Hearing loss in Rochester | Be part of the conversation
If you’re planning a visit to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region or Niagara Falls, consider making Rochester your home base. Not only is it centrally located to both, Rochester itself boasts more than 100 family-friendly attractions, 12,000 acres of parkland and 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries to tour.
Whether Rochester is your final destination, or just a stop on the way to one of New York’s other amazing attractions, there’s something for everyone in the Flower City — especially for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Theater and the Arts
Patron services at the Rochester Broadway Theater League include FM Hearing Assistance Systems (no cost) and sign interpretation at Thursday evening subscription performances. Each Sunday matinee subscription performance of the Broadway Season offers open captioning.
The Dryden Theater is outfitted with a state-of-the-art hearing loop system, courtesy of the Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. The theater shows films from museums and global archives, plus foreign and indie works.
Napa Valley of the East
Take a tour off the beaten path to visit some of New York wineries. Known as the Napa Valley of the East, the region is home to some of the country's best wines.
Twenty-six wineries along the shores of Seneca Lake invite you to taste their individual and unique expressions.
Enjoy spectacular scenery, fine wine and unique shopping along this western edge of the Finger Lakes Wine Region.
These 13 wineries have the distinction of being on the first wine trail in New York, and were the model for other wine trails in New York and around the country.
Looking for a quiet place to grab a bite to eat? These establishments, compiled by the Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, may be just what you’re looking for — especially if you find it difficult to hear the conversation in a noisy environment. Please remember: sound levels can vary depending on the time of day, so try to avoid busy times of the day and request a table in a quieter part of the restaurant.
263 Park Avenue
Small, upscale restaurant with excellent food and service. Reservations accepted.
500 University Avenue
If you’re visiting the Rochester Art Gallery, make reservations to eat lunch or dinner here. The small restaurant is located inside the Gallery and serves reasonably priced meals in attractive surrounding with good acoustics.
658 Park Avenue
Small, family-owned restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices.
Do you have a student who is deaf or hard of hearing in your family? Why not combine the sightseeing with a campus trip to one of Rochester’s two major educational institutions for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Rochester Institute of Technology
More than 15,000 undergraduate students, including 1,200 who are deaf or hard of hearing, come to this campus every year. U.S. News and World Reports listed RIT as one of America’s Best College Values. Their primary mission is to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with state-of-the-art technical and professional education programs which prepare them to work in a mainstream global community.
Preschool through 12th grade students who are deaf and hard of hearing are immersed in an interactive communication environment at RSD. Their educational program includes the development of spoken and written English as well as American Sign Language.
Associations and websites
The Rochester Chapter of the HLAA is one of the oldest local HLAA chapters in the country. They meet once a month, fundraise and work toward the common goal of opening up the world of communication to individuals who don’t hear well.
Visit the Deaf Rochy website for a listing of community events, as well as job postings and resources for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Finding hearing loss help
Are you in Rochester and considering hearing aids? Visit our extensive list of hearing healthcare professionals in Rochester to start your journey to better hearing!