Useful organisations (UK)


This is a list of useful groups, clubs and not for profit organisations we think may be of interest to adults with hearing loss, their friends and families. If you represent a group, club or not for profit organisation and would like to be listed here, please contact us at enquiries@hearinglink.org or 0300 111 1113.

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Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)

Action on Hearing Loss is the largest charity in the UK campaigning, lobbying and raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss.

Action on Hearing Loss Shop (formerly RNID)

An online shop that has a wide range of products for people with hearing loss.

Age UK

Age UK brings together Age Concern and Help the Aged. The Age UK Group works to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support.


Artlink is an organisation serving central Scotland which supports individuals with a physical disability, learning disability,  sensory impairment, mental health problem or who are older and infirm, to access the arts.

Association for Family Therapy (AFT)

AFT is the UK’s leading organisation for family and systemic psychotherapists and practitioners. 

Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP)

AIHHP is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellence within the UK Hearing Care profession. AIHHP provides a search facility so you can find an AIHHP hearing aid audiologist near you.

Association of Lipspeakers

This is the professional body that represents lipspeakers. A lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lipread. The website has a directory that helps you find lipspeakers.

Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA)

ATLA is the professional association for teachers of lipreading to adults who have become deaf, or hard of hearing.

Association of verbatim speech to text reporters (AVSTTR)

AVSTTR was created to offer support and guidance to our professional members, to share learning through the exchange of ideas and experiences and to promote training. 

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BBC See Hear

Weekly magazine programme for deaf and hard of hearing people, produced in sign language with open subtitles.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The Sensory Support Team provide social work, technical aid and rehabilitation for service users with hearing loss, sight loss or dual sensory loss from age 18 upwards living in Belfast. 

Benefits and Work

An organisation that helps people to get the benefits they're entitled to, including Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB).

Breathing Spaces Scotland

Breathing Spaces Scotland is where experienced advisors will listen and provide information and advice to people living in Scotland.

British Academy of Audiology (BAA)

BAA is the largest association of professionals in hearing and balance in the UK. Membership extends internationally and provides services in both the public and private sector.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

BABCP is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is a professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with over 37000 members and works toward a better standard of therapeutic practice.

The British Cochlear Implant Group

The British Cochlear Implant Group is a professional body representing all the cochlear implant centres and other specialist medical practitioners throughout the United Kingdom.

British Psychological Society (BPC)


British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

BPC is a professional association and voluntary regulator of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy profession, publishing a Register of practitioners who are required to follow our ethical code and meet our fitness to practise standards.

British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)

BSHAA is the professional body which represents and promotes the interests of the independent hearing aid profession.  Members are trained hearing care professionals who have experience and knowledge of the hearing instruments that are available to help with hearing loss.

British Tinnitus Association (BTA)

BTA is a world leader in providing support and advice about tinnitus. It provides accurate, reliable and authoritative information, much of it written by medical professionals or clinical researchers. 

Business Disability Forum

Business Disability Forum is a leading employers' organisation focused on disability as it affects business. It educates employers in the things they need to know to make it easier to employ and do business with disabled people.

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C.A.L.L Mental Health Helpline for Wales

Offers emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales.

Can You Hear Us?

Can You Hear Us? is a website for giving a voice to people with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) and to encourage people to take advantage of adversity.

Citizens Advice 

Basic advice and information from the Citizen's Advice Bureau on your rights, and a broad outline of where you stand and what you can do, on a variety of issues.

Cinema - your local cinema

Subtitled showings of films in your area.

Cochlear Implant Users Group

This is a support group set up within 'Yahoo Groups' on the Internet. Based in Bristol and founded in July 2004 by Alison Patuck, it is aimed at all cochlear implant users within the UK, regardless of age or choice of manufacturer.

Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC)

The CCAC is a not-for-profit, grassroots organisation that pushes for text captioning to be included and used wherever it is needed.  It is run by volunteers.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT, formerly BASRT)

COSRT is the UK’s leading organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues. 

