Everyone likes to go see a movie now and then. When you have hearing loss visiting a movie theater can be difficult if you are not prepared. Here are some tips:
Know your options. By law, all movie theaters are to be accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. On the theater’s websites movie listings also include which showings have closed captioning. With closed captioning the movie theater will have devices that can be used at your seat. One such device is called the CaptiView. Some theaters even offer a select number of showings in open caption where the dialogue is shown on-screen and induction loops may be found in some theaters although not as common.
Call ahead of time. Although most movie theaters offer information about captioning and assistive listening devices on their websites, we still recommend that you call your theater in advance to check on show times and the options available to help you hear the audio well.
Arrive early. When you arrive early, not only can you check in with theater staff to get a device but you will have more time to set up the device at your seat before the movie starts and the lights are low. This extra time will help you ensure your device is working and that you are comfortable.
Try different theaters. We recommend that you scout out different venues and find the best theater for your needs. You may find that one theater has more knowledgeable staff, better maintained devices or more variety in show times and offerings. You will want to choose the theater where you can get the best listening experience.
Finally, talk with your audiologist. Today’s hearing aid technology offers patients a wide variety of options to ensure good hearing in even the toughest listening situations. Your audiologist may be able recommend a setting or accessory that can help make your movie watching experience more enjoyable.