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InfoComm 2016: And the Winner IS…

Drumroll Please…. Listen Technologies!

 

We have had an exciting week at InfoComm 2016.  Listen Technologies is proud to have received not one, but TWO awards at this year’s show.

The first comes from our valued partner in distributing, Herman Pro AV who honored us with their “Vendor of the Year” award.  Looking forward to many more great things to come with Herman Pro AV!

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Listen’s Maile Keone, Chief Revenue Officer and Peter Papageorge, Vice President of Sales and Marketing accept the “Vendor of the Year ” award from Herman Pro AV.

 

ListenTechnologies is also thrilled to be voted rAVe Publications Reader’s Choice for “Favorite Assistive Listening Product”. Nominated and voted upon by the AV community itself, the rAVe Reader’s Choice Awards are the voice of the people in the know-and they LOVE Listen Technologies!

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Tracy Bathhurst, Listen’s Chief Technology Officer accepts the rAVe Reader’s Choice award for “Favorite Assistive Listening Device”.

 

InfoComm 2016: Who’s getting excited? We are!!!

InfoComm 2016 is almost upon us and we are EXCITED! Listen Technologies Booth #C10519 is brand new this year and it is shaping up to be awesome! It takes a village to put together a show like InfoComm and our Listen village has been rocking it this year.

Cory Paxman, Ryan Paxman, Ryne Carrillo, and Riley Hendrickson-working hard to get us on our way!   Cory Paxman, Ryan Paxman, Ryne Carrillo, and Riley Hendrickson-Working hard to get us on our way.

From dreaming to planning, packing to set up……we are almost there and we CAN’T WAIT!  See you soon!

 

 

Blog from the Booth: IR that Sounds Like RF at InfoComm 2015

If you think you know IR, think again. ListenIR sounds more like RF. Case in point: a Consultant just stopped by booth #959 for a chat with Cory Schaeffer and Peter Papageorge. As one who is devoted to RF products, this Consultant was a bit doubtful of our claims, but we switched on the LT-84 Transmitter/Radiator, had him take a little walkabout with one of our iDSP IR receivers, and then showed him the iDSP software suite and he was convinced. ListenIR offers an unparalleled IR experience. 

Stay tuned for more updates from InfoComm 2015!

Blog from the Booth: The Hottest Spot at InfoComm 2015!

It looks like booth #959 is the hottest spot for Wi-Fi at InfoComm this year. ListenWiFi was heating up the Listen Technologies booth all day, with overheard comments like, “If it’s from Russ Gentner, I know it’s a quality product.” ListenWiFi is a professional, industrial grade product designed and manufactured by Listen Technologies, so that guy definitely knows what he’s talking about.

 

Also on deck: a tour of the Amway Center using Listen Technologies tour group equipment. When asked if the Listen Technologies tour group equipment provided a great audio experience, many tour attendees reported that it was fantastic.

Stay tuned for more updates from booth #959 at InfoComm 2015!

Blog from the Booth: Live from InfoComm 2015!

Wednesday kicked off the first day of InfoComm 2015 and Listen Technologies is kicking it at booth #959 in innovative style. This year, the booth is featuring new ListenIR, ListenWiFi, Loopworks, and many other amazing assistive listening and conference products.

 

 

ListenWiFi is generating a ton of interest from various markets. In other words, booth #959 is the hottest spot for Wi-Fi products at InfoComm. Stop by to check them out!

 

ListenIR literally had pigs flying. Why? Because Listen Technologies, CEO, Russ Gentner said that if we could create IR that sounded more like RF, pigs would fly.

Stay tuned for more updates from Booth #959 and Listen Technologies, live at InfoComm 2015.

What happens in Orlando, won’t stay in Orlando!

Since starting my career, I’ve been given many incredible opportunities and I often feel like the luckiest woman on the planet.  I have had the privilege of building a great company with great partners and a superior suite of product solutions that makes a difference for many with hearing loss. I have been part of a talented team within Listen Technologies, a company that truly has passion for what we do every day in a fun and vibrant industry.

