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… DIY safely

… Film buffs can enjoy the cinema even with a hearing loss

… On the road again: Travel needs for Deaf and hard of hearing people

DIY safely: Using noisy tools & equipment around the home

Are you getting up to some DIY renovation work in your home? Do you use whipper snippers and ride-on lawn mowers on a regular basis to keep your property looking neat? Or do you enjoy woodworking or boat building as a hobby?

If you’re handy with tools for whatever purpose, then chances are you sometimes use power tools and motorised equipment around your home. And as we know, these can generate a lot of noise.

Don’t underestimate the noise damage that can be caused by smaller power tools and home equipment such as ride-on mowers. Many people assume that hearing protection is just for workers in noisy factories where industrial machinery or large vehicles are commonplace noise hazards.

But noisy tools used while working on your home maintenance jobs or getting stuck into your woodcraft projects can have a significant impact on your hearing over time.

Don’t pack away those tools though. You can continue to enjoy your hobbies and keep the back lawn trim by following a few simple steps so that your hearing is protected.

It’s easy to take steps to minimise the potential impacts of noise damage when using noisy tools.

Firstly, we recommend selecting power tools with a reduced noise rating, wherever possible. Manufacturers of power tools are aware of the problems associated with noise and have gone to great lengths to reduce noise outputs.

The second step is that whenever you are using power tools or other noisy equipment, use hearing protection. Talk to us at Hearing Link Tasmania to find out what type of hearing protection is most suitable and effective for your needs. You can also take a look at a range of hearing protection options at our online shop here.

And thirdly, if you are wearing ear plugs or ear muffs, make sure you fit them properly and try to keep them in good condition for as long as possible. When ear muffs start to wear out they no longer do the job of cutting down the dangerous noise levels and so you’re better off purchasing a new pair.

If you love working around the house on projects, large and small, don’t let it be at the expense of your hearing.

For more information, contact us at Hearing Link Tasmania today.

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Film buffs can enjoy the cinema even with a hearing loss

CaptiView Closed Captioning Viewing System

CaptiView Closed Captioning Viewing System

Village Cinemas in Tasmania now provide the CaptiView Closed Caption Viewing System for patrons with a hearing loss.

The CaptiView system consists of a small LED display on a bendable support arm that fits into the theatre seat cup holder. The easy-to-read screen is equipped with a high contrast display that comes with a privacy visor so it can be positioned directly in front of the movie patron with minimal impact or distraction to neighbouring patrons. The system can receive captions from any seat within the auditorium.

Here are the details about the accessible cinemas in Tasmania:

Cinema details Current access Type of access
Eastlands Village Cinemas
Bligh Street?
Rosny Park Tas 7018
Ph: 1300 555 400
Closed captions and audio description on 1 screen 5 closed caption units5 audio description units
Glenorchy Village Cinemas
Cnr Cooper and Eady Sts
Glenorchy Tas 7010
Ph: 1300 555 400
Closed captions and audio description on 1 screen 5 closed caption units5 audio description units
Hobart Village Cinemas
181 Collins Street
Hobart Tas 7000
Ph: 1300 555 400
Closed captions and audio description on 1 screen 5 closed caption units5 audio description units
Launceston Village Cinemas
163 Brisbane Street
Launceston Tas 7250
Ph: 1300 555 400
Closed captions and audio description on 1 screen 5 closed caption units5 audio description units

To read more about the roll out of captions and audio description in cinemas across Australia, please visit the Media Access Australia website here.

To find out session times for each of the cinemas listed above, please visit the Village Cinemas website here and search for closed captioned and audio described movies.

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On the road again…

Sound Shuttle Counter Loop used at the reception desk of the Mercure Hotel, Hobart

Sound Shuttle Counter Loop used at the reception desk of the Mercure Hotel, Hobart

Travel and accommodation needs for Deaf or hard of hearing people

Hearing Link Tasmania, in partnership with the Tasmanian Deaf Society, has recently been involved in equipping one of Hobart’s largest hotels with Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and alerting systems for Deaf and hard of hearing guests.

The Mercure Hotel in Hobart purchased ALDs from Hearing Link Tasmania and installed them into a select number of their hotel rooms with assistance from Hearing Link Tasmania’s technology experts.

To read more about this exciting initiative, click here.