UK organisations

This is a list of UK organisations we think may be of interest to adults with hearing loss, their friends and families.


AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education.

Access London Theatre

The Access London Theatre brochure features audio-described, captioned, signed and relaxed performance listings for theatres across London and is available in print, Braille and CD.

Access Scottish Theatre

Search for accessible events in venues across Scotland.

Accessible Travel NI

Source of information and advice for travel options for Deaf people, disabled people and older people living in or visiting Northern Ireland.

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.

Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA)

The aim of ATLA is to create a world where lipreading classes are available to anyone who needs them.

Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals

AIHHP is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellence within the UK Hearing Care profession.

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.

BID Services

Bid Services is a charity working with children and adults with hearing loss, sight loss or both. They provide a range of services including specialist equipment support, employment support and social work. To check which services are available in your area, please visit their website for further information.

Deaf and Equal

Deaf and Equal is particularly aimed at sectors that have a poor reputation for discriminating against Deaf people by either refusing access or refusing to provide information in an accessible format.

DeafBlind UK

DeafblindUK supports people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want.

Gloucestershire Deaf Association

Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) delivers specialist services and community activities for D/deaf and hard of hearing adults and children in Gloucestershire.

Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group

Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group holds regular meetings allowing members to meet others facing the same challenges as well as providing events and activities geared towards learning to overcome the difficulties presented by hearing loss.

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 Loss and Deafness Alliance

Hearing Link is an active member of the Alliance on Hearing Loss – a coalition of charities and professional representative groups working together to prevent and reduce the impact of hearing loss and tinnitus. The Alliance promotes the inclusion and participation of people who are deaf and hard of hearing in society. Download the declaration and quality statement for hearing services.

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.

Lipreading Skills

Lipreading Skills provides individual and group lipreading classes which support and help you to manage your hearing loss. Lipreading and managing hearing loss classes are for anyone who has difficulty in hearing and in following a conversation even though they may wear a hearing aid.

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.

Nerve Tumours UK 

Nerve Tumours UK provides support and information, as well as campaigns and raises awareness on behalf of over 26,500 people in the UK who have Neurofibromatosis (NF1 and NF2) and Schwannomatosis. We’re here to improve lives for people with nerve tumours, by making sure those affected have access to the help they require.  


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit is a partnership between University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research.

Open Ears

Open Ears is a non-denominational Christian charity for people who have various degrees of impaired hearing, mainly (but not exclusively) those who communicate orally, assisted by hearing aids or cochlear implants and lip-reading.


RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People) is a charity working to make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus. (Previously known as Action on Hearing Loss).

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.


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.

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 makes theatre and culture accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Tinnitus UK

Provides information and support for person who have tinnitus and their family members. Formerly British Tinnitus Association.

UK Council on Deafness

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

UK Hearing Conservation Association

UKHCA is raising awareness to the dangers of damaging noise, primarily in the workplace, and offers ways for the individual as well as the employer to safeguard themselves.  The membership of the organisation includes hearing aid manufacturers, PPE providers, HSE organisations and audiologists.

Your Local Cinema

Provides detailed information about subtitled film listings for all four countries of the UK.

Webpage updated: May 2023

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