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.
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.
Going to the theatre
Many theatres offer assistive technology to make performances accessible for deaf people and those with hearing loss.
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.
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.
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.
If you are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus and need free confidential and impartial information and support, contact RNID.
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