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Useful organisations UK

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.

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.

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.

Alliance on Hearing Loss

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

UK Council on Deafness

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

Your local cinema subtitles

Subtitled film listings for all four countries of the UK.

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