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Assisted listening devices are now available at Las Cruces Museums for public programs thanks to donations and foresight from the Las Cruces Progress Club and Foundation for Las Cruces Museums. The addition of the assisted listening devices (ALD) makes the programs at the museums more accessible to the growing number of people in the community with hearing loss.
“Many senior citizens lose their hearing which affects their ability to benefit from social gatherings. It is estimated that as many as 30 percent of seniors have some degree of hearing loss. Young children who also suffer from hearing loss need accommodations so they can participate in learning activities,” said GFWC Progress Club board member Rebecca Courtney. “The GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces partnered with the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums and raised funds to help the museums obtain FM hearing systems. These ALDs will allow many visitors with hearing loss to participate in museum activities. Our museum system is an educational jewel in Las Cruces, and the Progress Club was honored to be able to help.”
All City of Las Cruces museums now have assisted listening devices available during public programming. These devices, either headphones or a neck loop that works with T-Coil-equipped hearing aids can be checked out from the front desk of the museum hosting a program. For more details about the assisted listening devices, contact the museum at 541-2154 or museums_ education@ las- cruces. org.
The Museums of Nature and Science, Art and Branigan Cultural Center are located Downtown on North Main Street and the Railroad Museum is at 351 N. Mesilla St. The museums are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday with extended hours on Thursday to 8:00 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.