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DeafHear.ie About Us HistoryDeafHear (formerly the National Association for Deaf People) was established on 5th June 1964 with the primary objective of "promoting the welfare of Deaf people and their families in all aspects of life".

After 40 years, this aspiration continues to be the core objective that drives the excellent services DeafHear provides nationally. DeafHear has a national network of resource centres providing a range of accessible services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and their families and is also actively involved in advocating and lobbying for improved services and new developments including UNHS (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening) and access to emergency services via text message.

Our vision is of an inclusive society where Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are fully integrated, with equality of opportunity and participation. It is our role to make this vision a reality by promoting the equal rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and enhancing their life opportunities.


1967 - NRB Audiology Service (HSE)
1970/72 - Rubella Vaccine
1972 - News for the Deaf
1979 - First ISL Dictionary in Ireland
1988 - HINTS (Teletext Service)
1991 - Deaftech
1992 - News for the Deaf in Sign Language/Sign On/Hands On
1994 - Part M Building Regulations
1995 - Family Support Service
1998 - Signlink
1998/99 - NAD/UCD Aural Rehabilitation Course

  • Mental Health & Deafness Service
  • Disability Act
  • Subtitling
  • Signed Performances
  • Campaigns:
    • UNHS
    • Audiology
    • Education
    • Access
    • Options

more...People with hearing loss are more likely to be socially isolated.


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Registered Office: DeafHear.ie, 35 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)1 8175700 Minicom: +353 (0)1 8175777 Fax: 01 8723816 Text: 087 922 1046

Charity Number:
CHY 5633 Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) Number: 20008772
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