Everything around us is culture. We encounter it in nearly all everyday situations in life. Culture, from the Italian “cultura”, describes how people arrange, maintain, spiritually configure and change their lives and how they live. So anything that is not natural, is culture.
Cultural training makes children self-confident. That’s because you can be proud of what you’ve learned. But what can children learn in the area of culture? They learn about art, theatre, music and literature. Either passively – when listening to their favorite music, reading an exciting book, visiting a museum , seeing a play in the theatre – or they are active themselves – learning an instrument, singing in a choir, participating in a dance or theatre group, making a video or writing exciting essays.
You child needs eyes and ears to experience the full range of that. With good hearing provision, the culture that is all around us becomes accessible to your child without barriers. That is good- culture makes us strong!
You can find some important tips and suggestions for your child here!
Large event venues often have acoustics which can have a negative effect on the comprehensibility of speech or clarity of music. Listening to voices and music at events like concerts or theatre performances in large venues can often be difficult, especially for users of hearing aids and implant systems . Echoes, background noises or other disruptive sounds can lead to the affected person not understanding little or nothing. Various audio technologies can provide assistance which helps children with hearing systems to receive audio signals without interference in their audio processors.
With the installation of an induction appliance, the useful signal is transferred directly into the hearing system via a magnetic field. These sorts of systems are now available in many public places like cinemas, lecture rooms, churches, bank and ticket counters, in some countries even in taxis or buses for city tours – simple systems can of course be built into private houses to make, for example, TV sound available inductively.
Technically, an induction loop can be considered as a wire loop that runs around the edges of a room or a defined seating area. The input from a microphone or another signal source is then fed via the amplifier of the induction system into a wire loop, which generates an electro-magnetic field. Audio-processors of hearing systems or implants that have an induction coil can pick up the alternating electromagnetic field and transform it into signals in the audio processor. This minimizes external interfering sounds. It is also possible for your child to set the signal as necessary using the volume control on his or her own audio processor.
Users who want to receive that signal need to be within the wire loop and put their system into the appropriate reception mode: if you only want to hear those signals within the induction system, the mode is usually designated “T”, where the also common designation “MT” stands for the combination of signals from the induction loop and the microphone of the hearing system equally. The desired operation mode can also be selected by remote control for cochlear implant systems and some hearing aids.
In public areas, the presence of an induction loop is generally indicated with a corresponding sign pictogram. If you want to book theatre or cinema tickets for your child and your family, it still makes sense to ask in advance about the possibility of inductive listening.
In Austria, the Austrian Association of the Hearing Impaired has for many years been giving on its website lists of the hearing systems in public spaces that it has been notified of as a pdf at https://www.oesb-dachverband.at/.
Whilst infra-red and radio systems are mostly used in the private area, schools mostly used so-called FM systems.
New technologies now make it even easier for operators of cultural facilities and improve the sound quality for users. In this, the audio signal is transmitted directly to the personal smartphone using WLAN and an app. From there, it can be listened to either with headphones or by being fed into a hearing system via bluetooth or a personal induction loop, depending on what equipment the individual listener is using. Those without such equipment can borrow a mobile telephone with a pre-installed app and portable induction loop from the customer services – provided they have T-reception on their hearing system. You can find more detailed information at https://de-at.sennheiser.com/
Since this technology is very recent, it is sensible to ask about the availability at the cultural facility of your choice in advance.
If your child is old enough to follow the content cognitively, museums in particular offer as standard audio guides that function as an electronic museum guide and guide you through the museum or exhibition by sound recordings.
Some cultural institutions offer reductions on production of a disabled ID. As there are no uniform rules, it is worth finding out in advance via the website to avoid any discussions at the venue.
You can read about the power of music, whatever kind of music your child likes and the high importance it has on our lives on the website hoerenbewegt.at, which deals with the subject in detail.
Theatre and cinema
You don’t have to miss out on a visit to the children’s and young person’s theatre or an entertaining cinema film because of a hearing impairment. Many theatres offer high-quality technical hearing support which can be linked to your child’s hearing system.
Museums offer people tremendously varied insights into the world of pictorial and visual art. There are opportunities all over the world to admire works from the beginning of human history to modern art. This is also exciting for children. If your child wishes to find out more about an exhibition or an individual work of art and is old enough, he or she can join a guided tour by an art expert or borrow a so-called audio guide which is offered in various languages in most museums.
The audio guide can usually be linked to the MED-EL AudioLink and so the museum visit can also be a visual and listening pleasure for users of hearing implant systems with SONNET or SONNET 2 audio processors .
“Literature must be fun. It must bring people joy, pleasure and fun and even happiness.”
Literature has a range of functions for us – entertainment, education, relaxation or excitement, a journey in time; in short, an adventure in your mind. For hearing-impaired child (from about ten years old), literature can get another role, that of of listening training, if it is offered in the form of audio books.
Where fairy-tales help the very young in taking the first development steps, leading to acquisition reading skills and development of school-age childrens’ powers of expression, high-level literature is ultimately an important component of development of personality.
It is helpful in listening training if you offer your child the work in an audio and unabridged form as an audio book and in a identical visual version, that is, as a download or a CD and additionally as a pdf file or book. In that way, what your child is hearing can also be read. To make it easier, what is being heard can also be read in sections in advance to become familiar with the text and especially with the proper nouns. To listen to the audio book without reading is however recommended with appropriate practice.
It is of course important to ensure adequate speech quality in an audio book; musical or sound accompaniment can be evocative, but often make understanding more difficult.
If all this is taken into account, there is nothing to stop enjoyment of literature and adventures in the mind, and listening is also trained in a very pleasant form.
Audio book recommendations for children’s and young person’s literature -and all literary eras – internationally, and from the German-speaking region, can be found for you to browse at