ASSISTIVE DEVICES AT "LIVE"THEATERS

Assistive Listening Devices available around the Rochester, NY Region include:

  • FM Radio Transmission. The sounds of the production are transmitted by FM radio signal to a receiving unit worn on the body which is connected to the ear by an ear-piece.

  • Sometimes the receiving unit can be connected to hearing aids which have T Coils via a neck loop or a silhouette coil. If you don’t know if your hearing aids have a T Coil check with your hearing aid provider.

  • Infra-Red Transmission. The sounds of the production are transmitted line-of sight by infra-red transmitters to a receiving unit worn on the body which is connected to the ear by an ear-piece, or by an ear-borne receiving device.

  • Induction Loop. The sounds of the production are transmitted by an electromagnetic signal which are received by the T Coil of a hearing aid or by a receiving unit worn on the body and connected to the ear by an ear-piece.

  • These devices are available for all performances by asking an usher who will direct you to the pick-up location. The sound heard through these devices is excellent. There is no charge to use these devices, but you may be asked to leave your driver’s license as security.​​

  • To learn more about assistive devices, visit the Rochester HLAA Assistive Listening Demonstration Device Center located at Lifespan in Loehmann’s Plaza in Brighton.* 

*The Third Thursday of the month Sept-June 10 AM-2PM 
1900 Clinton Ave S, Rochester, NY 14618.  Phone: 585-244-8400 

Below is advanced information. It is easy to become confused about how to use each system. Speak with the usher at an event, or discuss with your audiologist, visit our Assisitive Device Demonstration Center (hours above) or C ontact our Rochester HLAA Chapter.​​

FM System receivers. Hearing users (or users without a telecoil) will need  a headset and receiver. Users of hearing aids with telecoils will need a neckloop and the receiver.

A neckloop. People with hearing aids/cochlear implants will need a neckloop to plug into an FM or Infrared reciever. People without hearing aids will need a receiver and headset (earphones/ear buds).

No neckloop is needed when using a hearing loop system, just activate the telecoil on your aids/implant!

 Infrared "stethophone" receiver. Hearing users (or users without a telecoil) will need just the receiver. Users with hearing aids with telecoils will need a neckloop and the receiver.

A Hearing Loop installed in the perimeter of a room.

 A hearing loop receiver with a headset. (Neither a loop receiver nor a headset is needed for those with a telecoil in their hearing aids or Cochlear Implant.)