Museums, theaters and places that hold public events are considered places of public accommodation under the ADA and often do provide access to their exhibits and shows with assistive listening devices, captioning, CART, and sign language interpreters. More live performances are accessible than ever before. We still have a long way to go, but greater access for people with hearing loss is currently a reality for some venues, with more becoming accessible all the time.
People with hearing loss do want to go back to their local theater or museum, and would enjoy attending local events but all too often the access is not there. To get more accessible performances, individuals must work to teach the venue that providing access not only benefits the consumer, but also benefits the institution by adding people with hearing loss among their supporters.