How New York City Hears People With Hearing Loss

New York's state-of-the-art Taxi of Tomorrow is equipped with a loop system for passengers with hearing loss.  (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.

A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.

The Intrepid Museum offers hearing induction loops at its service desks.
(Courtesy Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)

Visual access can be provided by captioning, CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation, also referred to as ‘realtime captioning’), and American Sign Language.

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