Listen iDSP assistive listening system at San Francisco synagogue21 January 2015
San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue has integrated iDSP (Intelligent Digital Signal Processing) assistive listening products from Listen Technologies Corporation
California-based AV integrator Pro Media/UltraSound worked closely with Listen personnel on the project, completed in time for the High Holy Days.
The systems were integrated in both the synagogue’s main sanctuary and smaller Martin Meyer sanctuary. Pro Media/UltraSound project lead Patrick Waller explained: “Congregation Emanu-El has a number of elderly congregants and others with hearing loss or impairment. There were some assistive listening systems in place, but they weren’t compatible with certain hearing aids, or were just not effective for some members.
“Sam Nord at Listen let us know about their iDSP products being unveiled earlier this year. Everything clicked into place for the project, and we were able to move forward immediately. Everyone at Listen was so helpful during the planning process, and the installation was seamless and efficient.”
Judi Leff, director of operations and office management at Congregation Emanu-El stated: “We are always trying to make sure we are compliant with ADA and offering the latest technology to our congregants. A more involved installation was going to cost many thousands of dollars, and as a non-profit house of worship, we were very concerned. When Pro Media / UltraSound figured out what a problem solver Listen iDSP would be, we were so excited, and our congregants were happy as well.”