Vacations should be carefree and fun whether you have hearing loss or not. Hearing loss does not mean that you and your family have to miss out on anything the world has to offer. More spots than ever are accommodating to those with hearing loss and hearing aids, especially those with telecoil-enabled hearing aids. Telecoil work together with hearing loops (also called induction loops, they are a long wire that circles a room and transmits sound) in order to amplify sound directly to your hearing aids. Keep reading to find out more about these fascinating destinations!
The Happiest Place on Earth
Disney theme parks are famous for their hospitality and inclusiveness, and that extends to those with hearing aids. Disneyland and Disney World both offer hearing loops or amplifying headphones on many attractions and shows, including the Country Bear Jamboree, the Hall of Presidents, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Other services provided by Disney include reflective closed captioning, sing language interpreters, and custom guide maps.
The Big Apple—Perfect for Telecoil!
Whether you’re going into the city for a day trip or it’s your first time visiting the Big Apple, New York City has many different attractions that are equipped for those who want to take advantage of their telecoils. Museums are a great respite for people who have hearing loss, since they are normally quiet and do not require very much listening—you’re there to see and feel. At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), all theaters, lobby desks, and audio guide desks are equipped with induction loops that will transmit directly to your telecoil and make communication with the staff much easier. If art isn’t really your speed, the American Museum of Natural History also has induction loops for those with a telecoil in certain exhibitions and theaters.
There are many other attractions in New York City that are equipped with hearing loops. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has hearing loops on their tram tours so you can enjoy the tour worry-free. Yankee Stadium also has about fifty hearing loop locations, and you can also request telecoil-compatible neck loops in order to hear the game announcer. All the subway station booths are also equipped with hearing loops, so you can talk to station managers. Several Broadway theaters, including the Gershwin and the Richard Rodgers theaters, are telecoil-enabled so that you can enjoy a musical or play.
The Land Down Under
If you’re looking to take an international trip, Sydney, Australia is a great place for people with hearing loss. The Museum of Contemporary Art, located in The Rocks historic distract, has hearing loops in several of its theaters and education rooms. The iconic Sydney Opera House, a marvel of modern engineering, also offers complimentary radio headsets during their tours that are compatible with telecoils.
Using hearing aids does not mean you can’t enjoy a vacation—in fact, if you take advantage of all the places that provided services for those with hearing loss, it can make your trip even better! Plan to check out these top destinations with telecoil-enabled attractions, or be adventurous and find your own!