The top things to do in hearing friendly NYC

by Nancy Salim

New York is a great city where you can experience music, art, fashion, architecture, entertainment, history and so much more.

Whatever you enjoy, the city probably has something to offer. If you’re a night owl, you’re in luck—the city that never sleeps is filled with comedy clubs, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants open late into the night. If you love history or you’re the artsy type, you can visit the many different museums and art galleries throughout Manhattan. If you love shopping the latest trends, there’s no better place than New York City—it’s packed with high-end boutiques and upscale department stores, and even small shops and street vendors for the bargain lover.

If you wear hearing aids, many attractions in New York City make it easier to enjoy them with the addition of hearing loops. Did you know looping technology is available in many tourist attractions, including restaurants, museums, sports arenas, concert venues, houses of worship and even bus and train stations? This means you can tune in to what you want to hear at the volume that feels comfortable to you. What’s necessary is that the place you’re visiting—whether you’re watching a Broadway play or listening to a church sermon—has an induction loop wire permanently installed, which connects to a microphone used by a speaker, allowing the sound to come in directly into your hearing aid. All you need to do is switch your hearing aid (most hearing aids have this feature) to the “T” (telecoil/telephone) setting—your hearing aid will then pick up the signal from the induction loop so you can clearly hear what’s being said.

Vacationing or just visiting for the day, or if you live here year round, the Big Apple always has something to offer. Here are YourHearing’s top 10 looped places to visit in NYC.

  1. Love baseball? Catch a game at the Yankee stadium, in the Bronx. Rebuilt in 2009, it’s the most expensive stadium ever built.
  2. Opened in 1972, The Gershwin Theater features the best-selling Broadway musical Wicked. Don’t forget to check out the exhibition on display throughout the main lobby, including items from Broadway luminaries’ collections such as Julie Harris and Irene Worth.
  3. What’s a cultural center, an educational institution and the heart of an international network of museums? The Guggenheim Museum—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—an internationally renowned art museum, hosts many different exhibitions and collections from around the world.
  4. New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum hosts multiple collections and exhibitions to honor America’s heroes and educate the public about history, science and service. Check out the Submarine Growler—it’s the only American guided missile submarine open to the public.
  5. Interested in seeing the latest cultural and art exhibitions? Head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, and enjoy viewing some of its two million works.
  6. Popularly known as the MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art is for the modern art enthusiast, and anyone looking to get inspired.
  7. Head downtown and hop on a ferry to the Ellis Island museum. You’ll get the chance to tour the self-guided exhibit chronicling Ellis Island’s role in immigration history, and view photographs, prints, videos and more. Afterwards, head over to the Statue of Liberty and admire its colossal beauty.
  8. Looking for a good book? Check out one of the 53 million items at the fourth largest library in the world, The New York Public Library.
  9. Madison Square Garden, commonly known as MSG, is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in the metropolitan area. It’s also one of the busiest music arenas in the world–attend a concert or watch your favorite team play.
  10. Come hang out at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center where you can linger, sit down and enjoy free performances. You can also grab a bite to eat from Chef Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft café, connect to the free wi-fi and use the restrooms. Looking for discount tickets to Lincoln Center performances? Buy them here.

There’s even looping to help you get around town. All subway information booths in the city, and all new yellow cabs beginning in September 2015 will have hearing loops available, just look for the hearing loop logo outside the taxi. Rail stations like Penn Station and Amtrak, the Port Authority bus terminal and Grand Central station all have induction loops present so you don’t have to worry about missing any important travel related announcements. For a complete list, of looped spaces in New York City, visit

Do you have a favorite looped spot in NYC that we didn’t list here? Let us know in the comments.

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