Some of our key achievements include successfully lobbying the NHS to provide free hearing aids in 1948, and hearing-screening for new born babies in 2000. We’ve also been involved in life-changing research and become one of the UK’s leading specialist-care providers for people affected by hearing loss.
A national charity for deaf people was born
In 1910, Leo’s lipreading teacher, Mary Hare, introduced him to Arthur Story, headmaster of the Mount Blind and Deaf School in Stoke-on-Trent, who was leading the call for a national organisation for deaf people. Leo was so impressed that on 9 June, 1911, he hosted a meeting of the disparate organisations in the dining room of his Mayfair home, where he offered to establish and fund the National Bureau for promoting the General Welfare of the Deaf.
Continuing to improve lives
With Leo at the helm, the founding organisations set out their three aims: to co-ordinate charity activities for deaf people, provide accurate information and statistics, and suggest reforms to improve their lives.
Since then, we’ve achieved so much. But our work’s not over yet. Today, our three aims are to provide Support and Care, develop Technology and Treatments and achieve Equality for everyone confronting deafness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. We’re driven to succeed by the same passion to improve lives that inspired Leo Bonn, our founder.
With your support, we can continue the work that Leo Bonn began. Donate now and help us support millions of people with hearing loss and tinnitus.