What type of information do we share with our patients (or clients) about hearing in public places. We have touched on looping, but how much “in the know” are we about Closed Captioning? Yes, most all TVs have this option, but more theaters and play houses are offering this option for the Hard of Hearing. This is a link for our local Cinemark theaters here in Tucson. http://www.cinemark.com/pressreleasedetail.aspx?node_id=22850 We also have a live theater The Arizona Theater Company that offers certain performances (in specific seats) with Closed Captioning.
It is difficult to keep up with all of the changes, and we do not update our listing as much as we should, but this is another added benefit to inform you patients with.
There are several different companies that provide the close captioning telephones, CapTel is one of the more popular ones and don’t forget for mobile phones and computers the ClearCaptions (http://www.clearcaptions.com/).
Now that technology is changing at such a rapid pace, there will be more things accessible for the Hard of Hearing. But, there is a call to have more things accessible, there is a site (http://netflixunderground.blogspot.com/2011/04/netflix-turns-deaf-ear-to-hearing.html) called the “Darkside of Netflix”, that points out that Netflix does not always have the streaming videos with CC, and the pricing structure may promote more use of streaming. We too can be advocates to help the call to have all forms have CC since the technology is there. Have someone in your office call or look in the internet to have your local theaters listed and ready for those people you help. Giving a little extra will help bring your office more referrals and more loyal customers!