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Washington Pavilion installing hearing loop

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It's quite the undertaking. Stringing wire in between every other seat and installing a hearing loop that helps people with impairments.

"This one goes right into your hearing. I don't have to go look for anything. I just press a button on my hearing aid and it's there. It's changed, and it's just the sound I need," said Steve Walsh from Minnesota Hearing Loops.

Clear, direct sound is just what the 1,800 seat Mary W. Sommervold Hall needed.

"We thought the Pavilion would be the perfect place for this. It's a multi-use facility that many thousands of people attend every year. It's one of Sioux Falls premier attraction area for all kinds of performances. We thought looping the Mary Sommervold Hall would be a great way to give back to the community," said Michael Wyland from the Sioux Falls Sertoma club.

For the past couple of years, Sioux Falls' three Sertoma chapters have been raising money for this hearing loop project.

"Our goal is to do projects like looping the hall so that more people can enjoy the benefits of hearing in the Sioux Falls community," said Wyland.

For those that struggle to hear, performances can often be too much to take in.

"For many people it's the difference between coming and not."

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