Hearing loss in Philadelphia | Be part of the conversation

Contributed by | Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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It’s almost impossible to get any more American than Philadelphia, Penn. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed there; the Liberty Bell is on display there. Benjamin Franklin is one of the city’s most historic residents. And the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art were part of Sylvester Stallone’s workout routine in the movie "Rocky."

Philly is home to the nation’s first hospital (Philadelphia hospital, 1751), first university (University of Pennsylvania, 1740) and first zoo (Philadelphia Zoo, 1874). The City of Brotherly Love is also very hearing friendly. As a matter of fact, if Benjamin Franklin was a hearing aid user and came back to life for a visit, here are just a few of the places he’d want to explore.

hearing loss in philadelphia
Philadelphia is known for a lot of 
different tourist spots, but there are
that go above and beyond for people
with hearing loss!

Museums

Franklin Institute Science Museum

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, Penn. 19103

215-448-1200

Leave it to one of Philadelphia’s most storied inventors and revered Philadelphia residents to have a museum named after him that promotes hand-on science exploration. Twelve core exhibits, many of them interactive, are ready for you to experience. Current exhibits include Your Brain, The Giant Heart, Electricity and Changing Earth.

Assistive listening devices are available for use in all of the museum’s theaters. Headsets are distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Atrium Information Desk. Rear Window Closed Captioning is available in the back of the Planetarium. Stop by the Information Desk for a listing of show times. ASL interpretation is available with a three week advance request.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, Penn. 19130

215-763-8100

If you love art, you’ll want to plan a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the United States. Collections include more than 227,000 European and American paintings, prints, drawings and decorative art.

FM assistive listening devices are available for guided tours and for programs in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Sign language interpreters are available free of charge with a two weeks’ notice.

The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Penn., 19130

215-272-7200

Art aficionados will appreciate a visit to the Barnes Foundation, where the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early modern art resides. Explore more than 3,000 pieces, including pieces from Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Assistive listening devices are available in the auditorium and with the Collection Gallery audio tour. Headsets and t-coil loops are distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis at the audio tour distribution location or from a Visitors Services Assistant.

Historic Attractions

Independence National Historic Park

Philadelphia, Penn. 19106

215-965-2305

Start your walking tour at Independence Hall (it’s free but you’ll need a ticket) and work your way over to see the Liberty Bell and Declaration House where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Open captions are available on all Independence National Historic Park films shown inside Theaters I and II; assistive listening devices and a portable loop system are also available upon request at the National Park Service Desk. ASL interpretation is available upon request 14 days prior to your visit.

Quiet dining

Zagat lists 29 Philadelphia restaurants suitable for quiet conversation.

Vedge

1221 Locust Street

Patrons claim this vegetarian restaurant will make you “love every vegetable you ever hated.” Located in a restored townhouse with exceptional service. Plan to pay an average of $60 for your meal.

Talula’s Garden

210 West Washington Square

Farm-to-table combinations are on the pricey side ($66); however, patrons describe it as a "foodie destination with novel flavors that will have you licking your plate."

M Restaurant

231 South 8th Street

Expect to find friendly service, and delicious, creative American fare at M Restaurant, located in the historic Morris House Hotel in Washington Square West. Average plates cost $64 unless you order from the happy hour menu or $35 pre-theatre prix fixe.

Hearing Associations

If you’re planning to relocate or want to get involved in hearing health advocacy, take a look at becoming involved with the following organizations.

Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association

700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708, Pittsburgh, Penn. 15237

412-366-9858

The PSHA was founded in 1960 and is composed of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and teachers of the hearing impaired. The represent member interest in the legislature, recommend standards for training and practice and work to inform the public about career opportunities in the field of communication disorders.

Hearing Loss Association of America Pennsylvania State Office

610-535-8117

Members are advocates for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. They host lunch and learn programs, work to encourage art and entertainment venues to offer assistive listening and closed captioning options, provide scholarships and plan the annual Walk4Hearing fundraiser.

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