BETTER HEARING: New hearing technology has been installed at Z-PAC Theatre, in Scarness.
BETTER HEARING: New hearing technology has been installed at Z-PAC Theatre, in Scarness.

LISTEN UP: New hearing technology comes to Bay theatre

FRASER Coast residents with hearing difficulties can now enjoy a live theatre experience thanks to Hearing Loop technology that was recently installed at Z-PAC Theatre.

Since becoming president last year, bringing a hearing loop system to the Scarness theatre was one of Liane Mills's major goals, which came to fruition after the committee recently obtained a Queensland Government Gambling Fund Grant.

The system, sometimes called an audio induction loop, is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids.

The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to a Telecoil setting.

After council also installed a disability ramp last year, Ms Mills said the theatre was now more accessible to elderly residents and people with disabilities.

She said Z-PAC had also invested in five portable hearing devices, which people who are hard of hearing but don't have hearing devices, can hire for free.

"When going out to senior communities last year and talking with people about Z-PAC, I kept hearing over and over the story of people who used to go to the theatre, but didn't bother any more because they couldn't hear," Ms Mills said.

"So for those patrons who have stopped coming to Z-PAC due to hearing difficulties, I encourage you to return and give the hearing loop or portable devices a try and enjoy the wonderful shows."

The system received the thumbs up after being tested on the opening of the theatre's latest production, Travelling North. Patron Anne Claydon, who does not have a hearing aid but has difficulties hearing, described the system as "absolutely brilliant".

Travelling North will be showing on March 10, 12, 17,18 and 19. See the website for details www.zpactheatre.com.

Tickets available online or Friday mornings at the Zephyr St theatre, from 9am to noon.



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