Signal joined with England’s oldest flower show and one of its top folk music festivals to help welcome visitors with hearing loss this year.
In a new collaboration Signal installed hearing loops in the Flower Show’s Lecture Marquee and Foodhall demonstration area. A loop system channels sound directly to a person’s hearing aid and dampens background noise.
With its horticultural sights and scents and artisan foods, the Flower Show is a feast for the senses. The loops made it easier for visitors who use hearing aids to capture the live presentations by the show’s celebrity and local gardeners and chefs too.
Signal also returned to the Shrewsbury Folk Festival for the second time. We provided a hearing loop in The Studio workshop venue to fully include hearing aid users. Alongside the performances by celebrated musicians, the festival runs workshops involving the ukulele and more.
We offered the Folk Festival goers a hearing screening too. Earlier detection of hearing problems means people can get help sooner and better manage any hearing loss and its isolating effects.
Shrewsbury’s floral and folk extravaganzas attract thousands of visitors from across the UK, where one in six of us has some form of hearing loss. In Shropshire this figure is as high as one in five because of the county’s older population.
Do get in touch if you are interested in making your event deaf friendly!