Hearing impairment

Hearing loss or deafness

Action on Hearing Loss estimates that more than 11 million (about one in six people) in the UK have some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing impairment and associated conditions

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

Specialist organisations

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

British Deaf Association
Deaf-led charity for Deaf sign language users.

DeafBlind UK
Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of and governed by, people who have both a sight and hearing loss.

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

Deafax Trust
Deafax offers specialist visual and interactive deaf-friendly training and resources.

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

Social enterprise representing Sign Language communication for both Deaf and Hearing people.

Disability and deaf awareness training.

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

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

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.


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