Classic rock band Styx is wrapping up a tour behind its first record in more than a decade. "The Mission," a concept album, tells the story of a mission to Mars in 2033. Fitting, then, that the band responsible for such a futuristic theme would pair up with a hearing-aid company to stream the first live rock concert directly to fans with impaired hearing.
On Aug. 22, the band will perform the final show of its summer tour in Holmdel, N.J. Wearers of Oticon's internet-connected hearing aid, Opn (pronounced "open"), can experience this concert live, via their hearing aids, from home. "This has never been done before. We'll be able to reach some fans that may not have been able to hear Styx well for a while," band manager Charlie Brusco said.
Styx and crew tested the technology at the end of July from their soundboard at their Austin show two days after playing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Brusco said. It went off without a hitch.
Want to tune in?
Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, 12900 Queensbury, invites anyone with the Oticon Opn hearing aid to call or come by for a quick tutorial on how to stream Styx's Aug. 22 concert. Schedule a walk-through at 832-410-1416.
Check your hearing
Audiologists recommend getting a baseline hearing test at age 55. If hearing is normal, it should be checked every two years. If you've experienced hearing loss, a yearly check is suggested. Want to tune in? Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, 12900 Queensbury, invites anyone with the Oticon Opn hearing aid to call or come by for a quick tutorial on how to stream Styx's Aug. 22 concert. Schedule a walk-through at 832-410-1416.
Opn wearers can contact their hearing care professional for instructions on listening to the concert feed via Bluetooth on any Apple device. "I like to think of it as 3-D or HD hearing," said Jana Austin, owner of Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in west Houston.