Listen Technologies Expands to Meet the Needs of Global Customers

Showcases newly acquired products at ISE 2020 

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2020Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 22 years, is meeting the needs of professional audio and tour operators and their customers around the world. The company has expanded its global presence and suite of listening solutions to improve life’s experiences through sound and provide exceptional audio and content anytime, anywhere, on any platform. 

In September 2019, Listen Technologies acquired AudioConexus, Inc., the leader in creative, multilingual and accessible tour solutions. Operating as Listen Technologies Canada, the company offers tour products and services that complement Listen Technologies’ suite of assistive listening and personal audio solutions. In July, Listen Technologies opened an office in Denmark and named Flemming Bjerke general manager of Listen Technologies Europe to meet the needs of venues and end-users across the continent and throughout EMEA.

“Venue owners and attraction and destination operators around the globe want to deliver superior guest experiences that will garner positive reviews and grow their businesses,” said Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “Listen Technologies’ consistent, strategic growth in geographic markets and breadth of personal listening solutions is a direct response to the requests of pro audio and tour operator customers. We help venues and businesses – from houses of worship and classrooms to museums and river cruises – deliver clear, multi-lingual audio and content that engages people.” 

Demand for assistive listening solutions is expected to rise as the World Health Organization estimates the number of global citizens with disabling hearing loss will reach 900 million (one in 10) by 2050. Wi-Fi availability is increasing, and the number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to reach 2.87 billion this year. The global tours and activities market also is growing and is projected to become a $183 billion industry in 2020.

“Listen Technologies is the nexus of these trends with personal listening solutions that offer accessibility and customization and enable people to have more immersive experiences and greater engagement,” said Maile Keone, president of Listen Technologies. “Whatever the environment or personal listening need, Listen Technologies has a solution. Our growth strategy reflects this commitment.” 

Following its acquisition of AudioConexus, Listen Technologies announced the launch of Navilution® Wi-Fi, the sightseeing industry’s first affordable, plug-and-play, low latency, streaming passenger entertainment solution. Navilution® Wi-Fi combines the power and versatility of Listen Technologies’ award-winning audio-over-Wi-Fi solution, Listen EVERYWHERE, with the precise GPS triggering of Navilution Next, a wireless tour commentary delivery system. Navilution® Wi-Fi makes it easy for tour operators to deliver engaging, GPS-triggered content to visitors through their smartphones. 

To learn more about Listen Technologies, its recent acquisition of AudioConexus, expansion in Europe, and to experience its personal listening solutions at ISE 2020, please visit booth 7-C192.

About Listen Technologies

Venues and tour operators lose business when people struggle to hear and engage. Listen Technologies enriches lives by delivering audio directly to the individual so everyone can hear clearly and share in the same great experience. We help people listen and participate in environments where hearing is difficult, whether on a guided or self-guided tour, in a house of worship, a theme park, theater, or other venue. Our solutions provide technology and storytelling services that help venues and tour operators increase business. Our vision is to improve life’s experiences through sound by providing exceptional audio and content anytime, anywhere, on any platform. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com. For more about our tour solutions, visit www.audioconexus.com.

 Media Contacts:

Kim Spencer

Listen Technologies

801-542-7720

kim.spencer@listentech.com

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

951-553-3343

press@listentech.com

Listen Technologies Showcases Listen Audio Guide System at ISE 2020

Self-guided tour solution makes it easy for tour operators to deliver compelling content and provide memorable visitor experiences

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE –AMSTERDAM – February 5, 2020 – Listen Technologies, the leading provider of assistive listening systems for 22 years, is expanding its offering in the tour space with the Listen Audio Guide System, a self-guided tour solution that delivers a personalized and engaging visitor experience. Listen Technologies will demonstrate Listen Audio Guides at ISE 2020 (Booth 7-C192).

