Daylesford Cinema caters for deaf or hearing-impaired patrons

THE Daylesford Cinema has installed a hearing loop to ensure the venue is accessible to all residents.

For many residents who wear hearing aids, a visit to the movies can sometimes be difficult, but that experience has now been enhanced by the hearing loop which was purchased through a grant from the Deafness  Foundation.

Those who wear a hearing aid and are inside the hearing loop can now pick up the movie’s soundtrack, voices and other sounds from the theatre’s sound system with minimum distortion and no background noise.

This is accessed by turning on the T switch on the hearing aid.

In addition, the cinema is will also screen a selection of movies as part of Words in Winter Festival with open captions.

While the soundtrack is still being played along with the movie, the captions will make the movie accessible to all, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“We see it as a nice way to introduce the local movie audience to the concept of open captioned screenings,” deafaccess Grampians co-ordinator Ashley Heenan said.

The 1997 biopic about Oscar Wilde entitled Wilde will be screened on Saturday, August 23, at 4.30pm and Sunday at 6pm. 

Where the Wild Things Are will also be screened on Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm.

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