Hearing Loss and Related Organisations

Below is a list of organisations, professional bodies, charities and blogs that have a direct or indirect interest in assistive listening technology and the hard of hearing.

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Action on Hearing (was RNID)

Offers support, advice and a range of products for the hard of hearing. Campaigns and lobbys on behalf of the hearing impaired.


National Deaf Children's Society

Provides support to deaf children, young people and their families. Aims to remove barrriers to achievement for deaf children throughout the world.


Britsh Deaf Association

Largest organisation of deaf people in the uk, that is run by the deaf. Represents the british sign language community. Aims to achieve equality for the deaf.


Royal Association for Deaf People

Established in 1841. Supports and campaigns for deaf people. Mission is to promote equality for deaf people through the provision of accessible services.


National Association of Deafened people

Founded in 1984. Offers support to people who have lost all or most of their hearing. Helps them regain independence and enjoy the best quality of life.


Hearing Concern

Advice and resource site covering a wide range of hearing loss related topics. Encourages communication and discussion via online feedback and forums.


Hearing Dogs For Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf people is a national charity and centre of excellence in training dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals in the home, workplace and public buildings. Their mission is to offer greater independence, confidence and companionship to deaf people by providing dogs trained to alert them to chosen everyday sounds.


Hearing Link

UK hearing loss organisation that helps hard of hearing find information, appropriate services and connections with others.


British Society of Audiology

Founded in 1966. Largest audiology site in Europe. Aim is to increase the knowledge of hearing and balance and enhance audiological practice with members from all areas of audiology.


Institute of Acoustics

The UK professional body for people working in acoustics, noise and vibration.


Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers

The professional body for sound and comminication engineers.


Access Association

The Access Association is a networking organisation for professionals concerned with the inclusive and accessible environment.


Assist UK

Assist UK aims to improve disabled and older people's access to accurate, reliable and impartial information and advice about products and equipment for easier living.


National Register of Access Consultants

NRAC provides a quality standard for access consultants. It enables cients to locate suitable consultants for their access needs.


Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)

The Centre for Accessible Environments is the information and training body on the accessibility of the built environment for disabled people. Includes information on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.



The TechDis Accessibility Database provides an on-line information resource on products that are available to assist those with disabilities. It is designed to provide information on assistive, adaptive and enabling technologies to the UK Higher and Further education sectors.


UK Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee ( DPTAC )

The DPTAC advises the Government on the transport needs of disabled people.



A consortium of the main UK deaf organisations working to improve deaf people's access to telephone servces and facilities.


Deaf 247

A directory of deaf related resources, including organisations, British sign language, culture, magazines, discussion groups and news.



Promoting equality in education, training and employment for disabled people.


Susie Jones Consultancy

Accredited and bespoke training courses in disability equality, deaf awareness, deafblind communication, deaf communication, use of technical aids eg: hearing aids



DeafHear (Formerly NAD)

National Irish Hearing Loss association. Supports the hard of hearing and profoundly deaf with a range of products and services. Actively campaigns for the hard of hearing and have been instrumental in changes to the Irish Building Code of Practice which now includes assistive listening including induction loops. The driving force behind the looping of the LUAS trams in Dublin.


European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH)

Exists to represent the hard of hearing at european level in dialogue with the European Union, members of the European Parliament, and other European authorities. Organised the first international confernce on Loops and Telecoils in 2009


Hearing Loss Association of America, HLAA

US leading organisation representing people with hearing loss. Provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to live with hearing loss. Campaigns and lobbys on behalf of the hearing impaired. Holds annual convention. National support network includes office in Washington, 14 state organisations and HLAA chapters across the united states.


Center for Hearing Loss Help

US site offering help, support and assistive listening products for people with hearing loss.


Accessible Property Register

Accessible and adapted property in the UK and worldwide is listed for sale or rent. Owners, estate agents, local authorities, housing associations and developers may advertise on the register, while users can search for property details and receive email alerts about homes that meet specific accessibility requirements. A register of APR Approved Partners - agencies who understand access issues and who will market accessible or adapted property positively - is also available.


Adaptive Environments

Adaptive Environments is a US organisation that promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programmes, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy.


Axistive Assistive Technology News

Axistive Assistive Technology News Portal is a US site that offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devices, including ones for the built environment.


Code of Practice on Access and Mobility

Access code provides a Code of Practice on Access and Mobility that covers all aspects of the environment we live in. The advisory document reflects best practice and current statutory requirements for the design of buildings, structures, highways and transportation.


Research Group for Inclusive Environments

RGIE manages research contracts related to accessibility within environments and acts as a focal point for disseminating information, developing collaborative projects and attracting further research.


Say What Club (SWC)

US on line hard of hearing community offering advice, support and opportunity to share experiences and make friends with other people who are hearing impaired . Members from all over the world.



US site offering advice, guidance and a range of products to assist the hearing impaired.



Liz's Deaf Blog

Blog by author Liz Fisher who was diagnosed deaf in 2002.


I look so I can Hear

Blog about living with hearing loss in London UK.


The Deaf Blog

Blog with main focus on cochlear and baha implants.


Deafinitely Girly

Blog site for hard of hearing girls and women.


Hearing Times Blog

News site related to hearing impaired and hearing loss issues.


Hearing Exchange

Paula Rosenthal's Blog and resources on Hearing Loss, cochlear implants, parenting deaf and hard of hearing children, teachers and therapists.


Hard of hearing community

UK health agency offering advice and products for the hard of hearing.


Donald's Deaf

Technology, business and networking discussions for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Hearing Loss Nation

Social network for the young and hard of hearing aged between 18 and 35.


Eh? What? Huh?

US Blog by an itinerant teacher with hard of hearing students. Offers advice and 'how tos' on a range of hearing loss related topics.


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