References & Testimonials

OTOjOY has installed hearing loop systems at the following venues:

Performing Arts & Theaters

Santa Barbara Bowl
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown

 

A Noise Within
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Function: Unknown

 

Music Academy of the West
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown

 

Yasa Yoga
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown

 

Lobero Theatre
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Historic theatre for  performing art
Ojai Playhouse
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Ojai, CA
  • Function: Movie Theatre

Government & Educational Facilities

Council Chambers
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Goleta, CA
  • Function: Unknown
County Meeting Room
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Santa Barbara City Hall
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Council Chambers
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Function: Unknown
City of Cerritos Library
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Cerritos, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Cuesta College
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Function: Unknown
UCSB Campbell Hall & TMP Lecture Hall
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Goleta, CA
  • Function: Unknown
University of California Santa Barbara – Campbell Hall
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Carpinteria Library
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Carpinteria, CA
  • Function: Community room & front desk

Places of Worship

Old Mission Santa Barbara
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Camarillo UMC
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Camarillo, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Gayatri Chetna Center
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
The Village at Sherman Oaks
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Function: Unknown
El Montecito Presbyterian Church
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Temple Beth Torah
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Ventura, CA
  • Function: Unknown
Neighborhood Church
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  • Function: Unknown

Senior Centers

Cerritos Senior Center
 
  • Room: Unknown
  • Location: Cerritos, CA
  • Function: Multipurpose Room and Conference Rooms

Museums

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
 
  • Room: Fleischmann Auditorium

  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA

 

  • Function: Auditorium

User Experiences

 

 

  • The looping of FilmBar is another step forward in providing equal access to the more than one million Arizonans with hearing loss,” said Sherri Collins, Executive Director for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). “As we reflect on our 40 years of service to the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, we are encouraged by how far we have come, but know we still have a long road ahead of us. It’s invigorating to see Phoenix establishments like FilmBar making strides with us.
  • Sherri Collins
  • Executive Director, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 

 

  • Assistive listening technology allows everyone, including those with hearing loss, to be fully immersed in the show,” said Clayton Knight of ODESZA. “As an artist, there’s nothing better than being able to share your music with more people, and have them experience it the way you intended.
Clayton Knight
 

 

  • I was able to attend and enjoy a Radiohead concert thanks to the hearing loop technology installed in the Santa Barbara Bowl,” said Nora McNeely-Hurley, Santa Barbara resident and user of both a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. “I felt so much joy and gratitude that I was near tears because, for the first time in years, I could discern each instrument being played and heard them clearly thanks to OTOjOY’s hearing loop.
  • Nora McNeely

 

 

  • OTOjOY’s work is groundbreaking, and ensures persons with hearing loss are offered full hearing access as intended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” said Dr. Juliette Sterkens, an audiologist with the Hearing Loss Association of America.  “During live performances, crowd noise and amplified sound prevent hearing device users from enjoying music the way it was meant to be heard. Having hearing loops at music festivals will greatly enhance many people’s ability to enjoy the shows.
  • Dr. Juliette Sterkens
  • Audiologist, Hearing Loss Association of America

 

 

  • This little device is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Seth Brayer, who attended a “Sound of Silence Party” with Phutureprimitive and Govinda in Santa Barbara. “It’s small, light, unobtrusive and the audio quality is phenomenally clear. My experience with this omni-directional sound has been nothing short of profound.
  • Seth Brayer

 

 

  • As a hearing loop and LoopBuds user, with increasing hearing loss since my high school days, I have nothing but praise to describe what OTOjOY has done to benefit those of us with hearing loss,” said Steve Cooper, Senior Advisor to OTOjOY, entrepreneur with three start-ups, and former Chairman of Inogen. “I look forward to the day when the majority of public venues in the U.S. have assistive listening devices to communicate with the 23% of the population that have hearing loss, like myself.
  • Steve Cooper
  • Former Chairman of Inogen

 

 

  • Recently we installed a hearing loop at Congregation B’nai B’rith in both our sanctuary and social hall. With this technology in place, our hard-of-hearing congregants are now able to hear and understand almost every spoken and sung word. Those congregants who previously sat in frustration with hands cupped around their ears or had to fiddle with our previous ALS headsets now sit wherever they want with ease and dignity. I am thanked regularly for bringing in this technology to our building. It has tremendously changed their experience in our space.
  • Cantor Mark Childs
  • Congregation B’nai B’rith, Santa Barbara
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  • We have had comments from our members like: ‘Wow, now you can really hear the word of God!’ and, ‘What a change! I can hear the Sermon now.
  • Dan LaPorte
  • First Congregational Church, Santa Barbara
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  • Thank you for all your help and patience. You might just have the best customer service of any company I have worked with. You  continually went above and beyond. I would recommend OTOjOY to anyone.
  • Julie Honda
  • Shepard of the Valley Church, Simi Valley
 
 
  • It has been our utmost pleasure to have discovered and worked with OTOjOY. Their work has significantly improved resident satisfaction and particularly, opened up a whole new world for our hearing impaired residents. Thomas Kaufmann's understanding and dedication in this field has allowed our residents to intermingle with those that hear clearly while watching movies, listening to microphone presentations, and participating in activities, that in the past could never be managed to an acceptable level for all to enjoy. OTOjOY have demonstrated that they can deliver a project from start to finish with positive, impactful and appreciated results.
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  • Michael Pointer
  • Director of Environmental Services, Vista del Monte
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  • Thomas Kaufmann, Founder of OTOjOY, and Eric Deveau hearing professional of Miracle-Ear, gave a presentation to our residents and did a great job explaining the purpose and usage of the hearing loop. They took time to sit down one-on-one with the residents to activate their t-coils in all hearing aids that have this feature. The residents were then able to instantly use the hearing loop. When they heard the sound through the loop for the first time, they were delighted! It is sad to see people not being able to enjoy a film or live presentation in our activity room simply because they cannot distinguish the words being said. The hearing loop makes all the difference!
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  • Holly Walling
  • Activity Director, Wood Glen Hall

 

 

  • Recently I took my mother to the Hearing Loss Association meeting at Wood Glen Hall mainly because I wanted to see just how the looped environment would affect her hearing. I cannot tell you how elated she was when she looked at me as the meeting started, and proclaimed that she could hear every word clearly. She had a smile on her face the entire time.
Susan D. Savage,
Professor of Art, Westmont College, Santa Barbara

 

 

  • The loop system was an amazing treat. My husband put it together yesterday and I couldn’t believe how wonderful the movie I watched sounded. I watched the latest Woody Allen film about Rome. One of the characters has a magnificent operatic voice and sings a few times. With the loop system it sounded unbelievable, as if I was in the first row of a wonderful concert. When I took my hearing aids out afterward and watched the TV it was like watching a film in black and white compared to Technicolor.
Gloria Arenson

 

 

  • Friday night we went to see the Year in Burgundy film at the Art Museum. As we took our seats, the room was noisy with chatter coming from all around me, difficult to make out conversations or exactly where the sounds were coming from. I switched my hearing aids to the loop, and I couldn’t believe it. I was hearing music clearly! I kicked off the setting and of course the music disappeared completely. Kicked it back on and smiled. I think it had been years since I heard music that clearly. I caught every single word in the movie. Although my French has long lapsed, I could follow that better than most conversations I have in English with some background noise going on. I feel I gained part of my life back. When we walked out of the theater, hearing the background music being played, I kicked it off to hear just the noise of chatter again from all directions. The music disappeared. I was aware of what I had just experienced. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Brian Gilbert

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