New Tinnitus Support Group
Starts 29th September - Newton Aycliffe
 New Yoga Class
Starts Friday 15th September - Bishop Auckland
Keller Court
Outreach returns at Keller Court
Exciting News!
New Evening Lip Reading Group
Are you a member with Type 2 Diabetes?
Please read on for more information
New Address
DDS have now moved!!
Support Group Holidays
Find out when your Support Group is on holiday
DDS Patron
Matt Baker
Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Durham Deafened Support is a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime. What is Hate Crime? Please check out our page here.

DDS has valuable experience in seeking out and bringing together people who have become socially excluded and isolated because of their hearing loss. Through communication techniques, advice and support our reintegration programmed “Life After Deaf” has shown that early intervention reduces the incidence of mental health problems and has enabled late deafened adults to have a better quality of life and gain equal access to services.

  • Lip-reading/support groups, 10 throughout County Durham, kept small to enable our members to get the maximum amount of benefit from the Support they receive.
  • 1:1 and family support / home visits. Understanding and making changes to cope with hearing loss
  • Dealing with Deafness rehabilitation weeks (brief synopsis below)
  • Resource centres in Peterlee and Keller Court, both are BT Try Before You Buy centres.  We also have products from Sarabec and Action on Hearing Loss to try.
  • 1:1 and group support for people with Tinnitus (noises in the ears and head)
  • CI Friendship group. These are informal meetings for people considering having or who have had a Cochlea Implant.
  • Sign post to welfare rights /access to work where required
  • One off events such as visits by the Bionic Ear - please keep a look out for specific events

Other projects are: Yoga, Crafts, Walking Groups, Specialist Groups for members with dual sensory loss,  Young Man's Group and basic communication via IT 

All our groups are free to attend but we do ask all participants to become members of Durham Deafened Support and pay a donation of £5 each year membership fee.  
Dealing with Deafness (DWD) Rehabilitation week
Dealing with Deafness is a five day non-residential rehabilitation week, aimed at helping people with hearing loss and their families to deal with the traumatic effect that hearing loss can have.

The course covers topics that will help deafened people and their partners, families or close friends to understand more about deafness and how to deal with the anger, anxiety, fear and frustration associated with acquired hearing loss. Topics covered include

  • Communication skills/ awareness
  • Cochlear Impant - a users perspective
  • Tinnitus/ balance problems
  • Welfare Rights
  • Keep safe - Police and Fire Brigade
  • Hearing dogs for deaf people
  • Relaxation

We encourage the deafened person to be accompanied by a relative, partner/spouse as their lives have also been affected by the person's hearing loss.

Our feedback from this course has been exceptional, please find a taster of some of the feedback we have obtained. 

"I regained my self esteem and my identity"

"As a hearing partner I went along to support my husband, never realising how much benefit I would get from the week!"

If you are interested in coming along or know someone who could benefit please contact us in the first instance on 0191 5183358 or E-mail  Places are allocated on a referral only basis.

The next Dealing with Deafness Week runs from Monday 25th October to Thursday 28th October 2017 and further weeks are scheduled for March and June 2018.  Please let us know sooner rather than later if you would like to attend as places fill up fast.