If you’re planning a night out on the town, there are a variety of activities to choose from with many venues offering hearing-friendly accommodations. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect night out for you!
Research your options
Start by making a plan. Contact venues ahead of time and inquire about the types of listening devices or captioning devices offered to guests with hearing loss.
You might need to make reservations in advance for certain seats or accommodations, so be sure to inquire about this during the conversation.
Selecting a venue and hearing-loss-friendly accommodation
For a hearing-loss-friendly night out, consider one of the following options:
- Museums: Whether it’s art or history, a museum in your community is a great choice for a night of fun and knowledge. Museums are also typically quieter and often supply assistive listening devices for guests with hearing loss. Contact the venue to see if it offers induction loop hearing systems, or other devices, such as headsets or neckloops. Some may even have printed materials to accompany guided tours.
- Live theater: The theater community at large makes an effort to ensure that its performances are available to a wide audience, including those with hearing loss. Theaters that seat more than 50 people are required to provide some form of hearing assistance, such as a handheld captioning devices, infrared hearing systems or stage-mounted caption displays. Contact the venue ahead of time to see what accommodations are available and to see if you need to make a reservation. If you are considering a show at a smaller venue, you may want to confirm that some form of assistance is available before buying your ticket.
- Concerts: If you plan to attend a concert or other loud performance, plan ahead and bring ear plugs that will protect your hearing while still allowing you to enjoy the sound. For a less noisy concert, such as a symphony performance, you will likely find assistive listening devices similar to those offered at live theater shows. Call ahead to reserve one for yourself.
- Movie theaters: Many movie theaters offer a variety of options to help those with hearing loss enjoy the film, including handheld captioning devices and assistive listening devices. Some venues also offer captioned viewings. Captioned showings can be limited, so be sure to call ahead and make sure the time works for you.
- Sporting events: From football stadiums to hockey arenas, many sporting venues have handheld captioning devices available for patrons. Others have stadium-mounted caption displays or headphones that receive audio information.
With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy an evening out on the town with your loved ones no matter your preferred activity.