Krannert Center’s new assisted listening system to benefit patrons with hearing loss

Alec LaBau, the assistant director of audio at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, shows the equipment that will pick up an audio signal from the center’s new assisted listening system. A patron can plug a headset into the pack or attach it to a loop receiver to wirelessly transmit an audio signal to a hearing aid. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — People with hearing loss will find it easier to enjoy a concert, play or dance performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Krannert Center recently installed a new assisted listening system in all its theaters and its lobby, replacing a failing and unreliable system.

The new system works on an FM radio signal. Patrons can check out a small, lightweight pack that will pick up the signal from the theater for their event after they select the name of the theater on the pack’s display screen. They can plug a headset into the pack to listen or attach the pack to a loop receiver that wirelessly transmits the signal to a hearing aid.

“It’s a really simple and user-friendly system,” said Alec LaBau, Krannert Center’s assistant director of audio.

Editor’s note: For more information, contact Bridget Lee-Calfas at blkee@illinois.edu.

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Krannert Center’s new assisted listening system to benefit patrons with hearing loss
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Krannert Center’s new assisted listening system to benefit patrons with hearing loss
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — People with hearing loss will find it easier to enjoy a concert, play or dance performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.