Useful contacts

Action on Hearing Loss (previously known as RNID)

The largest UK voluntary organisation connected with all aspects of deafness. Interpreting, training, specialist telephone services, range of leaflets on deafness. Sells assistive devices to use at home or at work with or without hearing aids.

19-23 Featherstone Street, London, ECIY 8SL

Association of Teachers of Lip-reading to Adults (ATLA)

Information on local lip-reading classes.

ATLA, Westwood Park, London Road, Little Horkesley, Colchester, CO6 4BS.

The British Academy of Audiology

The British Deaf Association

Particularly concerned with profoundly deaf people. Has been active in promoting the development of British Sign Language (BSL).

10th Floor, Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA.

British Society of Audiology

British Telecommunications

Range of special telephone products for people with hearing difficulties. You can also try other telephone companies.

81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ.

The British Tinnitus Association

Supports local self-help groups. Interested in research.

Ground Floor, Unit 5, Acorn Business Park, Woodseats Close, Sheffield, S8 0TB

Deafblind UK

Supports blind or partially sighted adults with hearing loss.

John and Lucille van Geest Place, Cygnet Rd, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8FD

  • Telephone 01733 358100 (voice and text)
  • Telephone 0800 132 320 (free helpline)
  • Fax 01733 358356

The Elizabeth Foundation

The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss, and their families. It helps babies and children with all degrees of hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Pre-school education services are provided at its Family Centre, along with help, support and advice for families.

The Elizabeth Foundation, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LL

Geemarc Communications Ltd

Sale of specialist telephones.

5 Swallow Court, Swallowfields, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1SB

Hearing Link

Hearing Link is the UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, services and support. It is for people with any level of hearing loss and their families.

Hearing Link Head Office, 27-28 The Waterfront, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5UZ

Hearing Link Scotland Office, The Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP

Institute of Sound and Vibration

Part of the University of Southampton.

National Deaf Children's Society

The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

Ground Floor South, Castle House, 37- 45 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LS

  • Telephone 020 7490 8656
  • Minicom 020 7490 8656
  • Fax 020 7251 5020
  • Email

[Sonus] (previously know as Hampshire Deaf Association)

Information on local services and support for hearing-impaired people.

[sonus], 25 Church Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh  SO50 6BL


24 hour a day telephone relay service operated by RNID and funded by BT. Allows deaf or severely hard of hearing people to communicate over the normal telephone network. Speak to the person on the end of the line and get a reply on your textphone screen. Calls cost about the same as direct-dialed calls.

Typetalk, John Wood House, Glacier Building, Harrington Road, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4DF