Hearing loss in Seattle | Be part of the conversation
Whether you go for the attractions, events and performances or just want to enjoy the natural beauty of a city on the waterfront, plan a visit to Seattle. Situated on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests. Microsoft and Amazon.com are headquartered here. The Space Needle, an attraction from the 1962 World’s Fair, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
There’s lots to do and see in Seattle, so we’ve compiled a list of attractions which feature services for those with hearing loss. Pack for the weather. Residents say it doesn’t rain ALL the time in Seattle, but it wouldn’t hurt to pack an umbrella and a rain coat just in case.
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington 98101
The Seattle Aquarium’s location on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront is the perfect setting for hands-on marine experiences. The aquarium is the ninth largest in the United States by attendance, hosting more than 22 million visitors since their opening in 1977. Their mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment, which is reflected in their exhibits, events, education programs and research activities. Their six major exhibits include Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Birds and Shores, the Underwater Dome and Marine Mammals.
American Sign Language interpreters are available at no additional charge, with a minimum two weeks’ advance notice. Please contact Kim Gonzalez 206-693-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Art and culture
200 University St.
Seattle, Washington 98101
Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony in Downtown Seattle, features two auditoria. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium is a 2500-seat performance venue and the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall seats roughly 500 patrons. In addition to Seattle Symphony performances, the two halls are host to a variety of other entertainment, including artists like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Seattle Men’s Chorus.
Assistive listening devices are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis in The Boeing Company gallery coat check and the Head usher stations in both lobbies.
200 2nd Ave. N
Seattle, Washington 98109
Pacific Science Center strives to instill a lifelong interest in science, math and technology using interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Their award-winning educational programs reach more than 1.1 million people around the state each year. Current featured exhibits include Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, Terracotta Warriors and Math Moves!, a variety of hands-on activities to make experimenting with math concepts memorable and fun. The Center is also home to two IMAX theaters and the Willard Smith Planetarium.
TTY phones are available at the information desk in Building 1 and at reception in Building 5. Scripts of films shown in the IMAX theaters are available upon request.
1300 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101
Downtown Seattle is home to the Seattle Art Museum, a center for world-class visual arts featuring collections, temporary installations and special exhibitions from around the world. Collections include Asian, African, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, American, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts and design. SAM also claims to have a remarkable Native American galleries and collection of Australian Aboriginal art.
Assistive listening devices are available for programs in the Plestcheeff Auditorium and Nordstrom Lecture Hall. Contact a SAM employee at the South Hall admissions desk for more information prior to the start of the event. A TTY for outgoing and incoming calls is located at coat check at the 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance. Sign language interpretation for all public tours is available upon request with a four weeks’ advance notice. Call 206.654.3137 (TTY) for more information.
1250 1st Ave. South
Seattle, Washington 98134
Seattle is known for rainy days, but that’s not a problem for Seattle Mariners fans. Safeco Field’s retractable roof stadium guarantees great indoor weather, regardless of what’s going on outside. Enjoy sweeping views of Seattle’s downtown skyline as well as breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound while you watch the Mariner’s play. If there isn’t a game while you’re in town, you can still visit the Mariners Hall of Fame and team store. One-hour Safeco Field tours are available all year and cover a walking distance of one mile. The tour includes the press box, private suites, field, dugouts and visitor’s clubhouse. Call 206-622-HITS or purchase tickets online.
Assistive listening devices are complimentary and available at the Main Guest Service Center at Section 128. Closed captioning of ballpark audio is displayed on the right field and third base Club Level fascia scoreboards.
Quiet conversation restaurants
6804 East Green Lake Way North
Seattle, Washington 98115
Zagat patrons call Nell’s an “oasis of serenity” and praise the restaurant for its imaginative American creations and use of local, seasonal ingredients. A great wine list is icing on the cake.
4737 California Ave. Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116
A true French bakery featuring croissants, sandwiches and quaint counter-service. Patrons say waiting times for breakfast and lunch can be lengthy, but the food is worth the minor inconvenience.
Hearing healthcare professional
In addition to a variety of venues and organizations, Seattle has a number of hearing care professionals ready to help you address your hearing loss! View the Healthy Hearing directory to find a hearing care provider in Seattle!