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Approximately 200 persons who are hearing impaired will for the first time experience the beauty of symphonic music through visual effects. 1. Tally the number of persons who are hearing impaired who participate. 2. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester will assist in evaluating the effects on the hearing impaired. 2: People who are hearing impaired will participate in the classical music concert experience. Survey of the hearing impaired concert goers will be assessed and shared with Mayo Clinic researchers for evaluation to determine value of Symphonic Vision in providing a quality live classical concert experience for people with hearing impairments.
Extrapolations from surveys answered by the audience suggested there were 30-35 hearing impaired individuals in attendance, far more than ever before. Without the partnership of an established institution for the hearing-impaired, audience surveys became the primary method of evaluation. Surveys were included in the programs for both the Saturday and the Sunday performance. Some 227 surveys were completed. Extrapolating from those surveys based on the total number of concertgoers led to the findings articulated above. 2: More people attended these concerts than usual, especially from the two target audience groups: youth and hearing-impaired. The technology used also clearly attracted more of the general public. Surveys taken at both performances (and distributed with concerts programs) were completed by approximately 29% of the audience, a larger percentage than usually occurs. Therefore it can be concluded that the survey results indicate a more reliable evaluation of effects than is often the case.
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