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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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The Benefits of Live Translation via Assistive Listening Devices

By | Translation, Education, Theater | No Comments

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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3 Ways AudioFetch Can Help You #HearMoreTogether

By | Hearing Assistance, Churches, Education, Sports Bars, Stadiums | No Comments

Sound brings communities together. At AudioFetch, our #HearMoreTogether campaign is designed to raise awareness about hearing loss and excessive noise. When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, it can feel very isolating. Our assistive listening devices promote a stronger sense of community by ensuring that everyone can hear more, together.

To help you #HearMoreTogether, we’re giving one lucky community a FetchExpress assistive listening device. To be entered to win, get your community together and post a photo or video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #HearMoreTogether and answer this question in the caption: How would an AudioFetch system help you and your community #HearMoreTogether?

Need some inspiration? Here are 3 ways AudioFetch can help you and your community:

1. Hear Clearly at Houses of Worship

For many people, especially older adults, their primary community is a house of worship. Members come to be inspired by faith and often stay to socialize after the services. That’s why it’s so important for these spaces to be accessible.

If your church, synagogue, or mosque has an aging population that’s experiencing hearing loss, an assistive listening device will help you #HearMoreTogether. These devices also help houses of worship like Chet’s Creek Church use translation services to reach a wider audience.

2. Cut Through the Noise at Arenas and Sports Bars

Whether it’s an arena or a bar, most sporting venues invest in high performance audio, such as a theater sound system. Why not enhance your system with a stadium listening system or sports bar sound system? Although nothing beats the thrill of a cheering crowd, the noise levels at a game can be distracting or even damaging.

With AudioFetch, fans will #HearMoreTogether by plugging into an assistive listening device that cuts through the noise by streaming audio over wifi. Venues like Cavu Brewing use AudioFetch so you can hear the game as clearly as you would at home, while still enjoying the camaraderie of a sports bar. Go team!

3. Listen to Lectures at Universities and Community Schools

Universities and community schools benefit from assistive listening devices and education sound systems, too. After all, it’s hard to learn when you have difficulty hearing. AudioFetch helps students and faculty #HearMoreTogether by incorporating wireless audio streaming into the classroom, lecture hall or auditorium.

Educational institutions such as Barry University use AudioFetch to make their campus accessible to students with hearing loss and hearing impairment. This allows them to make sure all students feel welcome in their community.

#HearMoreTogether with AudioFetch

These are just a few examples of the ways AudioFetch can help your community. Now we want to hear from you! Share your ideas on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #HearMoreTogether! Learn more about the giveaway here.

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch could help your venue, contact us today!

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#HearMoreTogether!

By | Hearing Assistance, General | No Comments

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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Game Day: Should You Watch at The Stadium or a Sports Bar?

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Fall is finally here! Turning leaves remind us we’ll soon be with loved ones eating pumpkin pie and cheering for our favorite sports team. Whether at home, at a bar or live at the stadium, watching sports in a group has been proven to have important health benefits

“We know that people live longer and recover more quickly from an illness when they have strong cases of social support,” says William Wiener Phd. “If you have a group of people you watch a game with consistently who offer support when you are down, it does lead to longevity and can keep you active and engaged and alive longer.”

Watching sports in a group also keeps your mind active. Research by  the University of Chicago shows that a region of the brain usually associated with planning and controlling actions is activated when fans listen to conversations about their favorite sport. 

Additionally, the reason that we enjoy watching sports in groups is because of our memories.  NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam says, “We connect with sports teams through family, through our parents taking us to ballgames, and that’s why following a sports team feels so intense because it’s tied up in these family loyalties.” 

And none of these benefits even include the fun of putting on the t-shirt of our favorite players and our game-day face paint before meeting up at the local sports bar or heading to the stadium for a tail-gate party. But which is the better location to watch the game? 

Many would answer that question by saying it’s obviously the stadium. The energy of the crowd, the live action, and the opportunity to do “the wave,” among other things, make attending a live sporting event exhilarating. 

Stadiums are exciting, but also very noisy. Cheering fans, thundering applause, thumping music, hollering vendors, blaring horns can all make it pretty hard to hear the play-by-play. Unless the stadium has an assistive listening solution, you might be better off watching at a bar. With an assistive listening solution for stadiums streaming the play-by-play directly to your smartphone you still get to hear every part of the game no matter how rowdy it gets.  

However, watching your favorite sports team with a group of friends (or even strangers) at a local sports bar is like your own private viewing party. Watching on a TV gives you the advantage of seeing replays and gives you the ideal bird’s-eye view of the action. 

But what happens when there are multiple games on multiple televisions at once? 

Having the volume up on all them would be awful. With the sound off, you miss even more than you might at a stadium, unless the bar has an audio streaming solution that streams audio directly to your device. With a local audio streaming solution you can choose which TV to tune into using the app that receives the sound from a transmitter connected to each of the televisions. So you can have your beer and drink it, too. 

