The theatre recently installed a new auditory advancement, personal audio listening systems, known as PALS, designed to make the theatre more accessible to the public.
“It’s important for us to ensure accessibility and to eliminate barriers for audiences,” said Chris Parthemore, executive director of the Sandusky State Theatre. “We want everybody to be able to enjoy the arts and to have that experience in a town they live in.”
Approximately 466 million people worldwide are impacted by hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization.
”These devices will allow patrons with some hearing loss to have a better experience with the shows,” Parthemore said.
The assistive-listening devices, enhancing the audio for people with hearing issues, are distributed for free and will come in two options: a hearing loop and an earbud handset.
“I think it is an awesome idea,” said Huron resident Kim Cryder-Berning. “That’s why I didn’t go to the State Theatre, because I can’t hear.”
The theater recognized people with disabilities face barriers and obstacles and are taking an important step to ensure quality for all with this new technology.
“I would absolutely attend shows now that I will be able to hear,” Berning said. “Its a really awesome advancement.”