I have enjoyed my time at Listen Technologies greatly. I have worked with the best representatives in the industry, including a supportive dealer channel and a group of talented consultants, all of whom, gave me, as well as others within Listen, the opportunity to build a successful business.   I’ve learned from my partners, Russell Gentner, Keldon Paxman and Kelli Lundgren that you can be partners and friends, because we’ve been just that for nearly thirty years. I’ve made new friends with the talent housed within the walls of Listen Technologies and I continue to be enriched by my relationships.

Now, I have more opportunities ahead of me. At this year’s InfoComm, I’ll be working the Listen Technologies booth and I won’t be saying “goodbye” rather, I’ll be saying “see you later.”   I have decided to change roles and I will be transitioning out of Listen Technologies day-to-day, however not my ownership and board of Directors position, as I join the team at AMX on July 6th.  My support of Listen Technologies will never leave me.  I’m just ready for my next chapter.

Listen Technologies is growing and our new iDSP systems are something you’ll want to see and hear during your time in Orlando. Come by and let me get these on your ears!  See you there!

 

What Audio Should You Feed to the Assistive Listening System?

When setting up an assistive listening system in your venue it is important to remember that speech is paramount. However, in many religious contexts and performing art venues, music will accompany the spoken word and is generally mixed through the sound system at a higher volume than the spoken word. In order to account for this, when setting up the assistive listening system, it is best to take a feed from the main (L/R or Mono) output of the console and run that signal through a compressor before sending it to the assistive listening transmitter.

As Production Director at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, with a weekly attendance of 2,500 congregants and 50+ assistive listening users, I use a mono matrix output fed from the left and right main outputs on our Soundcraft Vi1 digital console. I also use the onboard compressor to compensate for the decibel fluctuation between music and the spoken word before sending the signal to the assistive listening transmitter. If you are using a console that doesn’t have matrix outputs, you can also use a mono or record output. Or, as a last resort, you can use a post fader auxiliary output with all of the individual channel’s “aux” sends set to nominal. The compressor is key!

If you aren’t running a digital audio console, consider the purchase of a compressor as part of the overall assistive listening purchase. When setting the compressor, I start with a 5:1 ratio before adjusting the threshold just under the average spoken word. Then set the input volume on the assistive listening transmitter. Further compressor adjustments may be needed, but this is a good starting point.

Your final step is to take an assistive listening receiver with headphones and listen to the end result during a live production or service. At this point make your final compressor adjustments and set the “contour” on your ALS transmitter to optimize speech intelligibility. Input from those who have hearing loss and use the system is important. Consider asking several users of the assistive listening system how it sounds to them, then make adjustments as reoccurring complaints/suggestions occur.

At Park Cities Baptist Church, we use a separate assistive listening transmitter as a translation system for our Spanish speaking members. Setup of the system for this situation is simple. Plug any microphone into the XLR or 1/4” input in the back of the Listen Technologies transmitter. Speak into the microphone at a normal level while setting the input volume on the LT-800 transmitter. A compressor is not necessary in this situation since the assistive listening system will only be handling the spoken word from a single person.

One last consideration for the venue. Promote the fact that the assistive listening system is available and how to pick up a receiver. Promotion can be done via the website, programs, and newsletters as well as in venue digital signage.

Get Loopy at the Loop Utah Conference May 2 – 3

We love it when amazing people come to town, especially when those amazing people talk about something near and dear to our hearts. In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, Loop Utah and the local Utah Chapter of the HLAA have invited Dr. Juliette Sterkens as a special guest speaker.

Dr. Sterkens, a National Loop America advocate and an audiologist, will discuss the importance of the installation of hearing loops throughout the United States. She will also touch upon the subjects of advocacy and compliance for those with hearing loss.

