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Settlement aids hearing-impaired a AZ theaters

Attorney General Tom Horne denies allegations that he illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure group during his 2010 campaign. (Arizona Capitol Times photo)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says a settlement with a theater chain will improve access for hearing-impaired customers.

Horne announced the settlement with Cinemark Holdings Inc., on Thursday, putting an end to a lawsuit his office filed in June 2011.

Cinemark agreed to equip six of its Arizona theaters with listening devices that hang around a customer’s neck and transmit sound magnetically into cochlear implants or hearing aids.

The theater chain already had been providing over-the-ear headsets that amplified sound. But Horne’s office says some of those headsets did not work with certain hearing aids and implants.

Cinemark also agreed to market the so-called neck loops and train its staff on how to operate them.

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One comment

  1. That’s a pretty nifty idea there. I didn’t know sound could be transmitted magnetically to hearing aids and implants like that.

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