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on May 4, 2015 5:54 pm EDT
19th-Century Worship Space Delivers Attendees an Audio Boost
An historic Virginia church addresses members' needs, accommodating T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants.
R.E. Lee Memorial Church is near the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Image courtesy of R.E. Lee Memorial Church.
The historic R.E. Lee Memorial Church, adjacent to the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., is named for historical figure and university President and namesake Robert E. Lee. The church’s regular worship services are equally traditional, but in one key way the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church has kept its members up with the times: this past December it upgraded its existing Listen Technologies Corp. assisted listening system from an RF system to an inductive ListenLoop system, using Listen’s CLS2 Loop Driver as the driver for the main sanctuary floor.
The project, part of a broader audio system upgrade, was done by Stage Sound of Roanoke, Va. As a result, church members using T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants can now connect to the services’ audio automatically and seamlessly, without needing external devices such as ear buds, ear cups or headphones.
"It’s made a huge and positive difference for everyone with hearing challenges...."
—Jay Ensor, System Designer & Project Manager, Stage Sound
In addition, Listen Technologies LP-IL-1 Hearing Loop Receivers with lanyard packages were also installed to accommodate those with hearing challenges, but who do not have hearing aids or implants. “It’s made a huge and positive difference for everyone with hearing challenges,” says Jay Ensor, system designer and project manager on the project for Stage Sound. “The previous RF system was great, and this is even better because it makes getting connected to the church’s audio so much easier and simpler for those with T-coil-enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants. You walk in and you’re connected, just like that.”
Ensor says the installation of the inductive loop system was nearly that simple as well. The church rests above a basement on a floor supported by hand-hewn 2 X 6 beams, which facilitated the laying of the loop wire. Signal strength, already a major feature of the Listen Technologies inductive loop system, is exceptionally strong as a result of the all-wood environment, with strong signal up to 12 feet above the seating area. “We’ve installed other brands of assisted-listening products, but we’ve always come back to the ones from Listen Technologies, to the point that we became a dealer.”