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5 Predictions for Wireless Audio Streaming in 2022

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As A/V technologies grow more advanced and consumers become more reliant on their smartphone devices, we expect the field of local audio over WiFi to continue growing in the new year. Below are our 5 predictions for wireless audio streaming in 2022.

1. Increased Focus on Accessibility 

If there is one positive thing to come out of the past two years it’s that we have all become more aware of the health challenges and disabilities of others. That includes individuals with hearing impairments. 

This spotlight on hearing has lead to a focus on providing more and better accessibility options in theaters and churches. We predict this focus will continue to grow in 2022, with even more businesses and organizations using audio over WiFi for hearing assistance. The venues we anticipate will grow the most are schools and universities, hospitals and conferences and convention centers.

2. Social Distancing Will Still Be Important

No, unfortunately, we are not yet done with social distancing. As new variants continue to spread throughout the word (and there will be more no doubt, Omicron is not the final one), we’re going to have to continue maintaining safer distances in certain public establishments and spaces.

Wireless audio streaming is a simple, flexible and affordable way to permit social distancing, while allowing businesses to stay open and provide entrainment options. Expect this to continue throughout most if not all of 2022.

3. New Applications Will Be Discovered

We get calls from folks all the time that want to know, “Will AudioFetch work for X?” or “Can I use AudioFetch for Y?” And 99.9% of the time, our answer is yes! 

AudioFetch is so flexible, so simple and so affordable, there are near-infinite uses. We could never rattled them all off or list them all on our site. Heck, we haven’t even thought of some of them! But if it has to do with helping people hear better in public venues or at home, AudioFetch can probably help! 

Take Itchy-O for example, a 57-member avant-garde marching band and performance music group based in Denver, CO. The Itchy-O band leader uses AudioFetch to communicate with the other members as they dance throughout the crowd during their performances. We certainly couldn’t have imagined this application, but what a cool use and perfectly suited use for AudioFetch! 

4. More Businesses Using Wireless Audio Distribution

Interest in using AudioFetch for wireless audio distribution has grow significantly in the past couple years as businesses look for more flexible and affordable audio solutions that meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy consumer. AudioFetch has replaced the existing wireless audio distribution system for a music festival and race track, and we expect to see even more businesses using AudioFetch in this way in 2022. 

5. Continued Interest in Home Entertainment Options

We’ve all spent a lot of time at home these past couple years. And while there were certainly times when the cabin fever seemed unbearable and we would have rather been ANYWHERE else on the planet, collectively, we have all learned how to be at home more, and some folks even now prefer it.

Just because we’re staying home more, however, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be entertained. This is clear when you look at all the home-focused technology to come out of CES this year. We especially loved Samsung’s The FreeStyle projector that would be perfect for hosting outdoor movie nights with AudioFetch Home as the audio solution! 

We are choosing to stay positive and have an optimistic outlook for 2022. We look forward to working with even more large franchises, mom and pop businesses and individuals to help more people hear better in both commercial and residential spaces. 

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AudioFetch Continues Global Expansion with New Customers in 12 Countries

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Leading Audio Over WiFi Technology is Now Available at More Locations in the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic and More

AudioFetch, a leader in audio over WiFi technology for audio entertainment, hearing assistance and translation services, has begun working with new customers in 12 more countries over the past 6 months..

“We started AudioFetch with one goal in mind — to help people hear better,” said Tim DePumpo, CEO of AudioFetch. “It is a simple goal that can have a big impact in people’s lives and the community, and we’re proud to be offering this assistance to more locations across the world every day.” 

The new customers are from a variety of industries–open air concerts, drive-in theaters, luxury resorts, touring farms, churches, fitness centers and audio-visual dealers–showcasing the flexible and diverse appeal of AudioFetch solutions. A few of the new AudioFetch customers include:

  • Clearasound – Thornleigh, New South Wales 
  • Digital Arts Resource Centre – Ottawa, Canada
  • Equinox – Vancouver, Canada
  • Truth Church – Calgary, Canada
  • Ville De Sainte-Catherine – Quebec City, Canada
  • Apostolska cirkev – Brno, Czech Republic
  • Loe Studios – Marl, Germany
  • Hidden Jams – Turin, Italy
  • Sics System AS – Kristiansand, Norway
  • Enigma Virtual / Gema Digital – Porto, Portugal
  • Fit4Life – Barcelona, Spain
  • Viking Sat Satsonic – Ostersund, Sweden
  • Popup Cinema Hire – Derby, UK
  • The Bell Inn – Bath, UK
  • Langridge Court Farm – Bath, UK

Today, AudioFetch customers can be found in more than 23 countries around the world at 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 and many more. The flexibility, efficiency and affordability of AudioFetch wireless streaming devices make them an ideal solution for any type of business wanting to give their guests a better experience. 

