General hearing impairment


There is a huge amount of information on the internet, so much that it can be confusing. The following is a short list of sites that we hope you will find helpful.
Action on Hearing Loss

AOHL aims to achieve a radically better quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people by campaigning and lobbying vigorously, by raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss, by providing services and through social, medical and technical research. Offers information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is the largest national organisation run by deaf people for deaf people. The BDA represents the views of the deaf community and promotes British Sign Language. It also has a Youth, Children and Families section
EURO-CIU is a non-governmental and non-profit association established in Luxembourg in 1995. The association consists of 33 national member associations from 25 European countries. Altogether the EURO-CIU represents almost 200.000 cochlear implant (CI) users across Europe, approximately 60% of whom are adults and 40% children.

EURO-CIU ‘s mission is to increase access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through awareness and research.

EURO-CIU has special forms for emergencies on its website. You can find the forms here.


NDCS is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Provides factsheets, publications, impartial information and support to families and professionals on every aspect of childhood deafness – schooling, communication, parenting, health services, welfare benefits, equipment and much more. There is also a network of local DCS groups that organise meetings and events.

Special Needs Jungle

A parent-led website offering information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people from 0-25

The Ear Foundation

Supports deaf individuals who use hearing aids, cochlear implants or bone-anchored hearing aids. Provides resources, courses, training and events for deaf adults, children, their families and the professionals who work with them, and carries out research into a wide range of topics relating to hearing impairment. Also provides independent assessments, advice and reports through their Sound Advice programme.

United Kingdom Council on Deafness (UKCoD)

A membership body for organisations concerned with deafness. Provides access to specialist information, conferences and collaborative working opportunities, whilst providing a collective membership voice to political and cross sector partners.