Sensory impairment

Services for deaf or blind people

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We offer a specialist service through Deaf Action or RNIB, who together form the Lothian Sensory Partnership.

For people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or deafblind

Deaf Action can 

  • assess your needs and provide advice and long term support
  • assess for and provide specialist equipment such as flashing doorbells and smoke detectors
  • provide a BSL duty service

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service, run by Health In Mind, offers free one to one counselling for

  • deaf
  • deafened
  • hard of hearing
  • deafblind adults.

available in British Sign Language without interpreter and also English. A personal  loop system and communication in written English are available for people who are deafened or hard of hearing.

Lothian Deaf Community Mental Health service can give you support with mental health or emotional issues that make every day life more difficult.

Visit our list of helpful services for people with hearing loss.

Your library can give you free hearing aid batteries for your NHS hearing aid 

For people who are blind or partially sighted (severely sight impaired or sight impaired)

RNIB support services can 

  • assess your needs and provide advice and long term support
  • assess for and provide specialist equipment and a rehabilitation and mobility service
  • give advice and support at the Eye Clinic Support Centre at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.