Old name, new purpose: why we’ve gone back to RNID

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Read the latest news from RNID and stories from deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.


How ‘Dinner Table Syndrome’ makes deaf people feel socially isolated

Evie explains how the dinner table can lead to social isolation for deaf people and those with hearing loss – and the adjustments hearing people can make for friends and family this Christmas. I was born hearing. I grew up the centre of attention, or at least battling my sister to be centre of attention. I am a very sociable person and love to be around friends and family, chatting, talking and generally putting the world to rights. I started to...

Old name, new purpose: Action on Hearing Loss becomes RNID again

https://youtu.be/q5xYVH45dDQ Hey, it’s the team at RNID here. We've recently gone back to our old, much-loved name after a decade as Action on Hearing Loss. We wanted to tell you why. The return to the household name, which dates back to 1911, is part of our ambitious plans to reach more of the 1 in 5 adults in the UK who are deaf or have hearing loss and the 1 in 8 who have tinnitus. The focus on the daily issues deaf...

How a gift in your Will could make a difference

A valid and up-to-date Will is one of the most important documents you will ever possess – but the process of writing one doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Hello, my name is David and I am the Gifts in Wills manager at RNID. Here, I’ll explain the importance of having a valid Will and how RNID benefits from the generosity of those who leave a charitable gift in their Will. Request your free Will guide Why do I need a...

Fletch@ on making it as a Deaf SignSong performer

Fletch@ is one of the UK’s leading Deaf SignSong performers. Otherwise known as Jayne Fletcher-Brander, the 36-year-old from Wolverhampton explains how music has kept her going "through her darkest days". It wasn’t until senior school that I realised I was deaf I was born prematurely. The nerves in my ears hadn’t developed correctly, which meant I was profoundly deaf. My family were all hearing with no experience of Deaf culture, identity or the language. My parents believed that I would ‘get by’...

Hands off our Hearing Aids: campaign update

A recent committee meeting shows Staffordshire and Stoke clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have yet to act on the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of hearing aids. On 14 September, councillors within Staffordshire’s Healthy Select Committee, which monitors and evaluates local health decisions, questioned Marcus Warnes, the Accountable Officer for the six CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke. The Committee asked Mr Warnes what progress had been made in determining who will be eligible to receive hearing aids across the county, and...

Clear face masks delivered across the UK

The Government has announced that 250,000 clear face masks are to be delivered to frontline NHS and social care workers to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate. The current masks used in health and social care services make it impossible for people who are deaf and have hearing loss to communicate effectively, so we called on the Government to approve clear masks for use in health and social care services and we have...

New assistive hearing products partnership

We are delighted to announce our partnership with leading supplier of assistive hearing technology Connevans Limited to supply products to our supporters. Products are available via a new dedicated online shop at www.RNIDconnevans.co.uk. The range includes alarms, alerts, phones and TV and assistive listening devices. There is also a section called ‘My Hearing Aid’ where you can search for your specific make and model of hearing aid and find the accessories that are compatible with them. Connevans is committed to working...

Gerry’s volunteering journey

Gerry started volunteering with RNID in 2003. As someone with hearing loss who’d been wearing hearing aids for many years, Gerry felt that by becoming a volunteer he could easily relate to people looking for support. “I thought joining the RNID would be a great opportunity for me to help others, and also learn new skills,” Gerry says. Since then, Gerry has been involved in more volunteering roles than you could count! He supports people with their hearing aids at drop-in...

‘Action on Lockdown’

Vicki tells us her experience of lockdown so far, including the pressures of homeschooling and communicating with hearing loss.    I’m mum to two small girls aged 4 and 7 and so far we have been in lockdown for 6 and a half weeks with the first two in isolation as the girls had some symptoms. I have severe/profound hearing loss - and this lockdown thing has been hard! 'The biggest hurdle has been homeschooling' In some ways the things I’ve found tricky...

Shaila’s volunteering journey

Shaila started volunteering with us in 2019. She is an administration and information outreach volunteer, and helps hundreds of people with hearing loss by giving information in both English and Gujarati. “I feel very happy volunteering for RNID. Volunteering has brought me a lot of opportunities and certainly helped me boost my confidence!” Shaila’s volunteering journey with RNID started in January 2019: “After retiring in 2011, I really wanted to do something to serve the community and help other people who, like...