Hearing loss in Houston | Be part of the conversation
Once just a bunch of swampland, Houston is now the United States’ fourth largest city, with Texas-sized prominence in aerospace, oil, shipping and finance. Hang out in the historic Downtown filled with top-notch theatres and museums, visit the Johnson Space Center or take in an Astros or Rockets game in their respective sporting facilities.
There’s a lot to choose from in Houston, so we’ve selected some of the best venues with services for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pack a bag and go for the weekend — everything is bigger in Texas!
Art and culture
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77005
If you’re a fine arts aficionado, you’ll want to plan a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest museums in the United States. The MFAH is known for its notable antiquity and modern art, films, programs and sculpture garden.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation can be arranged for any public program with a two weeks’ (minimum) advance notice and is subject to availability. Assistive listening devices are available for use during gallery programs with a three days’ advance notice by calling 713-639-7319. ALDs for lectures, films and other programs in the Brown Auditorium Theater can be obtained from any staff person. Transcripts of the Guide by Cell Audio Tour for temporary exhibitions are available at the Guest Services desks in the Law and Beck Building lobbies.
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Delight in the sounds of the Houston Symphony at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, a monument to the memory of Jesse Holman Jones. Jones was a key player in FDR’s cabinet during America’s recovery from the Great Depression, a Houston builder, owner of the Houston Chronicle and a prime mover in the dredging of the Houston Ship Channel. Today, the theatre bearing his name is just as diverse, providing more than 250 events annually which are attended by more than 400,000 visitors.
FM assistive headsets are available in the lobby at no charge for each performance. Ask an usher for assistance. Their TDD telephone number is 713-250-4844
501 Crawford St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Houston Astros fans will feel right at home in Minute Maid Park, Houston’s first retractable-roofed stadium which also features a grass field. Even if there isn’t a game going on while you’re in town, you can still shop in the Astros Team Store or take a one hour tour through the ballpark to see locations such as Historic Union Station, the broadcasting booth, press box, luxury suite, dugout, bullpen and manual scoreboard — as well as take a field lap!
Closed Captioning for Astros ballgames is available upon request by calling 886-239-1284.
1510 Polk St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Take in a Houston Rockets game, see popular entertainers in concert or cheer on your favorite WWE fighter at the Toyota Center, a multi-purpose venue located in downtown Houston. Check the website for details of upcoming events.
Assistive Listening Device receivers are provided free of charge for all events and available at any Guest Relations or concierge location. Closed captioning and ASL interpretation is available with 72 hours advanced notice by calling 713-758-7200.
Quiet conversation restaurants
Want to take a break from the action and grab a bit? Zagat.com reviewers have listed these restaurants for their good food as well as their quiet atmosphere.
3011 Smith St.
Houston, Texas 77006
Wistful for an old-fashioned dining experience? Try Damian’s, where fresh ingredients play a major role in delivering wonderful meals. This upscale Midtown Italian restaurant even has a shuttle to the Theater District!
955 ½ Dairy Ashford St.
Houston, Texas 77079
Travel a little bit and you can eat in this West Houston chophouse that’s been popular with Texas’ famous oil tycoons for three decades. Patrons say the excellent steaks and extensive wine list make it worth the drive.
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Bethany United Methodist Church
3511 Linkwood Drive
Houston, Texas 77025
HLAA Houston meets every second Saturday of each month (except June and December) and provides support and advocacy for people with hearing loss. Meetings are open to the public.
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