“The technology is so versatile and universally-applicable, we often have customers coming to us with applications we hadn’t even thought of, but that are a perfect fit,” DePumpo added. “It’s exciting to help these new businesses solve their problems, and work with them to create a more unique, enjoyable and welcoming environment.“

If you’d like to offer hearing assistance, audio entertainment or live translations services at your establishment, we’re here to help! Call us at 844-HI-FETCH or schedule an appointment at your convenience.

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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.

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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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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Addressing the Issue of Hearing Loss

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Before installing an audio streaming solution to help your customers hear the audio they want, it’s important to be educated about the effects of hearing loss. Of the five human senses, hearing is the one that allows people to communicate with friends, family and coworkers and to enjoy entertainment. When we hear well it is a blessing, yet astonishingly, 1 in every 8 people over the age of 12 in the US has hearing loss in both ears. Age is a factor in hearing loss, particularly for people over 60, and men in that age group are twice as likely to suffer severe hearing loss as women.  

Hearing problems have significant effects on a person’s social life and sense of well being. Imagine the college student that can’t find a seat at the front of that huge classroom to hear the professor, or the parent attending their child’s school play, or one of your buddies who has joined you at the local pub to enjoy game day. Some people aren’t even aware that they have suffered hearing loss and when they do find out, it is very difficult to admit to others.  Oftentimes, people are reluctant to wear a hearing aid–afraid of the stigma or perception associated with them–which is why those with hearing loss can feel isolated.

Recognizing this chronic problem, some theaters such as Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, are now offering open-captioned films for hearing impaired moviegoers.  While captioning is helpful in a movie theater, it’s not available for other group entertainment – concerts, speeches, rallies, lectures, plays, sports games, etc.  In those instances, WiFi audio streaming system would be more helpful.

Offering your hearing-impaired customers a solution that streams audio over WiFi to their cell phone provides a discreet and helpful way for them to hear what they want wherever they may be. If you’d like to learn more about audio solutions from AudioFetch, contact us!

Helping Students & Faculty Hear Better

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From class trips to translation services to emergency action plans, there are plenty of creative uses for an audio streaming solution from AudioFetch. Check out these education applications to gain some insight into the ways an AudioFetch product could improve the experience of your students and faculty.

3 REASONS TO ADD AUDIOFETCH TO YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS

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A college campus is a vibrant place of learning, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  The atmosphere is ripe with growth and learning, and the technology available on campus for various activities is a great opportunity to inspire students and faculty alike. An audio solution that transmits audio over wifi could be a great addition to any higher education audio-visual department and opens up some creative opportunities to enhance the experience of everyone on campus.

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5 INSPIRING WAYS TO TEACH WITH A PORTABLE PA SYSTEM

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As all teachers know, managing a classroom is difficult. It takes skill and effort to wrangle and direct a large group of students; sometimes, it might just seem entirely overwhelming. However, more and more teachers are embracing technology to keep students on task and engaged. Some have found success and inspiration from using a portable PA system for teachers. Here are 5 creative ways you can use a portable PA system with your students.

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AUDIO STREAMING COULD SAVE LIVES IN AN EMERGENCY

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Hearing assistive streaming devices are an effective and useful alternate solution for efficient communication. In the event of an emergency, a communication system that streams audio over wifi can reach everyone in harm’s way through their smartphone via WiFi.  A password protected WiFi network can provide secure communications

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An AudioFetch education sound system that streams over wifi could solve so many on campus challenges and be a great addition to the student and community experience.  If you would like to know more about our audio streaming solutions, 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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Make it About the Tour, Not the Headset

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Imagine you’ve scheduled a tour at a museum and you want to make sure all your patrons can hear you talk about the artwork, the building and history without disturbing the other museum guests. Maybe you’re thinking of trying out one of those wireless tour guide headsets that you wear over your ear while your guests carry a receiver like fanny pack.  What happens if suddenly 3 patrons can’t hear because the batteries have died? All you have to do is stop the tour while you change the batteries (hopefully you brought enough with you), and then restart where you left off and hope you didn’t leave anything out.

Perhaps you’ve planned a great walking tour in Brooklyn or Hollywood or another major city and you need a way to be heard over passing traffic.  If you are using a wireless tour guide headset and someone drops their receiver the tour is disrupted while you set the patron up with a new headset (hope you brought an extra), and then there is the replacement expense for you.

Perhaps you have taken guests from a cruise ship into the port town to give them a first-hand experience at the market – there’s a lot of noise while you guide your guests to the best places to shop and eat.  You use wireless headsets, nothing goes wrong, but when you return to the ship, you have to clean the equipment thoroughly (and hope they were all returned).

Your tour business should be focused on all the interesting information that you want to share, not the maintenance of out-dated headsets.  There is a simpler and more economical solution for tour guides: a wireless tour guide system that streams audio on-the-go directly to your customers’ smart devices.  Many of these systems have have built-in wifi that allows tour groups to hear better through their own smartphones and tablets without distractions or distracting others. That means better quality sound and no added expense or maintenance for you!

Ready to upgrade your tour offering with a personal PA system? The AudioFetch FetchExpress is now available for sale directly from our website. Contact us today for questions or more information.

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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.