If you or your family member has a hearing loss, you can benefit greatly from the support, information and interaction that is offered by community / consumer groups.
Audiologists offer individual or group rehabilitation, whereas community groups offer the opportunity for long term ongoing support in social situations, an opportunity to spend time with others experiencing communication difficulties and a way to keep up to date with new developments in the field.
Community groups may be focussed on particular disorders or technologies, and others offer more general support.
Independent Audiologists Australia supports and liases with consumer and community groups.
Are you from a community or consumer group?
Hearing Matters Australia (formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH)) is made up of many volunteers, mainly themselves hearing impaired, who are able to help others with the knowledge and experience they have acquired. HMA is based in Sydney but offers services online to all of Australia.http://www.hearingmattersaustralia.org/
Cochlear Implant Club & ADvisory Association (CICADA) Australia Inc is a registered charity and volunteer organization helping and supporting, hearing impaired Australians who use Cochlear implants to hear.https://cicada.org.au/
Tinnitus Australia is a network of collective medical and allied health organisations.
Tinnitus associations in each state offer information and support.
Click on the images below for further information about NSW ATA, Tinnitus Association VIC and Tinnitus SA.
Deafness Forum advocates for and seeks solutions on issues for Australians with hearing loss. Individuals and organizations may join.
Parents of Deaf Children supports families with babies, children and teenagers with hearing loss in NSW.
Information and support for families raising children with hearing loss.
HearSpace is a website that provides information for the public for those who are known to have hearing loss or think they or others might be experiencing hearing loss. Live chat is available to answer questions. The site was developed with ILC NDIS funding and developed by the Deaf Society.
More information at https://hearspace.org/