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Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are extra pieces of equipment to use alongside your hearing aids or cochlear implant to help you hear better in certain situations.

For example they can help you to:

  • Hear better on your mobile phone
  • Listen to your music directly through your hearing device
  • Connect to Bluetooth devices directly through your hearing device
  • Hear a speaker at a distance, for example at a meeting or lecture
  • Hear a speaker in a noisy situation like a restaurant more easily

We can arrange an appointment to give you advice and to demonstrate equipment that may help. For more information please contact us on 0161 2764613 or email us at

Social Services

If you are having difficulty hearing the doorbell, TV, alarm clock, smoke alarm at home and require equipment to help you, then please contact Social Services for a home assessment as some of this equipment may be available with no charge:


You can call: 0161 2345001 to request an assessment at your home (or 0161 2192658 if you have a question directly for the sensory team). You can e-mail:

Sensory Provision

Manchester Deaf Centre

Crawford House

Booth Street East

Manchester M13 9GH

Telephone:      0161 234 5001
Textphone:      0161 276 9336
Fax:                 0161 276 9336
SMS:              0753 493 8598


Tameside Deaf Team

Tameside Adult Services

Stalybridge Resource Centre

Waterloo Road Stalybridge

SK15 2AU

Telephone:     0161 342 2400

Minicom:         0161 342 3602

Fax:                 0161 342 2460


Adult Social Care Team

Stockport Council

Town Hall

Edward Street



Telephone:      0161 217 6029

Minicom:         0161 217 6024

Fax:                 0161 217 6022



Physical Disability and Sensory Team

Waterside House

Sale Waterside

M33 7ZF

Telephone:     0161 912 4450 / 4362

Minicom:         0161 912 4377 / 4381

Fax:                 0161 912 4076



The Sensory Centre

Brinks Place

Chorley Street



Telephone:     0120 433 7900

Minicom:         0120 433 7901

Fax:                 0120 433 7817

SMS:               0778 903 1832


Cheshire East Deafness Support Network (sensory support)- 0333 220 5050

If the contact information for your local Social Services is not on this list please ask an Audiologist.

Access To Work

Access to Work can help you if your hearing loss or other disability affects the way you do your job. It gives you and the person you work for advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs. Access to Work can pay for some or all of the equipment that it feels you need at work, eg adapting premises to meet your needs, or a support worker etc.

Access to Work helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 7479
Textphone: 0800 121 7579
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 7479

The Royal National Institute For Deaf People (RNID)

The RNID is the largest charity working to change the world for deaf and hard of hearing people. Please contact them for additional information about the latest equipment and for further advice about your hearing

RNID Information Line (Freephone) – Tel: 0808 808 0123

Text: 0808 808 9000 Email: Website:

The RNID Tinnitus Helpline provides support, understanding and the opportunity to ‘unload’ when you most need it.

RNID Tinnitus Helpline (Freephone) – Tel: 0808 808 6666. Text: 0808 808 0007

SMS: 0780 000 0360 Fax: 020 7296 8199  Email:

Hearing Concern Link

Hearing Concern Link provides support and information to people with a hearing loss and there families.

Tel: (01323) 638230 Text: (01323) 739998 Fax: (01323) 642968

Website: Email:

British Tinnitus Association (BTA)

The BTA is a charity providing support and advice about tinnitus:

BTA Tinnitus Helpline (Freephone) – Tel: 0800 018 0527


National Association of Deafened People (NADP)

The NADP provides help, advice and support to improve the lives of deafened people:

Tel: 0845 055 9663 Mobile (SMS only): 07527 211 348

Fax: 01305 262 591

Email:  Website:

Lipreading Classes

If you want to find out where your nearest lipreading class is please contact the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA).

Tel: 0161 886 7000 or 0161 886 7070 Minicom: 0161 877 8435 Website:

Manchester Deaf Centre – Chorlton-On-Medlock

The centre is a place for D/deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people to meet and socialise. The centre also runs an agency, Communication Support Service (CSS), which provides Sign Language Interpreters. There are also Link workers based at

the centre to give advice and support on access to services.

Tel/Minicom: 0161 273 3415 Email: