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1911: Founding of the RNID (UK)

RNID is the UK charity working to make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.

RNID campaigns for an inclusive society, connect people to practical advice, and pioneer new treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus.

"n the early 1900s, Leo Bonn, a successful banker with hearing loss, decided to use his wealth to improve the lives of those who were deaf, or had hearing loss.

There were many societies, schools and missions devoted to the education and welfare of deaf people but they didn’t work together. Leo saw the need for a new, national organisation to coordinate activities so more people could be helped.

His aims were ambitious:

  • to support and care for people with hearing loss
  • to educate those at risk of damaging their hearing
  • and to raise awareness of how isolating hearing loss can be. 

In 2011, RNID changed its name to Action on Hearing Loss.In 2020, they went back to the old name, RNID.


Action on Hearing Loss becomes RNID again - BSL



Source: https://rnid.org.uk/about-us/our-history/

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