Hidden Challenges for Assistive Listening Technology in Large Venues June 21, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Assistive listening systems provide a means of wirelessly transmitting an audio signal from a venue’s sound system directly to a listener in the audience, dramatically increasing speech intelligibility by removing background noise and bypassing room acoustics. Recent advances in assistive listening technology, such as the development of Bluetooth Auracast, hold promise in making assistive listening technology more available, more accessible, and more affordable for venue operators and listeners alike.

However, several hidden challenges that both existing and new technology face in large venues remain unaddressed. This presentation explores how to overcome these hurdles that even many industry professionals are unaware of.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. examine whether any given large venue provides an adequate assistive listening solution
2. analyze whether alignment delay poses a challenge in any given venue
3. propose an adequate assistive listening solution for any given large venue

Presentation Materials

Speaker(s)

Kaufmann
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