Hearing loss in Cincinnati | Be part of the conversation

Contributed by | Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Cincinnati has a lot to offer, including 
this peacock at the Cincinnati Zoo and 
Botanical Gardens. Let the city show you 
its feathers by planning ahead of time; 
many main attractions accommodate 
people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

If you’re looking for things to do in the Buckeye State, consider the plethora of options in Cincinnati. Located in the southern tip of Ohio, this “Pearl of the West” is a hub for sports, cultural and river activities, microbreweries, wineries and amusement parks. And, thanks to Cincinnati’s location, you can cross the borders into Indiana or Kentucky at will.

Sound like fun? Here’s the best part: Cincinnati is a friendly city for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here are just a few of the attractions we found with hearing assistive services or activities.

Attractions

King’s Island

6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040  

513-754-5700

Can’t get to Disney? No worries! King’s Island is the biggest amusement and water park in the Midwest with rides, attractions and entertainment for all ages. Guests with mild to moderate hearing loss will benefit from assistive listening systems in some of the live entertainment venues. American Sign Language interpretation is available with one week advanced notice. A TTY is available at Guest Services for guests who need to use a telephone.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  

513-281-4700

As the second oldest zoo in the United States, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature and serving the community. Although you don’t need any hearing assistance to enjoy watching the animals play in their exhibits, the annual Deaf Zoo Day is an opportunity for the deaf and hard of hearing community to enjoy the zoo through American Sign Language interpreted zoo exhibits and shows. The event, an outreach offered by the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center (HSDC), usually occurs in April. For more information, visit the HSDC website.

Great American Ballpark

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  

513-381-7337

What trip to Cincinnati would be complete without taking in a baseball game at the Great American Ballpark, located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati? The ballpark officially opened for the 2003 season and serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise. Assistive listening devices are available from any Fan Accommodation Station at the ballpark.

Arts and Culture

Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  

513-721-2787

Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the country. The museum is located in scenic Eden Park and features more than 65,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to the exhibits, patrons enjoy a variety of art-related activities, programs and special events. Admission is free. Hearing assistive services include a free monthly tour of a Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit, given by a docent and accompanied by an ASL interpreter on the third Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Reservations are required.

Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 

513-621-2787

Historic Music Hall is located in the heart of the revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and is home to the Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and May Festival. The Bahmann Foundation provides Sennheiser HDI 302 infrared headsets for those with hearing loss. The devices are available at the coat room in the Foyer of the auditorium at no charge.

Organizations

Hearing Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)

2825 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219  

513-221-0527

This nonprofit organization serves individuals with hearing loss, speech disorders and the deaf. Their Humana ASL Health Library provides health related ASL videos, DVDs and books as well as computer access for members of the deaf community who may not have Internet access in their homes. Community outreach includes sponsoring activities such as an annual Deaf Day at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game and Deaf Zoo Day at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Deaf Choice, Inc.

7723 Tylers Place Blvd. #279, West Chester, Ohio 45069  

513-608-1695

While most Cincinnati attractions offer assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, there may be some which do not. In those cases, you might consider hiring a Deaf Choice interpreter to accompany you. Services include interpretation, captioning and advocacy services in community venues such as medical offices, business and government settings, workshops and public seminars.

Cincinnati will welcome you with “cityscapes, river views, rolling hills and endless things to do,” but before you plan your day out remember it’s always a good idea to call the venues you to make sure they can accommodate your special requests, especially if it involves ASL interpretation or other assistance.

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