Action on Hearing LossAction on Hearing Loss helps people confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. We enable them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way.
Action on Hearing Loss is the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. We give support and care, develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality. Since our foundation in 1911, we have grown to be the UK’s leading hearing loss charity helping more than 250,000 people per year and run the world’s largest donor-funded hearing research programme.
Nearly everybody has loved someone with hearing loss. We all know, if we really think about it, the effects it can have: friendships lost, marriages strained, confidence demolished – and real loneliness. Both dementia and depression become much more likely. Left untreated hearing loss can rob you of your quality of life.
Tinnitus - 24 hours of unceasing noise per day - closely related to hearing loss - drives some people to suicide.
Ten million people in the UK have the condition, and each year hundreds of thousands more find they are losing their hearing forever.
During the past century, we have sent hearing aids to deaf prisoners of war, successfully campaigned for free hearing aids on the NHS, helped transform the misperception that deaf people are not capable of learning and working, developed the technology behind cochlear implants, created the ‘typetalk’ service to enable deaf people to use the phone, and championed the introduction of NHS deafness screening for new born babies - improving early diagnosis and ultimately, their chance of a fuller life. Most recently, we funded breakthrough research to regrow hearing nerves and actually reverse deafness – although not yet in humans. We believe that if more money is invested into hearing research, a cure within a generation is possible.
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