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

COSCA provides information and help with: counselling, psychotherapy and counselling skills.   

Counselling Directory

Search this network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. Visit this link for online or email counselling support.

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Deaf auntie

The 'agony aunt blog for all your deaf-related needs'. A new issue every Monday - hearing aids, working, networking, rights ...

Deafened Workers Breaking the Sound Barrier

A website to help deafened workers succeed at work with examples from case studies and useful information.

Deafness Research UK

Deafness Research UK is a charity that works to help hearing impaired people through medical research and education. It provides information and advice on all medical aspects of deafness, hearing disorders and tinnitus, and finances research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of hearing difficulties.

Deafness Support Network

Deafness Support Network provides practical help, advice and specialist support to people with a hearing loss in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.


DeafPlus works to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life.

Deaf Strategies 

Deaf Strategies has been designed with hearing impaired people in mind. It brings together strategies that people with a hearing loss have found helpful to them in a variety of situations.


A website that provides information on all public services. There is a section within it which focuses on the support and assistance offered by public services to people with disabilities. 

Disability Law Service

A service that provides information and advice to disabled and deaf people. It is run by and for disabled people and is a registered national charity. Relevant only to people in England.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK focuses on promoting “meaningful” independent living for disabled people; promoting disabled people’s leadership and control; breaking the link between disability and poverty; campaigning for disability equality and human rights. 

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Ear Foundation

A charity that set up to help and advise profoundly deaf people who are considering using the latest technological interventions such as Cochlear Implants and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids.

Ear Foundation BAHA Users Support Group

A group set up to support people who have a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid System (BAHA).

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Forest Books

Forest Books is a leading provider for over 24 years of books and resources for Deafness, Sign Language and other related issues.

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Get walking, keep walking

An initiative that encourages urban walking throughout the UK. It provides routes, led walks and resources for people new to walking and is particularly focused on those who are inactive or who would benefit from extra support. The walks cover urban and country areas.

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Hard of Hearing Yahoo Group

This is a support group set up within 'Yahoo Groups' on the Internet. It aims to be a friendly support group for people with hearing loss who want to share thoughts, views and experiences with other people who have hearing loss.

Hearing aids 101 

Hearing Aids 101 is an independent website designed to help consumers learn about the wide variety of hearing aids and related products on the market today.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train hearing dogs to alert deaf people to select household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings - providing a life-changing level of independence, confidence and security.

Hearing Exchange Blog

A blog that aims to help adults and families dealing with hearing loss. It is published by a woman who has nearly life-long, progressive hearing loss and is also the parent of a deaf teen.

Hearing Times

Hearing Times is the only national UK newspaper for deaf and hard of hearing people, their relatives and friends, audiologists and professionals in the hearing industry and equipment manufacturers and dispensers.

Hear it

This is an international non-profit and non-commercial organisation. It collects and circulates news, information and personal stories relating to hearing impairments and the human and socio-economic consequences. The website has lots of useful and interesting articles.


Advice, support and information for hearing impaired younger people who are working or studying.

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Industrial deafness

Information and advice on industrial deafness.

Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers

ISCE is the specialist learned society for the sound and communications profession. It runs accredited training courses for designers and installers of hearing loops, and with its hearing loop assessment engineer register, the ISCE is the place for venue owners, loop installers, and loop maintainers to find technical help with all aspects of hearing loop systems.

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Jewish Deaf Association (JDA)

The JDA is an independent, national charity offering professional support services, information and a range of social, cultural and educational programmes to people with all levels of hearing loss, people experiencing tinnitus, their friends, families and colleagues.

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Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.

Limping Chicken

Offers news, features and opinion on deaf issues and culture in the UK.

Lipreading Classes

A list of lipreading classes across the UK is available on the ATLA website (Association of Teachers of Lipreading Adults). It will help you to find a lipreading class near you.

Lipreading practice

The site aims to enable those who have a hearing loss and who are unable to join a lipreading class the opportunity to develop lipreading skills.

