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L.E. Phillips Planetarium Announces
Listening Assistance Technology Available

RELEASED: Nov. 13, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The L.E. Phillips Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire now has a hearing assistance system.

This technology broadcasts the sound to a receiver with an earphone, and the patron using the device controls the volume. The listening devices make it easier for people with a hearing loss to hear the show. The voice of the presenter (who discusses the night sky and points out constellations) and the audio portion of the multi-media portion of the show (images and soundtrack) are both amplified.

The wireless assistive listening devices will be available during the Tuesday night shows that are aimed at adults, during the Saturday morning children's shows; and during group shows. Interested patrons are encouraged to ask for a receiver. Four receivers are available at each show.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium is located in Phillips Hall, with free parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends. The tickets are $1 and are sold at the door just before the show.

For more information call 715-836-5034 or go to their Web site.

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