Listen Audio Guides are the result of Listen Technologies’ recent acquisition of AudioConexus and its GPS commentary products, audio guides and tour guide systems. Listen Audio Guides eliminate the challenges tour participants face when they do not speak the local language or struggle to hear clearly. Tour operators can customize audio content and upload it on the wireless devices that tourists carry in their hands or pockets. Users select their preferred language and listen through the unit’s built-in speaker or with headphones. Infrared technology in the unit triggers location-specific audio content to play at the right time and place so users hear relevant and engaging stories about the sights they visit. 

“We have heard our professional audio partners’ call for self-guided tour applications that can be used in multiple venues and destinations and are excited to offer Listen Audio Guides,” said Maile Keone, president of Listen Technologies. “With the Listen Audio Guide System, users can walk at their own pace and linger at sights that appeal to them as they listen to compelling stories. The result is a more personalized and meaningful experience that adds to their enjoyment.” 

The Listen Audio Guide System is Listen Technologies’ latest solution to help operators of museums, galleries and other attractions capture market share in the tours and activities segment of the travel market, which is expected to reach $183 billion this year. 

“Listen Technologies’ tour solutions make it easy and affordable for tour operators to provide engaging, accessible and educational audible tour narration that resonates with visitors,” said Jonathan Stanley, chief experience officer and president, Listen Technologies Canada. “That’s good for visitors and for points of interest  and entertainment venue operators looking to grow their audience base and earn positive visitor reviews.”

Listen Audio Guides are flexible and scalable to suit tour operator needs, whether they wish to start with one tour or 20. Tour operators can include up to 32 different languages or topics, and they can create stories to align with 950 points of interest. Ergonomically designed, push-button units are easy for visitors to use and feature a long-life power source so there is no need to change out units during the day. Units charge overnight in a convenient storage case.  

Additional features of the Listen Audio Guide System include:

  • Easy customization: Tour operators can add and remove audio files quickly with the included content management software;
  • High-quality audio: Users hear clear, intelligible sound and can adjust volume settings to their preference; and
  • Dual-headphone jacks: Parents and children or couples can listen simultaneously and share their tour experience.

The Listen Audio Guide System is available globally. To learn more and experience the product functionality, please visit Listen Technologies in Booth 7-C192 at ISE 2020.

About Listen Technologies

Venues and tour operators lose business when people struggle to hear and engage. Listen Technologies enriches lives by delivering audio directly to the individual so everyone can hear clearly and share in the same great experience. We help people listen and participate in environments where hearing is difficult, whether on a guided or self-guided tour, in a house of worship, a theme park, theater, or other venue. Our solutions provide technology and storytelling services that help venues and tour operators increase business. Our vision is to improve life’s experiences through sound by providing exceptional audio and content anytime, anywhere, on any platform. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com. For more about our tour solutions, visit www.audioconexus.com.

Media Contacts:

Kim Spencer

Listen Technologies

801-542-7720

kim.spencer@listentech.com

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

951-553-3343

press@listentech.com

Listen Technologies Names Doug Taylor Chief Product Officer

BLUFFDALE, UTAH – January 22, 2019 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 20 years, has promoted Doug Taylor to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO), a new position that builds on Taylor’s experience and demonstrates Listen Technologies’ unwavering focus on delivering innovative products and solutions for its customers.

For the past two years, Taylor served as executive vice president of product management and business development at Listen Technologies. In this new position, he will continue to lead product management and product marketing. Additionally, as CPO he is responsible for establishing the product vision and strategy, and partnering with engineering, marketing, sales and company leadership. In partnership with the CEO and company executive leadership team, Taylor will evolve and drive the vision, roadmap and go-to-market strategy for all Listen Technologies products.

“Doug has been instrumental in Listen Technologies’ product leadership and in bringing innovative, personalized listening solutions such as the recently launched Listen EVERYWHERE to market,” said Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “Doug shares our organization’s user-inspired approach to product development and always is seeking ways to champion the voice of customers into listening systems that make it easy to hear sound clearly regardless of environment or venue. Doug’s promotion to the new role of Chief Product Officer will accelerate Listen Technologies’ unique solution set for our customers.”

