Hearing loss in Kansas City | Be part of the conversation
It’s the home of swing and bebop, where jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker and Count Basie played their unique brand of music. Others know it as “The City of Fountains” where you can stroll around more fountains than you’ll find in Rome. Experience all this and more in Kansas City, once a post for pioneers heading to the Western United States — now a metropolis with activities, attractions and entertainment for people of all ages and interests. If you have hearing loss, you may find the following venues particularly attractive.
Art and culture
1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
More than 1.5 million visitors have experienced an event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-purpose venue home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony. The Kauffman Center’s vision is to “enrich the lives of everyone in our community through extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences,” which they accomplish by hosting a variety of high quality programs through resident companies and community partnerships, as well as national and international artists and productions.
Assistive listening device headphones are available for use during all performances upon request at the Gift Shop on Level 4. There is no charge; however, a driver’s license or credit card is required as a security deposit.
1616 E 18th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is a 10,000 square foot facility dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball. The NLBM is a self-guided tour experience which includes multi-media displays, hundreds of photographs and artifacts dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s, and a museum store. Closed captioning is available on the main exhibit film.
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64161
If your family enjoys amusement parks, then plan to spend the day at Worlds of Fun, a 235-acre amusement park featuring roller coasters, thrill rides, live entertainment, a Snoopy-themed kids’ area and a tropically-themed water park appropriately named Oceans of Fun.
TTY pay phones are available outside the Worlds of Fun main entrance and at Guest Relations at Oceans of Fun. ASL interpretation is available with at least a one weeks’ advance notice for PEANUTS™ Showplace, Country Junction, Tivoli Music Hall and Moulin Rouge. Please call 816-303-5115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistive listening systems can be checked out at Worlds of Fun Guest Relations for a refundable deposit of $20. Locations that offer assistive listening include Moulin Rouge, Tivoli Music Hall, Country Junction, PEANUTS™ Showplace and Heart of America Theatre.
Sports and recreation
1 Arrowhead Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64129
No trip to Kansas City would be complete without taking in a baseball game at Arrowhead Stadium – especially if you’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Arrowhead Stadium is the 28th largest stadium in North America, where you can shop at the Chiefs Pro Shop and view more than 30 pieces of regional art from artists in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Closed-captioned LED boards are found in both endzones and provide captioning on all announcements made over the public address system, including calls made by the referees and other in-game announcements.
The HLAA strives to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. The Kansas City chapter hosts a variety of events for the deaf and hard of hearing population such as caption live theater performances, webinars, and open chat nights for the deaf, hard of hearing, audiologists, teachers, ASL interpreters and students.
Hearing healthcare professionals
In addition to hearing loss friendly events and venues, Kansas City offers a number of hearing healthcare professionals ready to help you!. To find hearing care professionals in Kansas City, visit our directory and read through the real patient reviews!