Page last updated: 7 May 2021
We are working hard to continue to help and support everyone who needs us during the coronavirus pandemic. The health and wellbeing of the people we support, our volunteers and our staff remains our priority.
We are also committed to making sure the government understands and responds to the needs of deaf people and those with hearing loss in their response to the pandemic. Find out more about our influencing work.
If you have any questions or need more information, get in touch with our friendly Information Line:
- 0808 808 0123
- Text message
- 0780 000 0360
- Relay UK
- 18001 then 0808 808 0123
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
For information and support in British Sign Language (BSL), contact our BSL Information Service.
If you used our local face-to-face services
Following government guidance, we have paused our face-to-face local services and events, including our:
- hearing aid support drop-ins and home visits
- information stands and talks
- face-to-face befriending
- support group meetings.
But we are still here to support you in different ways, such as over the phone or through video calls. Find local support services.
You can also contact our Information Line for information and support and see our online information below.
If you need guidance on face coverings
If you use hearing aids
If you need support with your tinnitus
Contact our Tinnitus Helpline (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm):
- 0808 808 6666 (freephone)
- Text message
- 07800 000360 (text message only)
See the British Tinnitus Association website for more guidance on managing tinnitus at this time.
If you need ear wax removal
If you need communication tips
If you need communication support
We are continuing to run our communication support services. We are regularly reviewing our approach in line with the latest government guidance.
SignHealth and InterpreterNow have launched BSL Health Access. This is a free service providing on-demand access to a BSL interpreter for Deaf people in health settings. Find out more about BSL Health Access.
If you lose your hearing
If you’re looking for technology and assistive devices to help
We have a new online shop in partnership with Connevans, one of the leading suppliers of assistive devices and technology. Visit our shop for equipment such as alarms, phones and listening devices to help.
You can also contact our Information Line with any questions.
If you’re looking for official guidance on coronavirus
For official government advice on coronavirus, visit:
For health advice on coronavirus, visit the NHS website.
The charity Sign Health provides BSL videos of the guidance published by the NHS. You can watch these on the SignHealth website.
If you’re working from home
If you need more support when working from home, you may be eligible for the government’s Access to Work scheme.
If you already receive Access to Work support but your needs have changed because of the pandemic, you can report a change in circumstances through the Access to Work helpline, also available by textphone, Relay UK and BSL Video Relay.