Listen Technologies is very excited about this event as it supports Hearing Loop awareness, legislative compliance, and, in May each year, Better Speech and Hearing Month. Better Speech and Hearing Month is dedicated to raising more awareness about communication disorders. This year, the focus is on identifying the signs of communication disorders.

Get loopy with Loop Utah and support this event, which consists of two sessions. The first session on May 2 is for industry professionals, such as audiologists, architects, and facility managers, while the second session on May 3 is for the general public. If you’re interested in attending, please view the specific information below.

WHEN

May 2, 2014 (for audiologists, architects, and facility managers)

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

May 3, 2014 (for the general public)

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

WHERE

Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

5709 S. 1500 West

Taylorsville, Utah

All conference rooms are looped.

Putting Students’ Imaginations to Work with ListenPoint 2.0

Let’s face it. Other than parents, teachers have the greatest influence over children, so it is essential that students hear well in the classroom. That’s why we released ListenPoint 2.0, our latest Soundfield solution—we wanted to make learning limitless.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if Shakespeare had never learned to read? What if Einstein hadn’t had the opportunity to learn calculus? How different would our lives be if Steve Jobs couldn’t hear his kindergarten teacher? Without Jobs, we’d all still be using those crazy brick cell phones from the 1980’s! #lame #nomobileapps #howwouldiplaycandycrushsaga

Students learn best in environments where they can focus on what their teachers are saying. Unfortunately, several factors can get in the way. Some students have trouble focusing because they have hearing loss or are too far away from the teacher. Meanwhile, the classroom itself might have poor acoustics, or the teacher could have a strained voice from talking too loudly or too long.

In today’s classrooms, students have a lot of creative and innovative thinking to do. ListenPoint 2.0 helps them put their imaginations to work. It can also have a positive effect on their grades and test scores.* #bettergradesareawesome #A+ #listenpointisgenius

ListenPoint 2.0 delivers the following key benefits:

  • With mission critical deployments, it is the most advanced, flexible, scalable Soundfield system delivered by a trusted authority in the pro-AV market.
  • It incorporates AV technology and assistive listening systems to create enhanced and enriched learning environments for all students.
  • It is easy to install, operate, maintain, and adds more functionality over time.
  • It couples competitive pricing with advanced features.

We are truly excited to be part of a noble mission—educating students to become extraordinary people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The Marrs Report, 2006

Partnering with InfoComm to provide CTS Renewal Units

Listen Technologies has renewed its partnership with InfoComm and their CTS Renewal Units Program. This program allows over 9,000 professionals with InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credentials to earn the renewal units they need in order to keep their certification. Specialists have the opportunity to earn four RU’s (Renewal Units) by completing Listen’s One-Day Integration & Commissioning of Hearing Loop Systems (Level 2) Class.

Through Listen’s Hearing Loop (Level 2) Class, AV Integrators and Consultants are trained to the high standards of the IEC 60118-4 specification, which is important to note, because Hearing Loops must be installed to this international standard in order for them to work at their highest performance level for signal strength and frequency response along with other criteria. If a technology doesn’t actually work for an end user, there’s really no point in installing it.

Our course includes an intensive full-day training session that takes people through understanding the technology along with the steps that are necessary to learn how to install a Hearing Loop system properly and to provide a Certificate of Conformity to the IEC 60118-4 standard. Those who attend these courses gain a hands-on practice of creating test loops, setting up, installing, and certifying a Hearing Loop system. They also learn the theories of why it is so important to install them properly. At the completion of the session and passing the final exam, participants will be certified as Listen Hearing Loop Level 2 Integrators making them capable of meeting the performance standards of the IEC 60118-4 standard that was mentioned above.

We are very pleased to be partnering with InfoComm to help AV Integrators and Consultants reach their CTS credentials. It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved. Not only do participants get to earn Renewal Units towards their CTS credentials from InfoComm, but we at Listen Technologies get to build more awareness about Assistive Listening Systems and Hearing Loops.

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