Hearing loss? No problem at Heber City’s Bonanza Campout music festival

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The Bonanza Campout will be held at River’s Edge campsite at Deer Park in Heber. This year, the festival will feature hearing loop technology to make the music accessible to people with hearing loss.

The Bonanza Campout music festival in Heber combines music, camping and art, and this year, the festival will be accessible to people with hearing loss.

The festival is June 23-25 at Rivers Edge at Deer Park in Heber and, in addition to featuring more than 30 bands, including Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) and Odesza, the festival has also partnered with California-based OTOjOY to provide hearing loop technology.

“We believe that it is important to make music accessible to our patrons with hearing loss,” said Joey Traum, operations director for Bonanza Campout, in a news release.

According to OTOjOY’s founder, Thomas Kaufmann, the company installs hearing loop technology which it wires at a venue to send a magnetic field embedded with audio signals. The magnetic signals communicate with the telecoils in hearing aids and cochlear implants, allowing people with hearing loss to hear the audio.

“It essentially turns hearing aids and cochlear implants into wireless headphones,” Kaufmann said in an interview with the Deseret News. “On top of that, the hearing aid or cochlear implant is programmed specifically for your individual pattern of hearing loss, much like eyeglasses would be (for eyes). What that does, it gives you the clarity and not just volume.”

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