Hearing loss in Orlando | Be part of the conversation
Are you looking for adventure? Consider Orlando! Whether you’re into family activities such as Disney World or quiet, natural beauty like the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando has your ticket. There’s good news for those with hearing loss, too; we’ve done the research and compiled our favorite hearing-friendly things to do, complete with links to each attraction’s website. All you have to do is pack your bags — don't forget your hearing aid accessories — and make your reservations!
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, 32830
Those who call Walt Disney World the Magic Kingdom know what they’re talking about. Regardless of your age, there’s something for everyone when you visit. Choose from the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Hollywood Studio, Animal Kingdom Park, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Blizzard Beach Water Park, Downtown Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s BoardWalk — or stay long enough to visit them all.
Walt Disney offers a variety of services for guests who are hard of hearing, including assistive listening devices, handheld captioning, reflective captioning, video captioning, sign language interpretation, text typewriter telephones and written aids. Upon request, guest rooms can be equipped with door knock and phone alerts, phone amplifiers, bed shaker notification, strobe light smoke detector and a text typewriter telephone.
7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821
SeaWorld is all about animals — from Shamu to beluga whales, polar bears to bottlenose dolphins, and stingrays to sea turtles. Experience roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions and family-friendly activities for thrill seekers and animal lovers alike.
Text Telephone Devices (TTD) are available at Shamu’s Emporium and Shark encounter for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and show scripts are available at Guest Services, located at the front of the park. Sign Language interpretation is available with at least one week notice.
6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32819
Movie fans will enjoy the rides and attractions at Universal Studios, owned by NBCUniversal and its affiliates. The complex offers roller coasters and other rides, along with restaurants, shops and hotels, with themes such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, TRANSFORMERS — the ride 3D, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Closed caption and assistive listening devices, as well as attraction scripts, are available to guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. TTY telephones are available throughout the park, TDDs are located at the Guest Services Office and Health Services. Additionally, sign language interpretation is available for many of the park’s “live action” shows with one week’s notice.
Art and culture
777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, Florida, 32803
Spend a little time learning about science and technology in a fun way at the Orlando Science Center, where floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen movies, and engaging live programming will inspire your curiosity and creativity.
TTY telephones and speaker phones are available upon request for the deaf and hard of hearing. Sign language interpretation is available with a two week notice.
2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, Florida, 32803
Slow down the pace a bit with a visit to the Orlando Museum of Art, founded in 1924 with a mission to enrich the cultural life of Florida. The museum presents 10 to 12 exhibits each year, along with award-winning art-enrichment programs, gallery tours, in-teacher training and video programs, art appreciation lectures and studio classes. The museum offers assistive listening devices for lectures and tours for guests who are hard of hearing.
Quiet conversation restaurants
Zagat lists a variety of restaurants identified by patrons as friendly for quiet conversation. Among them are:
This continental cuisine has earned number one food honors in the Orlando area for its eclectic cooking and intimate, romantic space.
Italian food lovers will enjoy this upscale dining restaurant with home-down flavors on a scenic, lakeside setting.
Enjoy American cuisine without the stuffiness or price in downtown Orlando, where inspired New American offerings are made with local, fresh ingredients.
If you find yourself in need of hearing assistive services while you’re in Orlando, contact one of these organizations.
A Christian-based organization providing family and community support services and language learning opportunities to the deaf community in Central Florida.
The HLAA-FL serves the needs of all people with hearing loss throughout the state of Florida by providing information and educational support, public awareness and advocacy.
Hearing healthcare professionals
If you're ready to address your hearing loss, there are numerous hearing healthcare providers in Orlando! Visit our directory to read real patient reviews and find a trusted professional to help you!