As New Yorkers, we proudly claim our city to be the best in the land, full of opportunity and promise. Those of us with hearing loss have every reason to feel the same way. Forbes named New York City as the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Thanks in large part to the ever-increasing number of places featuring “induction loop” systems, New York offers an abundance of opportunity to better hear the sounds of the city.
In New York, hearing aids also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, personalized sound through these loop systems. Theatres, museums, subway information booths, places of worship, auditoriums and even taxis improve listening experiences throughout the five boroughs and metro area. Loop systems magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids with telecoils (T-coils), enabling hard-of-hearing New Yorkers to better process the world of sound around them, bringing the city more fully to life.
The hustle-and-bustle of the holidays – and the background noises that come with them – can make it difficult for those with hearing loss to keep up with conversations at parties and large gatherings. Fortunately, there are many venues and special events in New York that keep this in mind and help you make the most of the holiday season.
Venues with hearing access advancements include:
A growing number of public facilities are installing hearing loops. It’s important to remember that most places have loops installed in limited areas rather than the entire building.
MTA Subway System Station Booths
While hearing access varies, many museums offer hearing induction loops for theatres, service desks and videos. Videos might have captioning, but CART and American Sign Language captioning is offered for live performances or lectures with advanced notice. Some museums with hearing access include:
American Museum of Natural History
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Most theatres now offer receivers and neck loops for the hearing impaired. But many of us prefer hearing induction loops since no receiver is needed for users with telecoil hearing instruments. Broadway and off-Broadway theatres with hearing induction loops include:
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center
Places of worship
Regardless of faith, all individuals should have the opportunity to connect with a spiritual community. Because services are full of symbolic tales and religious texts can be complex, it might be difficult for people with hearing loss to follow along. Places of worship with hearing loss accommodations include:
International Baptist Church Stony Brook
Heritage Baptist Church New York City
Metropolitan Community Church of New York
If you’re experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to get your hearing checked and discover all of the services Audio Help offers to help you hear New York City better. Schedule a consultation today with Audio Help in Manhattan, Scarsdale or Stamford online, or call us directly at 888-832-9966.