Summer movie season is upon us, and there’s no reason to miss a minute of this year’s top blockbusters because you suffer from hearing loss. While enjoying movies may take slightly more effort, we found these tips from our Facebook community helpful for summer cinema trips.
“Do your cinema research”
Prior to attending a movie, Betty H. recommends looking up session times that have closed captioning available. Cinema chains will often mark hearing-specific theatres and times on their website, or you can call ahead and ask which shows are best suited for a hearing loss audience. “They’re typically very accommodating,” Betty said. “And you won’t feel like a burden to those around you by having to ask what was just said.”
“When possible, find CaptiView Closed Captioning”
Not all captions are created equal. Molly G. noted that Hoyts Cinemas make screen reading even easier and more personalised with their CaptiView Closed Captioning Viewing System. The device sits in the cupholder of your cinema chair with an LED screen displayed in front of you. You don’t have to worry about finding showtimes suited for on-screen captions, as you’ll have them at your seat during any viewing.
“Be choosy with your seat”
Holly P. said she always arrives a bit early to select a middle seat, which gives the most immersive sound experience without further harming hearing. Outlying seats are typically closer to surrounding speakers, and sitting too close to the front or back can be straining on both your ears and eyes.
“Avoid snacks with noisy packaging or too much crunch”
While it may seem like a small factor, Suzie H. insists that smarter snacking makes the cinema experience easier and more enjoyable for those who suffer with hearing loss. Hearing aids will pick up sounds from crunchy packaging or excessive chewing, so she avoids hard candies and chips and instead opts for buttery popcorn, soft pretzels, or ice cream.