“I’m excited to take on this new role at Listen Technologies and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented and motivated team of individuals passionate about delivering outstanding audio experiences,” said Taylor. “We’ll continue to listen to the needs of our customers and incorporate their feedback into future Listen Technologies hearing solutions.”

Taylor has more than 22 years of global sales and product management experience. Prior to joining Listen Technologies, he held senior positions in sales, marketing and product management at GE Healthcare and Eaton. Taylor has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree from University of Colorado at Denver.

About Listen Technologies

Listen Technologies believes all people deserve to hear the world around them. The company’s assistive listening products equip users with the personalized solutions they need to listen and engage in environments where hearing is difficult, whether they are in a theme park, house of worship, tour group, theaters or other venue. Listen Technologies sets the standard for innovation as it develops products that minimize noise, distance, clashing conversations, hearing loss and other audio challenges. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com.

Media Contacts:

Carrie Keele

Listen Technologies

801-542-7750

carrie.keele@listentech.com

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

760-294-6958

press@listentech.com

Listen Technologies Showcases New ListenTALK One-Way Receivers

Receiver-only options are designed to meet any budget and the needs of unique hearing environments; company also reveals new line of ListenTALK accessories that extend system’s flexibility

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 5, 2019 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 20 years, is showcasing two new receivers – the LKR-11 and LKR-12 – and the latest accessories for its award-winning mobile communication product ListenTALK at Integrated Systems Europe this week.

ListenTALK, which Listen Technologies demonstrated at ISE 2018, features a wireless, pocket-sized transceiver that makes it easy for groups of two or more people to listen and talk with the push of a button. For an effective tour or event, a mobile two-way communication system is the best solution. But sometimes, a two-way collaboration system is not necessary, and a one-way system would be sufficient. In those instances, the LKR-11 and LKR-12, which launched in fall 2018, offer affordable receiver-only options.

The new LKR-11 Receiver Pro features volume control, crisp, clear audio, near field communication (NFC), a storage tray, software pairing and OLED digital display. Unlike the original LK-1 Transceiver, it only features one-way communication and does not have an internal mic or talk back button. The LKR-12 Receiver Basic is similar to the LKR-11, but does not feature NFC or the OLED digital display. The new receivers extend the flexibility of the ListenTALK system. Users start with one original ListenTALK LK-1 transceiver and add more transceivers or receivers as needed to suit their unique sound environment requirements and budget.

“We recognize that not every situation requires two-way communication, so we designed the LKR-11 and LKR-12 ListenTALK one-way receivers to be listen only while still providing the same great user experience and sound quality people have come to expect from Listen Technologies products,” said Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “At Listen Technologies, we’re committed to delivering personalized listening solutions that enable people to hear and engage in any environment, whether a space is small or large, quiet or noisy. Our new listen-only receivers provide clean, highly intelligible audio for any budget and when a two-way collaboration system is not required.”

The LKR-11 and LKR-12 receivers are ideal for college tours, corporate tours, factory tours, assistive listening, educational applications and much more. New accessories further extend the ListenTALK system’s flexibility and enhance the user experience in all applications.

Listen Technologies is showcasing the following ListenTALK accessories at ISE 2019 (booth 7-C192):

  • Protective Case: Protects units from dings, drops and wear (note: does not cover the screen).
  • Line/Headset Mix Cable: Allows leader to add a secondary audio source such as prerecorded music or messages from an MP3 player or similar.
  • Smartphone Cable: Enables ListenTALK to be connected to a smartphone to conference a third party.
  • Microphone Input / Headphone Output Cable: Allows the transmit and receive function to be split to connect to an external audio source.
  • AAA Battery Compartment: Can be used in place of rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Listen Technologies will be demonstrating the LKR-11 and LKR-12 receivers and showcasing its latest line of ListenTALK accessories at ISE 2019 at booth number 7-C192.

