Hearing impairment

Hearing impairment or deafness

Action on Hearing Loss estimates that more than 10 million (about one in six people) in the UK have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.

Support in school

Take a look at Learning Together: the hearing impaired child, which includes support for disabled children in mainstream education.

Hearing impairment and associated conditions

Some people with hearing impairment may have associated conditions, while others may not. These can include:

Hearing impairment specialist organisations

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) 
Largest UK charity supporting people with hearing loss and tinnitus.

British Deaf Association
Run by and for hearing impaired people. Also provides information on British Sign Language.

DeafBlind UK
Collection of information and resources for deaf and hearing impaired people

Deaf Sign
Resource for issues related to deafness and sign language.

Deafax Trust
New technologies for deaf people to improve literacy skills and self-confidence.

Advice, support and guidance for deaf and visually impaired people.

Social enterprise company run by Deaf people for Deaf and Hearing people.

Disability and deaf awareness training.

National Deaf Children's Society
Support and information for families of deaf children.

Sense - The National Deafblind and Rubella Association
National voluntary organisation working with and supporting people who are deafblind or have associated impairments.

Ask an Audiologist

If you have any questions about the ears, hearing, hearing tests, types and causes of hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, supporting children in their hearing and listening development, or transition from children's to adult's audiology services, please ask our community advisor.