SBTHP Installs Hearing Loop Technology in Alhecama Theatre

by Kevin McGarry

The Santa Barbara for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) recently installed OTOjOY hearing loop technology in the historic Alhecama Theatre at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park for visitors, patrons and audience members who are hearing impaired. The system, installed during the pandemic, was unveiled at the 13th annual Asian American Film Series opening night screening of “A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather,” on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Audience members await the July 22nd screening of a “A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather,” which was followed by a Q&A with a main subject of the film, Regina Boone. Photo by Kevin McGarry

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. The Alhecama Theatre hearing loop installation brings El Presidio SHP into better alignment with the California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines regarding assistive listening systems, and installing the system was a goal listed in SBTHP’s first-ever Strategic Plan (see SBTHP’s current Strategic Plan, here).

SBTHP’s new OTOjOY Telecoil (or T-Coil) system was installed by Michael Mooneyham, an OTOjOY project manager and audio engineer based in Los Angeles. Mooneyham grew up in Santa Barbara and his company Full Moon Audio is currently contracted by SBTHP to assist with a multi-media visitor experience enhancement scheduled for installation in 2022 and 2023 at El Presidio SHP.

These blue signs are posted in interior of the Alhecama Theatre to let visitors know about the installed T-Coil system.

The Alhecama Theatre’s new hearing loop system offers increased access and enjoyment at future trainings, receptions, concerts, lectures, film screenings, parties and more.

Click here to learn about renting the Alhecama Theatre for your next event!

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