I’ll bet folks on here have many different experiences dealing with hearing at the movies at theaters. I’m curious how different folks deal with movies.
I have not gone to many movies because I can’t understand them. I’ve probably gone to about 6 theater movies since 1970 and have tried to listen to movies at home (mostly unsuccessfully). Sound effects overpower a lot of speech, I can’t understand any whispering, and “shouting doesn’t help”. Caption glasses and FM listeners are not very user-friendly for me.
I heard that this theater was showing the Open Caption movie at the request of some other deaf/hard of hearing individual. (It pays to speak up). I noticed several other deaf/hard of hearing folks there too so word must have gotten out about the Open Caption. I learned that even though I thought I could hear birds and crickets with my “new” 3-year old hearing aids I can’t hear them well at all. The captions told of several things that were playing in the soundtrack but I didn’t hear at all. And I learned that I could follow the movie much better than any other I’ve watched.
Now I’m wondering how to find when/where open caption movies play, how to request them, why they are not offered more. I did send a “thank you” to the theater for showing the movie and their consideration for the deaf and hard of hearing community.