bilingual speakers and various disabilities all coming together in one space, a house of worship needs solutions to help meet its congregation’s audio needs. It used to be that adding assistive listening devices for churches wasn’t worth the trouble; programming changes and ongoing upkeep made it an expensive and burdensome addition. But modern solutions are able to eliminate all of that and leverage existing technology that works for everyone.

Here are a few of the reasons why a hearing assistive system could be a God-send for your house of worship:

Replaces Outdated Equipment

With a solution that transmits to users’ smartphones, you no longer need to provide all of the hardware to make it work. In the past, the place of worship was responsible for the upkeep and distribution of the end-user components. Now you can simply plug in the portable pa system, connect to existing WiFi or use the integrated WiFi, and congregants can instantly use their smartphones or tablets to access the wireless hearing assistive services without additional expense to your church.

More Hygienic Solution

Since the users have their own personal device–smartphones or tablets–you no longer have to collect, clean the equipment and replace dead batteries. Plus, units won’t fail and require replacement because of ordinary wear and tear. This saves time and money which could be put to better uses in the community.

Scales as You Need

Since everyone uses their own device, the house of worship won’t need to worry about not having enough equipment to meet the needs of the attendees. Each person uses his or her own phone or tablet, which permits the system to support a handful or a full house without issue.

No longer will you have to qualify a user as a means of rationing equipment, and members don’t have to worry about the stigma of using a bulky hearing assitve device. Everyone can choose to use the system or not, discreetly and at their leisure. And if there are members who want to use the product, but don’t have access to a cell phone, you can always suggest that other members donate their old phones for this purpose.

Expand the Service Without Expensive Infrastructure

With an audio streaming solution, you can expand to many different locations, such as overflow areas or nurseries, without expensive system add-ons. This ensures that members can be a part of the service, no matter what they are called to do within the house of worship. It can also serve as both a hearing assistive product and an audio distribution system, allowing use of areas in conjunction with the central worship area that provide even more space for growth.

With a wireless hearing device, you can get a simple, affordable audio streaming solution that helps members with hearing disabilities, provides language translation services and connects members in other areas of the building so that all can enjoy the service. Your congregation will never miss the good word!

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How Audio Streaming Works

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We’ve all been there. You’re out at your favorite restaurant and whether it’s the big game or some breaking news, you want to tune in and hear the experience. This can be difficult with all the noise in a busy establishment. Streaming local audio over wifi directly solves this issue by allowing your patrons to easily connect their personal devices to the source. Patrons have their choice of volume, channel, and can easily catch all the action at their choosing.

How Audio Streaming Works

Streaming is basically taking an audio or video source and broadcasting it out. The content must be sampled then encoded. In the case of streaming local audio over WiFi, the stream is encoded into WiFi packets.

How AudioFetch Streaming Works

The AudioFetch platform is a designed specifically for very fast sampling and encoding of audio to be distributed over WiFi networks.  To this end, there is a dedicated audio processor for each audio source.  The For business owners, this well thought out design results in a a simple “plug-and-play” process!

Plug: First, you connect the audio source to the AudioFetch system you’re using. It could be a television, satellite, cable or IPTV input if using the traditional multiple-channel AudioFetch system, or a microphone if using the portable, single-channel FetchExpress. Note that AudioFetch provides 3 different audio connection issues to ensure your sources connect today and in the future.  Next, you connect the AudioFetch system to the wireless internet router via the Ethernet jack.

And Play: Once connected to both the source and the WiFi, the AudioFetch system automatically broadcasts audio from the source through the local WiFi network.

Users that have downloaded the free AudioFetch app and are connected to the local WiFi simply launch the  App and the audio automatically is streamed on their smartphone or tablet.

How AudioFetch Audio Streaming Over WiFi Works

Learn more about how AudioFetch works.

Local audio streaming is an extremely effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. They’ll be happy that they can choose what they want to hear and view.  THose that don’t want to hear are grateful for the lack of noise pollution. For more information on how AudioFetch can work for you, contact us today.

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