There’s nothing better than settling into your favorite chair and turning on a movie you’ve been waiting months to see. Now is the perfect time, however it might be difficult to enjoy the movies if you suffer from hearing loss. Not to worry; all you need to do is follow our tips for watching movies with hearing loss.
Use Chair Speaker
The best thing you can do when you’re watching movies at home is to use a ChairSpeaker. This awesome device allows you to hear audio on the TV clearly with wireless television speakers that can be placed on a couch.
Turn on the Subtitles
Another option you have at home is to turn on subtitles. This will allow you to follow the story easily. While some people get annoyed by subtitles, it only takes a few minutes and you won’t even realize you’re reading them. However, we still recommend you use ChairSpeakers so you can hear the music and sound effects.
Be Conscious of Snack Choices
The third tip for watching movies with hearing loss is to be wary of what you are snacking on. Avoid loud snacks like chips or hard candy and switch them for softer treats like gummies or ice cream to help prevent additional hearing obstacles. We also recommend that you place snacks into a bowl so you don’t have to deal with the noise that comes from the wrapping.
Get a Good Seat
When you go to the movie theater, you don’t have as many options as you do when you’re in the comfort of your own home. Most movie theaters today offer pre-assigned seating, so choose wisely. According to THX director Steve Martz, the best seat in a movie theater is in the center of the row, two-thirds of the way back.
Inquire About Assisted Listening Devices
Most movie theaters by law are required to offer some form of assisted listening device, or ALD, to patrons with hearing impairment. Call your local theater ahead of time and ask what kind of services they can provide. Some of these services may include closed movie captioning, rear-window captioning, or personal headsets.