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The third annual Hearing Tech Expo has commitments from 45 exhibitors who will be representing many state-of-the-art tech- nologies and support systems that can help a person restore lost hearing, organizers say. The free event will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manatee Technical Institute (MTI), located at 6305 State Road 70 in Bradenton, just 1 mile west of Interstate 75 and exit 217B, a news release says. "Fourteen leading experts will provide sem- inars to round out the most comprehensive educational experience for those with hearing loss in Florida," the release adds. The recently opened Manatee Technical Institute's Cantrell Hall "is a cutting-edge facility dedicated to developing new practitioners in numerous technological fields," the release adds. Among the exhibitors will be the three lead- ing cochlear implant manufacturers, the top two assistive listening device suppliers and the three leading phone providers, the release notes. The latter also provide many free captioned and amplified phones for Florida residents with hearing loss, it says. Additionally, the Regal Entertainment Group and Sony "will team up to offer live demon- strations of the Sony Captioned Glasses," which are providing captions on virtually all movies shown at Regal's more than 6,000 theatres, including Sarasota's Hollywood 20 and Bradenton's Oakmont 8, the release points out. Free hearing and health screenings will be provided as well, the release says. Among the seminars, 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Hearing "will teach how to take advantage of all the new technologies" at more than 100 theaters, movie houses, houses of worship and community centers in the Sarasota and Manatee counties, "which have made the area the most 'hearing-friendly' in the country," the release adds. The Hearing Tech Expo is sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America- Sarasota Chapter. For the seminar schedule, visit wp-content/uploads/2014/Expo/Expo-2014- Seminars.pdf. For more information, contact expo@hlas. org or 706-4312. MARCH 8 EXPO TO FEATURE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES TO AID HEARING Assistive listening devices are provided at many locations, including cinemas, in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Image provided by the State of Rhode Island via Wikimedia Commons Sarasota News Leader February 28, 2014 Page 73

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