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Devices to help you enjoy entertainment

Devices to help you enjoy entertainment

If you are deaf or have hearing loss, there are devices designed to help you enjoy TV, radio, music, cinema and the theatre.

TV, radio and music

There are things you can do to help you better enjoy TV, radio or music. This includes:

  • adjusting existing settings on your TV to help you hear better
  • using subtitles and sign interpretation to help you better understand speech on TV
  • using your TV, radio or music player with your hearing aid, if you use one
  • using other helpful technology and assistive devices to help you.

Read our information about enjoying TV, radio and music


Going to the cinema

Having hearing loss shouldn’t stop you from going to the cinema. There are more subtitled screenings than ever before, plus there’s listening equipment for you to use at cinemas.

Read our information about going to the cinema


Going to the theatre

Many theatres offer assistive technology to make performances accessible for deaf people and those with hearing loss.

Read our information about going to the theatre


How to get assistive devices

Get assistive devices from social services

You may be able to get assistive devices from your local social services. You are entitled to an assessment – contact your local social services to find out more.

Buy assistive devices

You can buy assistive devices from a range of suppliers online. One of these is Connevans, who specialise in equipment for deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus.

We work in partnership with Connevans to make sure you can buy all the assistive devices you need.

If you buy from the Connevans online shop, Connevans donates 10% of the purchase price to RNID, to support our vital work.

Visit the Connevans online shop

Get help paying for assistive devices

If you work

You may be able to get an Access to Work grant. This could help cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support you need to do your job.

Find out about Access to Work grants

If you’re in education

If you’re a student aged 16 or over, you may get help to cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support that you need for your studies.

Find out more about help in education


Contact RNID

If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact us. We’re here to help.


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