Hearing Loss in Birmingham | Be part of the conversation
Visit Birmingham, a bustling hub of culture and heritage famous for golf courses, entertainment, shopping and world-class dining. Birmingham was founded in 1871 as a steel-making center and grew so quickly it earned the nickname "The Magic City" because it seemed to appear out of nowhere.
In 1963, Birmingham became the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. The Children’s March took place there and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous letter from the Birmingham jail.
Today, the city is the largest one in Alabama and known for its award winning dining as well as its great medical facilities. In short, there’s something for the entire family to do in Birmingham. Many of the attractions have services for the deaf and hard of hearing. We’ve assembled a few of them for your convenience.
Art and culture
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama 36203
The Birmingham Museum of Art was founded in 1951 and houses a diverse collection of more than 26,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection features an extensive array of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian and Native American Art.
Special tours for visitors with hearing loss can be arranged in advance by calling 205-254-2964; transcriptions for all audio descriptions are available by request by calling 205-254-2643.
200 19th St. N.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
McWane Science Center provides a unique, hands-on, science-learning experience for kids of all ages. The center strives to “inspire children through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)” with four levels of exhibits and the John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater. Exhibits include a Shark and Ray Touch Tank, a Bubble Room where kids can try their hand at making all types of bubbles, remains of actual dinosaur fossils discovered in Alabama, and an Art and Tech Gallery where kids can play with sand and play with digital butterflies. The IMAX Dome Theater offers descriptive audio service for all films and at all show times.
1817 3rd Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
The Alabama Theatre has hosted concerts, beauty pageants, silent films and even the Mickey Mouse Club since 1927. This historic theater is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham and was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years. In 1998, it underwent a complete restoration to restore it to its 1927 grandeur. Upcoming movies and events are posted on the theater’s website. Tours of the theater are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a $10/guest fee. An assistive listening device system is available for performances. Sign language interpreters can be arranged with a two weeks’ advance notice.
A service of the Alabama Ear Institute, the Alabama School for Hearing is committed to seeing that every child who is born deaf or hard of hearing has the opportunity to hear and develop spoken language. The school is located in the Cantebury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. The school opened in June 2009 and is a service of the Alabama Ear Institute.
1050 Government St.
200 South St. E
The AIDB was founded in 1858 by a young medical doctor who wanted to educate his deaf brother. Today, AIDB serves more than 22,500 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year. Programs range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are deaf and blind.
Hearing healthcare professionals
In addition to all these exciting venues to check out, there are several hearing healthcare professionals ready to help you! Visit our directory and read real-patient reviews to find a hearing care professional in Birmingham!