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Cause Description

DeafHear (formally The National Association for the Deaf) is a Non Profit Voluntary Organisation, established in 1964. It provides support services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and their families, and to professionals working with them. DeafHear campaigns and advocates for improved health and education services and better access to society for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Over 35,000 people avail of DeafHear services every year.


Services Provided by DeafHear Include:

  • Family and Support Services (Social Work, Counselling, Respite and Family Activities).
  • Assistive Technology – special alarms, doorbells and listening devices.
  • Communication Therapy for those with acquired hearing loss.
  • Sign Language Classes
  • Information and Advice on all aspects of deafness and hearing loss
  • A Mental Health Service accessible through Irish Sign Language.

These services are available through a national network of resource centres & outreach programmes.


DeafHear (formally the National Association for the Deaf) 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".

Below are some of the many campaigns, services and advances that we have played a part in over the last 48 years.

1967 – Setting up of an Audiology Service

1970/72 – Introduction of the Rubella Vaccine to Ireland

1972 – News for the Deaf on RTE, 1st in the world

1979 – First ISL Dictionary in Ireland

1992 – News for the Deaf in Sign Language

1998 – Establishing a Sign Language Interpreting Service

2005 – Setting up of a Mental Health & Deafness Service

2011 – Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Where Your Money Goes

The money you raise helps us to provide activities such as day centres for the elderly, development support for pre-school children, summer camps for teenagers and respite breaks for vulnerable adults. We would love to have you on our team!

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 5633

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20008772

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Contact Us

Contact Details

35 North Frederick Street, Dublin, Dublin, IRELAND - 1