Statue of Liberty Museum became accessible for visitors with hearing loss

Statue of Liberty Museum became accessible for visitors with hearing loss


Image: Statue of Liberty - a huge monument of a woman with a crown and a tourch in her hand in New York, USA


“Hearing every word” - visitors with hearing loss could experience a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York thanks to a comprehensive assistive listening system from Contacta, Inc and Hearing Loop New York.

The Museum wanted to create a listening environment where visitors could move seamlessly from one exhibit to another, hearing the right playback in each area. “Our design team used its bespoke field 3D visualisation software to design a multi-loop system with direct burial cables that could be laid into the fresh concrete as the flooring went down. The design used a combination of small-size perimeter loops and phased array layouts in different directions with cancellation segments to control overspill” – the Contacta team explained. 

A live demonstration of the system has been organised on-site prior to installation. This enabled the Museum management to experience the loop and how it would sound. This demonstration allowed the team to make some changes to the plans in the field to improve the loops’ performance and carry out testing of the final installation to ensure it offered the best possible listening experience. 

The Statue of Liberty Museum is the latest in a series of high-profile installations for Contacta Inc in the USA, which have included MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in New York, the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Attraction in Florida and Graceland in Memphis, Tennesee.