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.

1:1 and family support

Hearing loss affects the family, not just the deafened person! It doesn’t have to be a profound hearing loss that causes the problems. Sometimes, even a slight hearing loss can cause exclusion from the "normality" of everyone else's lives.

Sudden or gradual, slight or profound hearing loss can have a traumatic effect causing family conflict and a communication breakdown. If you are struggling to cope with your or your partner's hearing loss, contact us to see how we can help you.

Drop ins

Durham Deafened Support has two resource centres with an abundance of relevant information and equipment that may help you. Hearing aid compatible phones, personal listeners and room loops are available to try. Both centres are British Telecom (BT) Try Before You Buy centres.  

Horden 10.00 – 12.00
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Horden Welfare Hall

Any other time by appointment

see "contact us"

Langley Moor 

By appointment only

see "contact us"

Awareness Events

You can often find our staff out and about in the local community.  Watch this space for details of our next drop in's 

Saturday 26th August St John's Chapel Agricultural Showtbc
Saturday 2nd September Peterlee Carnival10:00 - 4:00
Sunday 18th September Egglestone Agricultural Showtbc
Thursday 28th OctoberShotton Community Centre10:00 -3:00
Monday 27th November Newton Aycliffe Womans GroupEvening

Dealing with Deafness Week

The next Dealing with Deafness week is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 26th October at Bowburn Hall Hotel.  Places are allocated by referral only.  We use palantype (speech to text facilities) during Dealing with Deafness Week.

A further Dealing with Deafness Week is scheduled will be scheduled for March 2018 watch this space for further details.

Click here for a referral form

Cochlear Implant (CI) friendship group:

If you have or are contemplating having a CI come and join our small informal group.  Palantype (speech to text facilities) are in use at meetings of our Cochlear Implant Friendship Groups.

Call in or contact us for a friendly informal and confidential chat.

Meetings of this group take place quarterly, the next meeting will be announced shortly

Local Community Support Groups including Lip Reading :

Attendance is by referral only, contact us for more information

All local community support groups have qualified ALTA (Association of Lip-reading Teachers to Adults) tutors

Newton AycliffeMonday10.00 -12.00
SedgefieldMonday1.00 - 3.00
Barnard CastleTuesday1.30 - 3.30
DurhamWednesday10.00 - 12.00
PeterleeWednesday10.30 - 12.30
CrookThursday10.00 - 12.00
PeterleeThursday10.30 - 12.30
SpennymoorThursday1.00 - 3.00
NEW -  Langley Moor - starts Thursday 17th AugustThursday6:30PM - 8:30PM
East StanleyFriday10.00 - 12.00
Lanchester Friday  1.00 - 3.00

Also see the Activites and What's on page


One-to-one support is continually available, group support is available at the venues listed below. For more information telephone 0191 5183358 or e-mail

Our Tinnitus Lay Counsellor has been trained by the British Tinnitus Association 

Support groups are available at the following venues:

Bullion Hall - Chester-Le-StreetLast Tuesday each month1:30 to 3:00PM
Keller Court - Langley Moor Last Tuesday each month 6.00PM - 7.30PM
NEW - Skerne Park Medicak Centre - Sedgefield6 week course starts 16th August 20172:00PM - 3:30PM
Welfare Hall - HordenLast Thursday each month1:30PM - 3:00PM

Tinnutus Support Groups in Chester-Le-Street, Horden and Langley Moor do not operate during December.  

Details of a further support group following the course at Sedgefield to be announced shortly, as course at Sedgefield is unfortunately at capacity.


Are you interested in training for Deaf Awareness/ Communication Skills?

If so DDS can help,  we offer a bespoke training sessions (up to 2 hours for maximum of 25 people)

This course is designed to enable those who attend to improve their communication skills and to understand more fully the effects of hearing loss. A wide range of staff would find this beneficial in particular those who come into face to face contact with the general public e.g. reception staff, GP Surgeries, care staff or home visitors.

Please contact Jane Atkinson (  for more info

Palantype (speech to text)

We use palantype whenever possible at our meetings, such as AGMs and other meetings.  This assists our members in gaining the maximum benefit for any meeeting that they attend.