Janice Schacter is a one woman power house. A fervent advocate for the hard of hearing, her goal is to make every museum, theater, stadium, subway information booth and even taxi in New York City accessible for people who wear hearing aids or who have a cochlear implant.
For Janice, this is more than just a job. Janice’s passion was born out of a mother’s love. Janice’s 15-year-old daughter, Arielle, was diagnosed with a hearing loss at age two and a half. Living in the culturally rich city of New York, Janice grew frustrated when her daughter struggled to understand a museum guide, the actors on stage or the dialogue of a movie even when wearing her hearing aids. Determined to make a change, Janice began researching and found that museums, theaters and arenas could provide better hearing access without completely overhauling their sound systems. Relatively cheap technology like the induction loop, a coil placed around a room that wirelessly transmits amplified sound to a hearing aid, could make a huge difference.