Hearing loss in Tampa | Be part of the conversation
Whether you love the ocean and sandy beaches, family-friendly activities, major league sports or the flavor of multi-cultural influences, Tampa has a lot to offer. The third largest city in Florida is home to four major professional teams, a strong Latino population and a variety of fun things to do – including an annual Pirate Festival! We’ve done the research and found the following with accessibility so those who are deaf or hard of hearing won’t miss a moment of the fun.
10165 N. Malcom McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612
No trip to Tampa would be complete without a visit to Busch Gardens, a 335-acre theme park with African animals, live entertainment and kiddie rides. Assistive listening devices are available at all theaters. American Sign Language can be provided with a minimum of two weeks’ notice.
1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, Florida 33604
Animal lovers in the family will appreciate a visit to Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the United States by Parents and Child Magazine. Even their fundraiser, WaZoo, is a winner, voted among the top 10 beer fests in the USA. Visit animal exhibits or attend Zoo Camp. Sign language interpretation is available with at least a two weeks advance notice.
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, Florida 33767
Known as the inspiration for the Dolphin Tale movies, the main mission of the aquarium is rescue and rehabilitation. Winter and Hope, two of the stars of the Dolphin Tale movies, also live there, along with other marine animals and sea turtles. Sign language interpretation is available at the CMA and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure with a minimum two-week advance notice. Scripts of the dialogue in all animal presentations are available upon request.
If you’re planning a family vacation, you may want to consider purchasing a Tampa Bay CityPass, a booklet of admission to five attractions. In addition to the three family attractions mentioned above, CityPass includes: the Florida Aquarium and a choice between the Chihuly Collection or Museum of Science and Industry.
Arts and Culture
Franklin Street Mall, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, Florida, 33602
Built in 1926 by renowned architect John Eberson, the historic Tampa Theatre building is owned by the City of Tampa and is home to the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. The theater was recently recognized as one of the ten best movie theaters in the world by the Motion Picture Association of America, a distinction shared by only one other U.S. theater. Assistive listening devices are available for patron use.
1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602
Since it opened in 1987, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed more than 10 million guests. Now the second largest performing arts complex in the southeastern United States, the Straz Center presents a variety of Broadway plays, concerts, performances and other events. Infrared headsets are available for patron use at no charge and can be checked out at the Ambassador Station in theater lobbies.
1818 E. 9th Ave., Tampa, Florida 33605
Enjoy lush Mediterranean gardens and tour a recreated cigar worker’s house at the Ybor City Museum in the heart of Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District. The museum store offers unique items and gifts including locally made ceramics and art, and handmade cigars. Written guides are available for self-guided tours.
The HLAA-Tampa provides education for people with hearing loss and their families, fosters programs designed to remove barriers and discrimination and is an advocate for people with hearing loss in the Tampa area. They meet the first Tuesday of each month September through May (except in December) and provides a variety of resources for Tampa residents.
Weekly and monthly community events for the Deaf community are posted here, along with a listing of deaf and hard of hearing ministries.
Hearing healthcare professionals
Tampa hosts a wide assortment of hearing healthcare professionals ready to help you address your hearing loss. To find hearing care professionals in Tampa visit our directory and read through the real patient reviews!