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Highlights in Houston with Mizzen Marketing

Listen Technologies was recently in Houston, Texas for Mizzen Marketing’s 4th Annual AV Expo. The event had many people in attendance over the two days who were very excited to view the products that Listen’s, Joel Motel, showcased. “Of the 31 vendors,” Motel states, “Listen was the only one that had two tables. We had so many products at the event that we needed two, eight-foot tables.” The products that were featured at the Mizzen event were Listen’s Wireless Conferencing, Digital Discussion, Portable RF, Stationary IR, and Hearing Loop.

Listen’s table featured the increasingly popular Jolene. She was designed using a fashion mannequin equipped with a sound level meter wired to a silicon ear, which measures the sound levels of personal sound systems. Her unique look always draws a crowd, whether she’s at an event like this one or visiting a school to help teach kids about noise-induced hearing loss.

The main Listen Technologies table also featured a Hearing Loop, which Motel was able to demonstrate to interested parties. He also conducted two presentations about the Hearing Loop during the event. The first of these presentations was an introduction to how Hearing Loop technology works—it uses a magnetic sound field that is directly transmitted to a user’s smart hearing aid (a hearing aid with a t-coil) or cochlear implants. This presentation was attended by a Houston audiologist, Dr. Paula Allison, who is a passionate advocate for Hearing Loop technology.  On the second day Motel gave a presentation on assistive listening and ADA compliance.

 

“One of the highlights of the event for me,” Motel concluded, “was having many of the attendees approach our tables and tell me that Listen was their go-to product for assistive listening and that they love the quality of our products.” We agree with Joel, this is definitely a highlight.

How To Use And Sanitize An Earspeaker

I recently attended a Women Tech Council event where attendees were able to tour the beautiful new Adobe building in Lehi, UT. We supported the event with a loaner equipment sponsorship of our portable RF equipment to ensure that not a single sound was missed.

Each tour member was given a receiver and an LA-164 ear speaker. The great thing about an ear speaker as opposed to traditional headphones is you can easily sanitize between uses. Additionally, it is only over one ear, allowing you to hear the audio while also being aware of your surroundings. The first time you put an ear speaker on it can be a little tricky, but once you see the proper position it’s easy!

This video shows just how easy it is to use and sanitize:

Aging Public Address System Rejuvenated by Listen Stationary FM System

For most people, understanding legal jargon is tough enough. For graduate students in a unique judiciary interpreter training MA program, that’s just the beginning.
 
Each year thousands of snow enthusiasts glide down the slopes and half-pipes at the award-winning Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque, Iowa. A ready team of resort staff patrol the terrain to assist with emergencies and lost skiers, instructors are busy helping first-timers learn the basics, and lodge personnel attend to the skier’s and boarder’s equipment, appetite, and transportation needs.
 
To support all these efforts, the resort uses a public address (PA) system to make important and sometimes urgent announcements across the slopes. For some time, however, their existing, hard-wired PA system has been plagued by a constant “buzz” from stray voltage contaminating the system. This made sound intelligibility next to impossible.
 
Al Wilsey, of Sundown’s operations technical support team, said, “The horrendous noise was so bad that the staff shut off the system. The only other option was to shut off their chairlifts, which was obviously not an option.”
 
Sundown began an ardent search online to find ways to handle the noise. When sound filters didn’t work, and replacing the hard-wired system was time- and cost-prohibitive, they knew a wireless solution might be a better option. Unfortunately, wireless microphones were expensive and couldn’t effectively send a signal to the distant lodges and ski shacks “over the hill and through the woods.”
 
With the help of Lifeline Amplification Systems (Platteville, Wisc.), Sundown acquired an ideal wireless audio solution with a Stationary FM System from Listen Technologies.
 
“When we tried out Listen equipment during an on-site demonstration, we were thrilled that it eliminated the buzz,” Wilsey said. “We were really impressed that it could reach our lodges ranging from 100 to 400 feet away – and with hills in between. We thought wireless would require line-of-site conditions, but Listen’s system worked great. There was no signal interference either. Most importantly, we saw that it was reliable.”
 
Although the resort’s Board of Directors was initially hesitant to try something during the ski season, they were won over by Listen’s clear sound quality, ability to utilize existing equipment, and low price – 75 percent less than the other solutions they considered.

