Hi! I’ve just recently joined. I am severely/profoundly deaf due to Otosclerosis and having had children. I wear a BTE Aid and a BAHA. I have completely lost my confidence, I don’t really like socialising as I really struggle to hear and I have very low self asteem. I also suffer with Tinnitus, which has recently got worse. I’ve looked into Deaf groups in my area, but I don’t know BSL, so I don’t feel I fit in. I’m very overweight and unfit. I used to be very bubbly, confident and outgoing. I just can’t get to grips with my hearing loss. I live just outside Oxford but can’t find any form of help or support for people with hearing loss/deafened. Any help or advice greatly appreciated!

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  • Dear Maria1

    Thank you for your post and welcome to the forum. My name is Rachel  and I work on the Information Line here at Action on Hearing Loss.

    You have come to the right place for support and guidance and hopefully other forum users shall be commenting shortly and sharing their own experiences to help you out.

    Have you thought about using any form of listening equipment alongside your hearing aids to help when you’re out and about socialising? If you would like to know more about the equipment available,  you may wish to contact our Customer Service Team who can offer you full support in choosing the right product for you- they can provide expert advice and the best solution for your situation.  Alternatively, you can view the listening equipment on our online shop here.

    With regards to attending a deaf or hard of hearing club, you may wish to contact Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre – for more information on what they have to offer.

    Although there is currently no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone, and research to find a cure is on-going, there are many different therapies and self-help techniques that may help you to manage the tinnitus and reduce its impact on your life . With the right guidance and information, you should be able to find a therapy, or combination of therapies, that can help you manage your tinnitus.  Such as; Sound Therapy, Tinnitus Relaxers, Counselling (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) , support groups and many more.

    We’ve had a look for you, and the nearest tinnitus support group in Oxford is at St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Road, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DL

    The next meeting is Saturday 15th December at 3pm.

    For more information, please contact Paul on 07836 697767 or via email on

    We also have a selection of tinnitus factsheets   which you may wish to read through for further information.

    Our Helpline is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm so please do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 808 0123 or email us on if you would like to talk or have any questions.

    All the best

    Rachel on behalf of the Information Line

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