Letter To The Editor: Rotary Thanks Smith Auditorium’s Ross Mason And GWC Looping’s Gary Clark

By LINDA HULL, Project Chair
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to extend a sincere thank-you to both Gary Clark of GWC Looping and Smith Auditorium Manager Ross Mason for spending two days recently with students and staff re-looping the hearing assistive system (audio loop) in the auditorium.

Although the system was originally installed in August, the aging building presented unexpected challenges and not all designated seats were adequately served. We are delighted to report that all of the auditorium’s center section, rows A-P (including the wheel chair landing), now receive the same signal strength through the newly re-wired phased array looping.

An audio loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to the theater’s sound system; in this case, the phased array looping is wired under every seat. As Clark remarked earlier, “The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically via a special loop driver. This electromagnetic signal is then picked up by a small copper coil (telecoil, t-coil) that is an option in most hearing aids and is built into cochlear implant processors.

The telecoil then functions as a wireless antenna that links to the sound system and delivers sound to the listener and has been corrected for their individual hearing loss. Using a telecoil and hearing loop together is seamless, cost-effective, unobtrusive and does not require additional equipment.”

Rotary projects like this are funded through the community’s support, especially by our annual fundraiser, the CrabFest. Please mark your calendars now for Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets are $50; doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for this all-you-can-eat crab and prawns family-style dinner, catered by the Blue Window Bistro.

There will be silent and live auctions, a cash bar, and opportunities to support another club fundraiser, the Los Alamos Pay It Forward Raffle in which a $50 ticket provides chances to win up to $500 six times through the end of June. For Crab Fest tickets, call Skip King at 505.662.8832; For the Pay It Forward Raffle, call Rob Metcalf at 505.670.8226.

Again, Rotary thanks our community, Gary Clark of GWC Looping, Ross Mason, and school administrators for their support of this audio loop project, which enhances the quality of life for many in Los Alamos.