Lipspeaking UK

A service that offers Lipspeakers, Speech to Text Reporters, Notetakers and more. It is owned, managed and staffed by experienced Lipspeakers and is based in Hampshire but covers the UK.

Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS)

LTCAS aims to provide a voice for the two million people who live with long term conditions in Scotland. LTCAS works to improve the lives of these people, who represent 40% of the Scottish population.

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service

Free one to one counselling to people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deaf/blind, and live in Edinburgh or Lothian.

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Menieres Society

The Ménière’s Society is a UK registered charity dedicated solely to supporting people with Ménière’s disease and other vestibular disorders causing dizziness and imbalance.

Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now ensures that everyone whose life has been affected by meningitis gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.


MIND provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. MIND campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

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National Association of Deafened People (NADP)

The NADP provides information and support for deafened people who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, and for their families and friends, to help enable them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life. The NADP is run by and for deafened people.

National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing

The National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing was established in 2008 as part of the NHS National Institute for Health Research. It's work covers: Child & Family; Habilitation for Hearing Loss; Internet Research Portal; Perception and Performance; Principled Design of Game-based Auditory Learning Environments; Reducing Listening Effort; and Tinnitus.

National Cochlear Implant Users Association (NCIUA)

The NCIUA is the sole Association in the UK that represents all Cochlear Implant users.

National Deaf Children Society (NDCS)

The national charity for deaf children and their families.

Neuro Foundation

The Neuro Foundation is the authoritative voice of Neurofibromatosis in the UK. They achieve this by providing information, support and advice; facilitating and promoting innovative research, and being an advocate for those with Neurofibromatosis.

NHS Choices

This is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It provides factual information on the ear, on hearing loss, tinnitus and other hearing-related issues. It explains how to get an NHS hearing aid, and it provides information on NHS services that are available in England.

NHS Choices - Tinnitus

Information and resources on tinnitus from NHS Choices.

NHS Direct

Information, support and advice from the NHS, with sections specifically on hearing loss and related conditions.

NHS Direct Wales

NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day - if you are feeling ill and are unsure what to do, or for health information on a wide range of conditions, treatments and local health services.

NHS 24

NHS 24 provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

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Pardon? I'm deaf

Facebook forum for discussing issues relevant to hearing impaired people.

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Relate is the country’s largest provider of relationship support. They provide telephone and online counselling.

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)

RAD strives to meet the individual needs of Deaf children and adults and deafblind people through the provision of services and the use of RAD Centres for Deaf People.

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The Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service. 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.


Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)

SCoD is the lead organisation for deaf issues in Scotland. It provides an effective working partnership between the Voluntary Sector, Social Work and Education Departments, NHS Trusts, Health Boards and the Government.


Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for adults and children who are deafblind. Services include: one-to-one support to help people live independently, communicator guides, housing, holidays and employment opportunities.


Signature is a charity which promotes excellence in communication with deaf and deafblind people, primarily by encouraging greater understanding of the languages and communication methods they use.

Soundz Off

Soundz Off brings together, in one place, a list of organisations, support services, forums, social media links, general information and lots more for people in the UK who are hard of hearing or d/Deaf. 


STAGETEXT is a charity which offers captioning services to theatres and other arts venues that want to make their productions accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. It also promotes live speech-to-text transcription for talks in museums, galleries and heritage sites.

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Therapy Directory

If you're in need of support, search our network to be connected with a professional therapist - osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine etc.

Tourism for All UK

Tourism for All UK is an independent charity supporting leisure and tourism opportunities for all, operating an information service to older and disabled people, and working with the industry and government to raise the standards of welcome to all guests.

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UK Council on Deafness

UKCoD is the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working with deaf people in the UK.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

(UKCP is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

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Wales Council For Deaf People

Wales Council for Deaf People is the umbrella association of voluntary and statutory organisations working in the field of hearing loss and representing people who are deaf.


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