Listen Infrared System Ideal Solution for Divisible Rooms

Located 19 miles north of Salt Lake City in Layton, Utah, the Davis Conference Center offers over 32,000 square feet of meeting space incorporating ballrooms, break-out meeting rooms, and two exhibit halls. The Center is a high-tech facility, providing users such amenities as wireless internet, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, bright LCD projectors, “continuous break” dining and food stations, and even two weather towers that indicate the coming day’s weather through LED flood lighting.
The facility’s AV design also incorporates advanced technologies thanks to system designer David Drommond of Sound Design International. Automatic A/V switch­ing systems are used to route audio and video to the meeting rooms and exhibit halls, and infrared assistive listening systems from Listen Technologies are part of the package.
 
Drommond was an early adopter of Listen IR products. “I’ve known Russ Gentner (Listen Technologies CEO/President) a long time,” says Drommond. “When Listen began the design of their IR system, I was quite interested and Russ sought my input on what should be included in the system. I had been using other manufacturers’ products for a while, but those designs hadn’t been updated in years and were pretty costly. I liked what I saw in the Listen IR products and wanted to give them a try, so I specified them for this facility.”
 
System integrator Poll Sound installed eight Listen LT-82 Stationary IR Transmitters in a central equipment room, and placed LA-140 Stationary IR Radiator units in each of six meeting rooms.
 
LA-140 units were also placed in each of the two exhibit halls at the facility. “We used the white radiators for the meeting rooms, because they blend in nicely with the walls,” says Drommond. “The black versions went into the exhibit halls’ rafters, which are also black, so they virtually disappear from sight.” LR-44 IR Lanyard 4-Channel Receivers are available for use in each of the rooms.
 
The Davis Conference Center is set up with movable walls that can create many different configurations for meeting spaces, including the capability to open up the entire space. Drommond designed an infrared switching system for the center that senses when a wall has been moved and automatically combines the audio, video, and Listen IR systems for the new space.
 
“The advantage of IR is that it doesn’t penetrate the walls, so when rooms are set up individually the people using the Listen system are only getting the audio for the room where they are located,” Drommond says. “But, as soon as the wall moves, the Listen units in both rooms will automatically switch to the same audio source and will both transmit the same information. As far as I know, this is the first system of its kind that has been done this way so the hearing assistance systems are able to combine and divide along with the rest of the system. It makes it really slick for the people who work here because they don’t have to think! They move a wall and the system automatically resets itself to the new configuration.”
 
“We use the Listen systems for both hearing assistance and language interpretation,” says Jay Clark, AV Manager for the Davis Conference Center. “The center is perfect for groups of different sizes and interests who can all be here at the same time and each have their own AV sources running. The Listen system works really well for us because we have lots of diverse groups including senior citizens who need assistive listening as well as groups who need an interpretation system. We can have an interpreter anywhere, providing language interpretation services for a meeting, and the interpretation can be heard in multiple rooms. Assistive listening can be provided for single or multiple rooms, and everything can be combined. It’s really versatile and very useful.”
 

The Hult Center for Performing Arts

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1982 through perseverance and initiatives by the citizens of Eugene, Oregon. Since its opening the Hult Center has been delighting audiences and world renowned performers alike with its stunning architectural and acoustical features.
 
The Hult Center has become the artistic cornerstone of the community offering a range of environments for its artists. From the towering glass lobby, to the massive 2,500 seat Silva Concert Hall with its basket weave ceiling, to the intimate 500 seat Soreng Theater with its intriguing asymmetrical design, to the divine Jacobs Gallery downstairs, the Hult Center is a stunning venue for all.
 
The Hult Center strives to provide excellent services and support to its patrons and offers assistive listening devices to patrons at no charge. The assistive listening system had been in use for almost all of the twenty five years the Hult Center has been open. Recently the operations team determined that the existing system was in dire need of an update if they were going to continue providing quality service for their patrons.
 
Denny Conn, Head Audio Engineer for the Hult Center contacted Steve Armstrong, from Pros, Inc. to assess options for their assistive listening needs. Mr. Armstrong reviewed the possibility of repairing and upgrading the existing system or installing a completely new system. Because they wanted to broadcast in stereo as well as provide a descriptive listening channel, he recommended a new Stationary IR System from Listen Technologies. “He told us that it would provide us with enhanced performance over our old system, and at a fraction of the price we would pay for another competitor,” stated Mr. Conn.
 
Steve Armstrong contacted Kyle Anderson, President/CEO Principal Designer of AGI to arrange for a product demonstration. AGI, a Listen dealer is noted for designing and installing complete audio, video, lighting and acoustic solutions for large and small organizations throughout the world. “We brought in key potential users of the system to hear how it sounded and test how easy it was to use. All were very impressed with the quality of the Listen system,” said Mr. Conn.
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