HLAA is a membership organization that offers a wide range of tools, information, publications and events to help people with hearing loss live life fully and without compromise. More information
Hearing loops improve the movie and theater experience for people with hearing loss. A hearing loop is a copper wire placed within a venue and connected to the audio system. Clear, customizable sound is sent directly to hearing aids fitted with telecoils (ask us about telecoils). The Flynn C enter for the Performing Arts in Burlington is fitted with a hearing loop. More information.
Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE)
LACE is like physical therapy for your ears. LACE training teaches your brain to understand speech up to 40% better in difficult situations such as noisy restaurants, when several people are speaking at once or where someone is speaking rapidly. More information.
SoundPrint is an iPhone app for recording and reviewing noise levels in bars and restaurants. Looking for a quiet place to eat out? Download the SoundPrint app and search local restaurants. Then when you’re dining out, use SoundPrint to record noise levels and help build the SoundPrint database. More information.
Assisted Listening Devices at Cinemas
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cinemas are required to offer Assisted Listening Devices for patrons with hearing loss. Local cinemas offer captioning devices (personal monitors with text displays that are attached to cup holders) and wireless headsets that amplify the sound. Ask for them when buying your movie tickets.
Open Captions at Cinemas
Movies and TV shows on Netflix, iTunes, Prime Video, and so on, are available with sub-titles, simply by changing the setting in your TV. The same service, known as open captions, is also available in cinemas, but is typically offered only for foreign language films. Many people with hearing loss prefer open captions to Assisted Listening Devices. Let’s start asking for open caption screenings when we go to the movies.
Caption Call for Telephones
Do you have trouble hearing what’s being said on phone calls? Caption Call quickly provides written captions of what callers say on a large, easy to read screen. It works like a regular telephone and the service is free. More information.