Hearing loss in Los Angeles | Be part of the conversation
Los Angeles is widely known as the entertainment capital of the world, where more than 44.2 million tourists visited in 2014 alone. In fact, LA is so diverse, it’s one of only two U.S. cities without a majority. People from 140 countries, speaking 86 different languages, call Los Angeles home.
And, because leisure and hospitality is a leading industry in Los Angeles, you can bet the City of Angels is full of diverse cultural experiences which cater to a variety of ages, cultures and sensitivities. That’s good news for those with hearing loss. We found so many attractions with services for the deaf and hearing impaired, we couldn’t list them all. Here are just a few to get you started.
Art and culture
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90012
Experience a variety of world-class performers from classical and jazz to contemporary and world music at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 3.6-acre complex is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and heralded as one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. In addition to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and visiting artists and orchestras from around the world perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Assistive listening devices are available free of charge at the Coat Check with a picture ID deposit.
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90068
Enjoy musical performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States, where the first official season began in 1922. Today the Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic lunch or dinner or dine at one of the gourmet restaurants or concession stands in the park. Ticket prices start as low as $1 on many nights for bench seats, advance reservations are recommended.
Assistive listening devices are available with a refundable deposit at the House Manager’s Office. Sign language interpretation is available with a 72-hour advance notice through Accessibility Services (TTY 323-850-2040)
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
There’s always something magical happening in California’s Disneyland Park, the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. The park opened on July 17, 1955 and has been the place where dreams come true for millions of children (and children at heart) from all over the world ever since. In addition to Disney-themed rides and attractions, guests can enjoy resort-style accommodations, dining and shopping.
Assistive listening systems are available at guest relations with a $25 refundable deposit. Reflective captioning is available at select theater-type attractions. Sign language interpretation is available with a 14 days advanced notice. TTY pay phones are available at both the theme park and by request in select resort hotel rooms. Handheld captioning and video captioning is available at select attractions.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
Go behind the scenes on a real working movie studio and experience thrilling theme park rides and shows that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood. See top celebrities interviewed in person on the set of EXTRA, a leading entertainment-news television show, and enjoy some of Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas.
Assistive listening devices are provided free of charge at Guest Relations. Amplified handsets are provided at all phone locations. Sign language interpreters are provided free of charge with a one week advanced notice. Please contact Guest Relations at 1-800-UNIVERSAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
Founded in 1966, the Los Angeles zoo is a 133-acre zoo and home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species. Additionally, the Zoo’s botanical collection includes more than 800 different plant species with more than 7,400 individual plants. More than 1.5 million visitors each year enjoy exhibits such as the Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Sea Life Cliffs. The zoo is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.
Assistive listening devices are available. Sign language interpretation is available with a minimum five days advanced notice.
Quiet conversation restaurants
Zagat readers have rated more than 30 restaurants as good for quiet conversations in the Los Angeles area. Here are a few of our favorites.
5955 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Customers say this seafood restaurant is exceptional, with a staff that’s rated #1 for service in LA. Plates are expensive, but worth every penny, especially if you’re celebrating.
1150 W. Magic Way
Anaheim, California 92802
If your plans include a visit to Disneyland, you might want to top off the day with dinner at this restaurant in the Disneyland Hotel. Patrons say the cuts are cooked to perfection and the service is terrific. Reservations are recommended.