About Listen Technologies

Listen Technologies believes all people deserve to hear the world around them. The company’s assistive listening products equip users with the personalized solutions they need to listen and engage in environments where hearing is difficult, whether they are in a theme park, house of worship, tour group, theaters or other venue. Listen Technologies sets the standard for innovation as it develops products that minimize noise, distance, clashing conversations, hearing loss and other audio challenges. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com.

Media Contacts:

Carrie Keele

Listen Technologies

801-542-7750

carrie.keele@listentech.com

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

760-294-6958

press@listentech.com

Frijsenborg Boarding School Implements ListenTALK Education System

Two-way communication system fosters collaboration, enables greater inclusion of hearing-impaired students in the classroom

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 5, 2019 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 20 years, announced that Frijsenborg Boarding School, a Danish secondary school that specializes in accommodating students with hearing disabilities, has implemented ListenTALK in 16 classrooms. ListenTALK amplifies student and teacher voices and facilitates collaboration among hearing-impaired students, their classmates and teachers.

Frijsenborg needed to upgrade its amplifying systems and sought help from long-time partner Tonax, a Danish supplier of hearing technology and assistive listening devices. Tonax, in collaboration with distributor Lydrommet Denmark, proposed the ListenTALK two-way communication system featuring a small ergonomic transceiver (combined receiver/transmitter) that makes it easy for groups of two or more people to listen and talk with the push of a button.

ListenTALK can quickly be configured to allow for different groups (e.g., teacher and student, student and student, multiple students and teacher). One unit is used as a teacher’s microphone with an attached headset. The other units are for students – both hearing-impaired and typical-hearing students – to use as senders, receivers or both. The combined amplification of sound directly to the ears of hearing-impaired students with ListenTALK (through a neck loop that transmits to Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids or standard headphones) and classroom sound field system speakers enables hearing-impaired students to clearly hear everything that is being communicated in the classroom and to engage in discussion with teachers and peers.

“ListenTALK is a simple and very effective system that helps our hearing-impaired students hear what is being said in the classroom,” said Rasmus Bejder, a teacher at Frijsenborg Boarding School. “The fact that each ListenTALK unit is simultaneously a sender and a receiver makes it much easier for everybody. We never have the problem of a student forgetting his or her personal receiver. When arriving in the classroom, students can use any unit as their receiver, just by attaching a neck loop.”

Frijsenborg teachers like that a ListenTALK unit can be used as a “teacher” microphone and find it reassuring that they could continue a lesson within minutes (with minimal disruption to class) if a teacher transceiver needed to recharge. Users cite the ability to easily form new groups by pairing units together as another highlight. ListenTALK is flexible and can be used beyond the classroom for field trips, theatrical productions, transportation and campus administration. The system’s plug and play design means it does not require any installation – the ListenTALK units simply store and charge in a tray when they are not being used.

“The mobility of the ListenTALK system is a plus,” added Bejder. “If we want to split up the students in two or three groups during an excursion, we simply transform three units into teacher units and connect a certain number of units to each teacher’s unit. Within a few seconds, we have created more than one group.”

“Listen Technologies is thrilled that Frijsenborg is benefitting from ListenTALK and using the system to help students with hearing impairments hear sound clearly so they are able to fully engage in learning and discussion with their teachers and peers,” said Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies.

Listen Technologies will be demonstrating ListenTALK at ISE 2019 at booth number 7-C192.

About Listen Technologies

Listen Technologies believes all people deserve to hear the world around them. The company’s assistive listening products equip users with the personalized solutions they need to listen and engage in environments where hearing is difficult, whether they are in a theme park, house of worship, tour group, theaters or other venue. Listen Technologies sets the standard for innovation as it develops products that minimize noise, distance, clashing conversations, hearing loss and other audio challenges. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com.

Media Contacts:

Carrie Keele

Listen Technologies

801-542-7750

carrie.keele@listentech.com

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

760-294-6958

press@listentech.com