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DSO launches new hearing assistance system for Orchestra Hall concerts, thanks to generosity of Michigan Ear Institute

Sennheiser MobileConnect system is state-of-the-art; will allow patrons to use their own Bluetooth devices or borrow a kit from the DSO

Detroit, (June 5, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Michigan Ear Institute are proud to announce the installation of a new, state-of-the-art hearing assistance system in Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Sennheiser MobileConnect is a closed circuit, WiFi-enabled system that streams high-quality audio to Bluetooth devices connected to headphones. Patrons can use their own devices (like smartphones or tablets) and headphones by connecting to the Sennheiser MobileConnect app or borrow a device and/or earbuds from the DSO’s Patron Services desk.

The system’s installation was funded by a generous gift from Michigan Ear Institute, one of the nation’s leading surgical groups specializing in hearing, dizziness, inner ear, skull base, and facial nerve disorders in adults and children.

Dr. Dennis Bojrab, an ENT-otolaryngologist at Michigan Ear Institute, has dedicated his life to helping people with hearing loss. As a longtime patron of the DSO, he also wanted to include his patients in the symphony experience. “The hearing assistance system is the perfect harmony of music and medicine,” he says. “It brings such positive energy to Detroit by sharing the sound of music with people, who might not otherwise have that opportunity. We’re honored to be part of the DSO’s community outreach to and inclusion of people with hearing loss.”

The DSO aims to be the most accessible orchestra in the world and earlier this year partnered with other Southeast Michigan cultural institutions to form the Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility. The Sennheiser MobileConnect system is an upgrade from the DSO’s previous hearing assistance apparatus . The Sennheiser MobileConnect system is an upgrade from the DSO’s previous hearing assistance apparatus.

Sennheiser MobileConnect is available to anyone for all programming in Orchestra Hall.

The public may email info@dso.org or call the DSO Box Office at (313) 576-5111 for more information about the MobileConnect system and the DSO’s accessibility offerings.

About Michigan Ear Institute

The Michigan Ear Institute is one of the nation’s leading surgical groups specializing in hearing, dizziness, inner ear, skull base, and facial nerve disorders in adults and children.

Our professional staff comprises a highly skilled, experienced team of otologists, neurotologists, and audiologists who have earned national and international recognition for their outstanding diagnostic, surgical, and research achievements.

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality, dignified care for our patients, and to advancing the level of medical research and education devoted to the understanding and treatment of the disease affecting the ear and its related structures.

We encourage professional referrals to the Institute, and welcome the opportunity to participate with our professional colleagues in achieving results and improving the quality of life for our patients.

About the DSO 

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. 

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For Press Inquiries, please contact:

Ben Breuninger
Public Relations Coordinator
bbreuninger@dso.org | 313.576.5196