Hearing Loss in Knoxville | Be part of the conversation
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the city of Knoxville features southern hospitality and modern development with a historic twist. With numerous nicknames including The Marble City, Heart of the Valley and Gateway to the Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is also humorously known as The Streaking Capital of the World and The Underwear Capital of the World. Mountain Dew was invented in Knoxville in 1940 and Cherry Coke was introduced at its World’s Fair in 1982.
Individuals with hearing loss will find plenty to do in Knoxville, too. Here are a few of the attractions which offer services for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Arts and culture
604 S Gay St.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Watch Broadway productions, today’s contemporary artists and musical performances at the Tennessee Theatre, a 1920's-era movie palace located within the Burwell building in downtown Knoxville. The official state theatre of Tennessee first opened its doors on Oct. 1, 1928 and has a Spanish-Moorish style interior incorporating elements from all parts of the world. Czechoslovakian crystals are in the French-style chandeliers; Italian terrazzo flooring is in the Grand Lobby and Asian influences are in the carpet and drapery patterns.
The theatre offers assistive listening devices free of charge for most performances. A driver’s license or credit card will be held until the listening device has been returned. Sign language interpretation can be arranged with a two weeks’ advanced notice.
1714 Andy Hold Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37916
The Clarence Brown Theatre for the Performing Arts at the University of Tennessee was formally dedicated in November of 1970, although the theater program had been in existence on campus since a one-year course in theatre was introduced into the English curriculum in 1940.
The theatre offers open captioning free of charge on the first Sunday matinee for each of the 2015/16 productions. Assistive listening devices (both headset-style and induction-loop) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the concessions stand (for Mainstage and Carousel) and the box office in the lab lobby (for Lab Theatre). Through a partnership with UT’s Center on Deafness, the theatre will offer two Deaf Nights at the Theatre this season: A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 and South Pacific on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Sign interpreting is also available by request for all productions with a 14-day advance notice and are subject to interpreter availability. Please call the House Manager (865-974-8287) for more information.
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
If you like college sports, look no further than the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus, where the UT’s men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams call home. The multi-purpose arena opened in 1987 and is also used for concerts, convention and other sporting events.
Assistive listening devices are available upon request from the arena manager’s office with a 48-hour advance notice. A photo ID is required for collateral during use. Sign interpreters are available with a two weeks’ advance notice. Please call the arena manager’s office at 865-974-0953.
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
The TSD serves students from nursery through grade 12 with instruction in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, computer technology, vocational education, independent living skills, physical education and health.
This week-long residential outdoor education program is designed for children ages 7-22 who have hearing impairment, visual impairment, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida or autism. The program is organized, planned and conducted by 150 University of Tennessee students as part of a course requirement.
900 E Hill Ave., Suite 120
Knoxville, Tennessee 37915
The center provides people with disabilities, their family members, businesses, professionals and the general public with information about resources, accessibility, accommodations, rights and referrals to resources.
PO Box 4572
Maryville, Tennessee 37803-4572
The HLAA, Knoxville Chapter provides deaf and hard of hearing programs and support groups. Membership is open to all persons with any degree of hearing loss, along with spouses, family members and friends. Captioning services are available at all meetings, the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.
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