New York (October 6, 2006)–Crafton-Preyer Theater on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence recently installed an assistive listening system. Alex Weston, the theater’s stage manager, says the Sennheiser IR (infrared)-based assistive listening system has so improved the quality of sound for arts patrons with hearing difficulties that the hearing-impaired may be the theater’s single fastest growing constituency.
“Ever since a patron wrote a letter to the editor of our local newspaper raving about the quality of our new assistive listening capabilities, most of the available assistive-listening headsets are checked out for every performance,” Weston said. “In fact, we’re getting so many responses from people who don’t typically use hearing augmentation devices that we’re in the process of trying to secure more and figure out how to expand the system’s reach and coverage.”
Regardles, the Sennheiser system beats the old FM wireless system the theater used to distribute augmented audio to listening devices for the hearing impaired. Consisting of four fixed-location, and two variable-location Sennheiser SZI-1015 IR emitter panels; an SI-1015 IR modulator; 20 Sennheiser RI 250-J stethoset receivers and three inductive loop style receivers are used to bring the theatre to everyone. The systen was provided by Kansas City-based audio systems integrator Soundcom