After its initial installation, gallery staff observed visitor interaction and received feedback on areas for improvement.
With WorkSafeBC content experts, our Exhibits team co-developed new scripts, soundscapes, software, hardware, and graphics. These updates better reflect what NIHL feels and sounds like for an individual.
Nicole Vieira, the Curator of Tinkering Space, says the updates simulate more familiar soundscapes of nature, classroom, and a construction site. "This really helps visitors connect to their own lived experiences and truly see the impact that NIHL could have on their lives.”
The renewals, completed at the end of November, also provide visitors more opportunities for experimentation and self-discovery.
Michael says this increased tactical engagement will encourage the emotional, knowledge-based, and practical experiences that lead to change. For example, if a visitor still wears earplugs in loud spaces after six months, the exhibit achieved one of its goals.
"We hope people leave Hear Here with their health, happiness and future in mind,” says Michael. “And that they’re empowered to take new actions to protect themselves.”
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