- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Hearing-impaired theater lovers in Minot will soon be able to better hear their favorite productions put on at Minot State University.

Crews at the university are finishing up installing a “hearing loop” system in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, the Minot Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1RjwKfr ).

A hearing loop system transmits magnetic energy to any telecoil-equipped hearing aid nearby, essentially turning the device into an in-ear loudspeaker.

Steve Walsh, a partner at Midwest Hearing Loops, said the system makes it feel as if sound is being sent directly to one’s ear. He said most aids or cochlear implants are telecoil equipped.

“It enhances the overall appeal of Ann Nicole Nelson Hall,” said Neil Scharpe, the project and research director for the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State.

Scharpe said the Minot Sertoma Club was inspired by local resident Al Larson, who had had hearing aids for years, but said he had never attended an event in the historic auditorium.

“He said there would be no point, (that) he’d get no enjoyment out of it,” Scharpe said.

Crews were wiring the $38,000 system last week and officials expected them to be finished soon.

The looping system was funded by the Minot Area Community Foundation and by the Minot Sertoma Club.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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