Useful contacts

Organisations offering support

Action on Hearing Loss (previously known as RNID)

The largest UK voluntary organisation connected with all aspects of deafness. Also sell assistive devices to use at home or at work with or without hearing aids. Visit the Action on Hearing Loss website.

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

Information on local lip-reading classes. Find out more.

The British Academy of Audiology

Visit the British Academy of Audiology website.

The British Deaf Association

Particularly concerned with profoundly deaf people, and active in promoting the development of British Sign Language (BSL). Visit the British Deaf Association website.

British Society of Audiology

Visit the British Society of Audiology website.

The British Tinnitus Association

Supports local self-help groups, and with an interest in research. Find out more on the British Tinnitus Association website.

Deafblind UK

Supports blind or partially sighted adults with hearing loss. Visit the Deafblind UK website.

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.

Geemarc Communications Ltd

Sale of specialist telephones. Visit the Geemarc website.

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.

Institute of Sound and Vibration

Part of the University of Southampton, find out more here.

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.

[Sonus] (previously know as Hampshire Deaf Association)

Information on local services and support for hearing-impaired people. Visit the [sonus] website.


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-dial calls.