Closed-Captioning Glasses allow people with hearing loss to enjoy the the movies!


Going to the movies is a very fun activity for most people. However, it is more of an ordeal than a fun time for people that have hearing loss. They are usually not able to enjoy a movie until it is released on video so that they can see all of the different captions. Fortunately, there has been extensive research into glasses that can provide captions for people in real time. We will take a look at one of the latest forms of these glasses to hit the market.

Design Concept

These glasses have been in design for several years, culminating in the final product that has been a source of great pride for Randy Smith. He is the chief administrative officer at Regal Cinemas, the company that is implementing the Sony Entertainment Access Glasses. He has a son that has suffered from hearing impairment, and he has long hoped to give him the ability to go to movies without special circumstances. It took many years, but this final product looks poised to have a great effect on the market.

Fitting Comfortably

Another one of the benefits that are offered by these Access Glasses is the fact that they are made to fit everyone comfortably, no matter the size of their head. These glasses also come with the ability to fit over one’s glasses, meaning you do not have to sacrifice sight for comfort. The receivers for the captioning signal are on both sides of the glasses, and are made to be as lightweight as possible for prolonged wearing.

Finding Theaters With Them

Right now, there are 6,000 screens across the United States that are featuring the Access Glasses. They can only be found at Regal Cinemas at the present time, and any further plans to expand on the implementation is completely dependent on their performance. This data will likely be collected at the end of summer, and has left many people with a sense of hope that they will be more widely available.

The Way They Function

These Access Glasses offer several interesting benefits in terms of their use in a theater. They can be adjusted for lighter and darker rooms, but can also have the angle changed so that the user can view captions anywhere in the audience. It is recommended by most people that the user sit in the middle of the theater for optimal results.

After the configuration process, the sensors on the glasses will have information fed to them from a signal that will sync the captions viewed by the wearer to the movie. The final result is closed captions floating several feet in front of the user, allowing a complete movie experience.