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UK sources of information and / or support

Main umbrella groups include:

British Deaf Association

The BDA is a resource for deaf people that reflects every aspect of deaf culture and provide a global space for deaf people to share ideas and experiences.

National Association of Deafened People

The NADP is a major organisation in the UK that caters for people who, through accident or illness, have lost most or all of their useful hearing.

National Deaf Children's Society

The NDSC is the UK's only charity solely dedicated to supporting all deaf children and their families. Provides impartial sources of information, advice and advocacy with a national network of offices, local groups and representatives.

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss, the new name for the Royal National Institute For Deaf People (RNID), offers a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Check Your Hearing

An on-line hearing check provided by Action on Hearing Loss that can be taken online, over the phone, or with an app if you have an iPhone.

Scottish Council on Deafness

SCoD is the lead organisation for deaf issues in Scotland.

Other sites and organisations

Association of Lipreading Teachers of Adults

ATLA is the professional association for teachers of lipreading to adults who have become deaf, or hard of hearing. They provide details of lipreading classes in the UK.

British Deaf Sports Council

The British Deaf Sports Council provide support, coaching and the opportunity for competition for deaf sports people in Britain.


Deaf4Life is a forum which provides an opportunity to share news, information and encouragement for both the deaf and their carers.


Deaf resource point on the internet for everything you ever need!

Very comprehensive internet search site on deafness including BSL, chat rooms, equipment, publications and jobs.


Exists to empower deaf people by offering them access to new and innovative technologies.

Deaf Education Through Listening and Talking

DELTA helps families which want their severely or profoundly deaf children to learn to listen and talk. Teachers and other professionals can also find useful information on the site.


Aims to develop innovative work with deaf and hearing people which enables them to improve their quality of life through contact, information and training.

Major resource on sign language

Deafness Research UK

A major UK charity dedicated to helping hearing impaired people through medical research and education.


The website of the British Association of Head and Neck Surgeons which has a section for patients.

Elizabeth Foundation

A national charity supporting infants and preschool children with hearing loss and their families.

HEAR - Help Ear and Allied Research

HEAR is working with Manchester Royal Infirmary in the treatment of severe to profound deafness.  The charity is also working to develop CI technology which is designed for the auditory rehabilitation of a specific small group of totally deaf individuals.

Hearing Dogs For Deaf People

Trains carefully selected dogs to alert severely, profoundly or totally deaf people to everyday sounds which hearing people may take for granted.


National educational charity for children with speech and language difficulties. I CAN's vision is to help create a society where the special needs of these children are recognised, understood and met, allowing them to have the same opportunities in life as other children.

Hearing Link

The UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, appropriate services & meaningful ways to connect with other people.


The largest deaf-run company in the UK specialising in all aspects of television/video production, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting, training, translation – including subtitling, In-Vision and audio description, and multimedia.

Sequal Trust

Fundraises on behalf of its members to provide a communication aid, which can be in the form of a specialised computer system, voice synthesiser to relay pre-recorded messages, and many other items of communication equipment.

Sign Charity

The country's principal provider of services for deaf people with mental health problems.


Provides instant help for deaf people communicating with medical staff via their on-line interpreting service - a live web-cam link to qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.

Speech Language and Hearing Centre

For babies and children aged under 5 who have hearing impairment or delay in speech, language and communication.

UK Council on Deafness

The UK Council on Deafness is the national infrastructure organisation for voluntary sector organisations working with deaf people.

UK Deaf Sport

UK Deaf Sport aims to enable Deaf people to benefit from, excel at and fulfil their potential through sport of their own choosing. The website holds information on past and future events as well as support and advice.

NHS Choices

Has information on Hearing tests and Hearing impairment

See also the hearing aids, cochlear implants and deafblind directory pages and the the support directory deafness / hearing problems category.

Further sources / more detailed information

Some non-UK sites

The following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.

More detailed medical information

The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.

Hilary Cole
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Last Checked:
15 March 2012

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