Hearing loss in Sacramento | Be part of the conversation
Built during the Gold Rush of 1848, Sacramento is one of the most historic cities in California, as well as the state’s capital city. Time Magazine named Sacramento America’s most diverse city in 2002, and a recent study published by priceconomics.com ranked Sacramento as the second most integrated major city in the United States (Oakland was first). Its many nicknames include the “City of Trees,” “The Big Tomato,” and “The Camella Capital of the World.” Locals usually call it “Sac” or “Sactown.” â
No matter what you call it, you’ll find an impressive array of historic landmarks, more than 270 state parks, interesting museums and plenty of entertainment venues in Sacramento. If you have hearing loss, consider using the following list of attractions with hearing services as a stepping stone to all the amenities this historic city has to offer.
Art and culture
CMT is Sacramento’s oldest professional performing arts organization and California’s largest nonprofit musical theater company. Sacramento Music Theater, launched in 1951, was the first professional musical theatre-in-the-round west of the Mississippi and only the fourth in the entire country. Performers such as Madeline Kahn, Joel Grey and Eileen Brennan used Sacramento Music Circus as a training ground to success in Broadway, film and television. Since 2003, Music Circus productions are indoor at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, yet still stays true to the tradition of tent theater in the round.
Broadway Sacramento attracts more than 150,000 patrons annually. Upcoming shows include Pippin (Dec. 29, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016), Disney’s the Little Mermaid (Feb. 2 through Feb. 7, 2016), The Book of Mormon (March 9 through March 20, 2016) and Disney’s Newsies (Apr. 12 through April 17, 2016).
Sign language interpretation is available on the final Sunday performance of each production and open captioning is available on the final Friday evening performance of each production at Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento. Hearing assistive devices are available at every performance. A driver’s license or other form of identification will be held as deposit until the device is returned.
216 O Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Established in 1885, the Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum founded in the Western United States and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The museum’s collections include Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art. General admission is $10 for adults, seniors (65 and older), college students and military are $8. Admission is free on the third Sunday of the month.
Sign language interpretation is available with a three weeks’ advance notice by calling the education department at 916-808-1182. Assistive listening devices are available for use at lectures and performances from the admission desk.
1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95815
If you’re looking for a place to cool off, plan a trip to Raging Waters, Sacramento’s largest water park which features more than 25 rides, slides and pools. The park is located at Cal Expo off of Capital City Freeway at Exposition Boulevard. A TTY is available. Contact guest services for assistance.
1 Sports Pkwy.
Sacramento, California 95834
Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena is more than just home to the Sacramento Kings (NBA), it’s also an event facility where you can see performers such as Juan Gabriel, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber. The facility, which opened in 1988 is located five minutes north of downtown Sacramento near the northeast corner of Interstate 5 and Interstate 80.
Sign language interpretation is available with a seven day advance notice by calling the Sleep Train Arena Box office at 916-928-6900.
Hearing loss organizations and education facilities
The Office of Deaf Access (ODA)
744 P Street, MS 8-16-91
Sacramento, California 95814
The ODA was created to administer the state’s Deaf Access Program (DAP) which addresses the communication needs of people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened. Their online directory provides contact information for programs and services within California and the United States.
11100 Coloma Road
Rancho Cordova, California 95670
This unique auditory/oral school’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and develop spoken language. Programs include
- Baby and Me Programs
- Toddler, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Programs
- Kindergarten and Primary Grade Programs
- Mainstream Support Programs
- Extended School Year Program
- Extracurricular Programs
- Parent Support and Education
Hearing healthcare professionals
In addition to hearing loss friendly venues and organizations, Sacramento also has a number of hearing care professionals ready to help you treat your hearing loss! Use the Healthy Hearing directory to find a hearing healthcare professional in Sacramento!