The whole point of getting together for a game is to actually watch the action and hear it even among the noise and excitement of everyone around you.  With AudioFetch’s bar TV app that streams the game audio to smartphones or tablets, you’ll get all the health benefits of watching the game in a group, and you won’t miss a single play, replay or stat. To learn more, contact us today!

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How to Listen to TV at Life Time Fitness with AudioFetch

By | Fitness Centers | No Comments

You’ve just finished all the Halloween candy, and now here comes Thanksgiving with that big turkey dinner and all those tempting desserts.  After that, you face the stress of getting ready for Christmas. What do you get for Aunt Edna and Uncle George?  

There’s food everywhere this time of year.  Brownies on every reception desk, triple layer dip in the office kitchen, the office party, private parties and Christmas dinner. The holidays can be packed with calories and stress, but our client Life Time Fitness, knows that the number one way to relieve stress is exercise. It lowers stress hormones, improves your ability to sleep, and boosts your sense of competence. 

Listening to music can be soothing and stress-relieving, and it lowers blood pressure. Watching your favorite sitcom or sports team on television can be a great way to pass the time on an elliptical or as a distraction between weight lifting sets (and watching sports is good for your health, too). Not only will you be entertained, but you can set your workout time limit by the length of the program. 

Many national gyms have equipment with small TVs mounted on them – Stair Masters, ARC Trainer, spin bikes, treadmills, ellipticals – so members can watch TV when they use those machines. Eventually though, members move to the gym floor or a different machine, and then their only option is to read closed captioning, or listen to music on their own device with earbuds. What happens when they want to hear what’s on the television at the gym? Even if they could turn it up, they’d still have to deal with all the noise of everyone working out all around them. 

When members of Life Time Fitness wanted to figure out how to watch TV at the gym, the gym decided to install AudioFetch, a gym audio streaming solution. AudioFetch allows members of Life Time Fitness to listen and watch the television program of their choice simply by tuning in via the AudioFetch app on their device. 

AudioFetch is able to broadcast up to 512 inputs of wireless audio options and the no-hassle phone app is simple to use. AudioFetch transmits the audio over local WiFi, so every member of Life Time Fitness clubs offering this amenity can hear what they want wherever they are in the facility. And Life Time Fitness is able to customize the AudioFetch app to match their branding and include important promotions, ads and specials, further enhancing the gym members’ experience and driving more sales. 

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can improve the experience of your gym or fitness center’s members, contact us today for more information.

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Why You’ll Love Traveling by Train

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Many of us are more than familiar with the hassles of air travel. Having to arrive 2 hours early,  baggage limits, terrible food, and airline travel isn’t exactly a bargain. What if you could avoid all those headaches and still get where you wanted to go at the same for a lower price? That’s just one of the great reasons why train travel could be a great option. Here are 3 more reasons train travel could be a part of your next vacation or work trip.

LOW STRESS:

Train travel is relaxing travel. To start, you don’t have to arrive until about a half hour before the train is due to depart. Since there’s no TSA there won’t be any lines to wait in or x-ray machines.  Not only that, but a porter will be there to help you load your luggage. Amtrak allows you to bring two carry-ons and two checked bags, so no need to worry about cramming everything into that one carry on like you do when you fly.  On a train, you’ll never contend with the fasten seatbelt sign. When you want to stretch your legs you can walk the aisle without having to maneuver around a cart. 

THE FOOD

On some trains, there could be a cart that serves hot drinks and snacks. However, when you are truly ready for a meal, you don’t have to wait for a flight attendant to come by with a sandwich and grapes. Instead, you go to the dining car and order from a menu at a proper table. You won’t be trying not to elbow elbow your seatmate and you might even make new friends.  The food is cooked right there on the train by a chef and is generally very good. The best part is, if you happen to spill something all over yourself, you can take a shower. 

COMFORT

In addition to amenities like full bathrooms with showers, many trains offer roomy seats and overnight compartments where you can relax in privacy. Just for comparison, your seat in Economy Class on any airline is 17-1/2 inches wide and the seat in front of you is about 8 inches away from the edge of your seat. Your seat on a train is 20-1/2 inches wide and it reclines. Plus, when it reclines a leg rest pops up.  You can sleep in your seat, read, meet other travelers, or just look out the large windows and watch the countryside pass by.  Since you aren’t flying over it or zooming past it like you would in a car, a train is the perfect way to see and learn about the places you are traveling through. 

ENTERTAINMENT

Train travel is for the true adventurer.  For people who like to explore, learn new things, and meet new people.  There are no movies or television, but if you really, really must have digital entertainment, bring along your tablet because trains generally have wifi.  But the best part of train travel is seeing something new, and if the train offers local streaming of audio over their WiFi, you can use your own device to learn about what you are seeing through the window.  And talk to your family or your seatmates about it.  

If you’re thinking about traveling this fall, consider making it a train trip. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

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Audio Solutions to Help Your House of Worship

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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.