Generous Equipment Donation from New Audiology Practice Expands the State Theater's Ability to Draw the Traverse City Community Closer Together

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Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan, an audiology practice newly formed by doctors of audiology, Sandra Leahy and Kathleen Sawhill, has donated an Induction Loop System to Traverse City's landmark cinema, the State Theater.

Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan, an audiology practice newly formed by doctors of audiology, Sandra Leahy and Kathleen Sawhill, has donated an Induction Loop System to Traverse City's landmark cinema, the State Theater.

The equipment, a Contacta InfoLoop induction loop system, provides the gift of clearer, more audible sound in public arenas for the hard of hearing. Traditionally, those with hearing impairments struggle to hear clearly in public settings as background noises, voices and other noises mix together and often drown out the sounds of the concert, presentation or movie they came to enjoy.

The loop system significantly reduces background noise, making listening clearer and easier.

"We want the hard of hearing in our area to be able to truly enjoy the cinematic arts and join their friends and neighbors in one of the central hubs in our community," said Dr. Leahy, "by offering this loop system to the State Theater, we hope that all people of the community can hear and enjoy the cinematic arts."

With the loop system, the movie's sound is transmitted directly to hearing aids equipped with a telecoil (telephone program/switch). State Theater goers wearing such devices are able to listen to the movie (or presentation) by switching their hearing aid to its telephone program.

The system will be installed in time for the 4th Annual Traverse City Film Festival hosted by the State Theater.

The State Theater began in 1916 and is a staple within the Traverse City community. It runs thanks to volunteers, grants and donations from several businesses and independent philanthropists.

"The State Theater embodies generosity in this area," said Dr. Sawhill. "In the spirit of community giving; we are thrilled to be able to donate this system as a means of assisting those with hearing impairment while expanding the theaters ability to bring the community closer together."

Not only does this loop system increase enjoyment for the hearing impaired, it also meets requirements set in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 as well as public safety regulations.

Note that at his time the system is only available on the main floor (not the balcony). The system also includes four portable headsets for people who are hearing impaired yet do not have hearing aids equipped with a telecoil.

More information about Induction Loop Systems can be found at: http://www.hearingloop.org

More information about telecoil equipped hearing aids and answers to questions about induction loop compatibility with existing hearing aids can be provided by Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan (231)922-1500.

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