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"See" With Your Ears Using Audio Description

blog-hot-rod-hundleyI have fond memories of listening to “Hot Rod” Hundley calling the play-by-play for the Utah Jazz. It used to be that not many Utah Jazz games were televised and you were forced to rely on the audio description provided by Hot Rod on the radio. In many ways, the audio description of the event was even better than being there live. Hot Rod had some interesting and unforgettable terms like “Leapin’ leaner”; “Hippity-hop” and “Good if it goes!” I’d almost call that “high definition” play-by-play.
 
In the United States alone, there are over 1 million people with visual impairment that cannot watch the Utah Jazz play even if the game was broadcast. There are countless events that visually impaired individuals have difficulty enjoying because they cannot “see.” Wouldn’t it be great if Hot Rod could provide the play-by-play for these events?
 
Thanks to a technology called “audio description” there are more and more places that provide a play-by-play call just like Hot Rod. This video explains it well.
 

 
Here’s a video that shows the difference between experiencing a video with and without audio description.

 

There are a growing number of first run movies and DVDs that have audio description. This link provides a listing that is updated on a regular basis. http://www.adinternational.org/movies.html

And audio description isn’t just for movies; there are a growing number of venues providing audio description. 
If you go to a Disney theme park for example, they have a device that you wear for audio description. It describes visual elements such as actions, settings and schene changes and works with existing show audio at specific theme park attractions. 
 
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So as you ride “It’s a small world after all” you’ll hear what you cannot see. It’s amazing. And, you won’t have to jump out of the boat because the thought of listening to “it’s a small world after all” over and over might drive you to it.

What is Listen’s role in audio description? Our FM and IR products are used to transmit the audio description right to your ear. A transmitter wirelessly transmits the audio to a small receiver that connects to an earphone – it’s just like an iPod. Whether it’s a live audio description or a track off of a movie, a Listen system and audio description can help you “see” with your ears.


“You gotta love it, baby!"  - Hot Rod Hundley
 

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