Links to Organisations

The intention is to provide an accessible list of links to key organisations that have a remit relevant to the objectives of the BSA. A brief explanation of role of the organisation is provided where necessary. We welcome the addition of other relevant links so please contact the BSA office with requests to add to or otherwise amend this list.

Professional Organisations and Special Interest Groups

Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals

Description: AIHHP is a professional association with full membership open to registered hearing aid dispensing professionals working for independent hearing aid practices normally found on the high street.

British Academy of Audiology

Description: the largest association of professionals in hearing and balance in the UK. Membership extends internationally and provides services in both the public and private sector

British Association of Audiological Physicians

Description: A professional group for audio-vestibular medicine; that branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, medical treatment, habituation and rehabilitation of children and adults with disorders of hearing and balance.


Description:  An organisation which has as its objectives ‘The advancement for the public benefit of education, training and research in the fields of otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery; the relief of patients suffering from diseases in the ear, nose and throat and related areas.’

British Association of Educational Audiologists

Description: A professional organization for Educational Audiologists working within education support services or schools for hearing-impaired children.

British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology

Description: A professional association of paediatricians practising audio-vestibular medicine.

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf

Description: Promotes the educational interests of all deaf children, young people and adults and safeguards the interests of Teachers of the Deaf.

British Cochlear Implant Group

Description: The British Cochlear Implant Group is a professional body representing all the Cochlear Implant Centres and other specialist medical practitioners throughout the United Kingdom.

British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists

Description: BSHAA is the professional body which represents and promotes the interests of the independent hearing aid profession

Hearing and Balance UK

Description: The organisation, originally known as The National Committee of Professionals in Audiology (NCPA), before changing its name to The United Kingdom Federation of Professionals in Hearing and Balance (UKFPHB) was set up in 1990 as an independent committee representing the interests of the entire range of professional groups active in the field of Audiology.

Each of the member organisations is represented by a single committee member who acts as link between the HAB UK and their own professional organisation.

{link – to BSA HAB UK page }

Institute of Acoustics

Description: The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Description: Professional body of and for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

National Third Sector Organisations

Action on Hearing Loss

Description: National charity providing support for people with hearing loss and tinnitus.

British Deaf Association

Description: A National charity with the primary purpose being the status and recognition of the Deaf Community and British Sign Language (BSL) in the United Kingdom.

British Tinnitus Association

Description: The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus and their carers in the UK and to advocate on their behalf.

Deafness Research UK

Description: A charity concerned with biomedical research into hearing loss and tinnitus that has now merged with Action on Hearing Loss.

Ear Foundation

Description: An independent charity that helps deaf people and their families make the best use of technology to improve hearing, communication and spoken language

Hearing Link

Description: A charity with the remit to ensure that people living with hearing loss can find the information they need, the specialist services they require, and the social contact they want in order to live well with hearing loss.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Description: A national charity and centre of excellence in training dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and public buildings.

National Association of Deafened People

Description: A national charity providing information and support for deafened people who have lost all or most of their useful hearing, and for their families and friends, to help enable them to regain their independence and enjoy the best quality of life.

National Deaf Children’s Society

Description: A national charity which has the objective of furthering the education of and to relieve the needs of deaf children.

Scottish Sensory Centre

Description: An organisation that has the mission is to foster educational, research and development activities relating to children and young people with a sensory impairment in Scotland.


Description: A national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.


Description: A charity dedicated to helping deaf people, particularly children, in the poorest communities of the developing world.

Public Sector

British Standards Institution

Description: A multinational business services provider whose principal activity is the production of standards and the supply of standards-related services.

Department of Health (England)

Description: A ministerial department that leads, shapes and funds health and care in England.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Description: A Non-Departmental Public Body accountable to its sponsor department, the Department of Health, but operationally independent of government. Provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

National Physical Laboratory

Description: the UK’s National Measurement Institute

NHS Careers

Website addresses for NHS careers information for respective UK home countries:

Scotland –

Wales –

Northern Ireland –

England –

Research Sector

MRC Institute of Hearing Research – Website Address:

Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit:

Auditory Perception Group, the University of Cambridge

Visual, Auditory and Sensory Neuroscience, the University of Newcastle

Auditory Neuroscience Group, the University of Oxford

University of Southampton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research –

Sheffield Speech and Hearing Group, the University of Sheffield

University of Manchester Audiology and Deafness Research Group –

University College London Ear Institute –

Education Sector

Provided below are links to UK higher education institutions offering education in Audiology.

Anglia Ruskin University

Aston University

City Lit

DeMontfort University

Queen Margaret University

Southampton University

Sunderland University

Swansea University

University of Bristol

University of Manchester

University College London

Manufacturers and Suppliers Organisations

British Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association

Description: A forum for manufacturers in the UK to work together in the following areas:

Contribute reliable market data for the benefit of the hearing aid industry as a whole.

Build and support public awareness of hearing issues and the benefits of using hearing aids.

Represent the common interests of members in conjunction with other professional, trade,

regulatory and consumer organisations.

Overseas Organisations

American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

American Academy of Audiology