The official website for Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (Australia) Inc.

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All About SHHH

  What We Are
        Mission Statement and Objectives
   Our Services
        SHHH Online Discussion Group
        Libby Harricks Achievement Award
        Community Awareness
        Hearing Aid Bank

   Where To Find Us
       Information Centres
        Support Groups
  The People Behind Us
       Board of Management
        Advisory Panel

SHHH Membership
Join SHHH and participate in all the benefits of membership.

SHHH Information Sheets
Many useful articles and features on all aspects of hearing impairment.

Useful links
Click here to find references to all kinds of useful services such as audiologists, suppliers of hearing technology, support groups, other associations, etc, etc.

Contact us . . .

Room 26
Hillview Community Health Centre
1334 Pacific Highway
Turramurra    NSW    2074

By email at:

On Facebook by clicking

By phone:
(02) 9144 7586

By fax:
(02) 9144 3936



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This website is for members of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) and for the wider community of those have an interest in hearing impairment.  It tells you what SHHH is about, and has lots of news and information on hearing impairment issues.  
There are many links to other relevant websites and much more besides.  In particular, see the Special Features at the foot of this column.  

If you're in Sydney, come and visit one of our information centres for free information and advice.
We are open for visitors!

SHHH is here to help!

Do you feel that you or someone close to you may have a hearing loss?  Check for these common signs of hearing loss here.

Hearing loss is a very common problem, affecting more than one in ten in our community.  A hearing impairment can be very distressing to the individual, to couples, and to family, friends, carers and workmates.  However, there is so much that can be done nowadays to help people manage hearing loss. With modern technology, good communication strategies and well developed coping skills, so much more can be done to make life easier and more enjoyable.

SHHH is made up of many volunteers, mainly themselves hearing impaired, who are able to help others with the knowledge and experience that they have acquired.


Community Service Announcement

Four people share their experiences of hearing loss in this video.


Donate to SHHH!

You can assist the work of SHHH by making a donation through the secure channel of GiveNow!  Click on this button to find out how:


Special Features

SHHH is on Facebook!

We now have a new Facebook page where we would love you to "like" us and to read and see all the latest developments with SHHH.  
Just click on the blue 
logo at the top right corner of this page and feel free to post questions, comments and solutions!

Invisible Handicap Resource Kit.
This popular resource kit, aimed at professionals and carers working with the hearing impaired, is now on sale at a greatly reduced price. For details follow this link.
To read a professional review of this package click here.

Ask an audiologist!
Do you have a question you would like to put to our expert audiologist, Dr Jenny Rosen? Send an email to SHHH at and we will get back to you with an answer as quickly as possible.

Captioned movies.  Would you like to know what captioned movies are showing and where you can watch them?  Media Access Australia have them listed on their website. Follow this link to see them.

SHHH Library.   Did you know that SHHH has a library of books,  magazines, DVDs and videotapes covering all aspects of hearing impairment?  Call into SHHH's Turramurra Information Centre to browse or borrow from our collection.  A catalogue of what's in the SHHH library can be seen here.
Donations of relevant material are always welcome.

Hearing Aid Bank.  
SHHH, in conjunction with Macquarie University, has established a Hearing Aid Bank.  Eligible needy people who are not able to receive free hearing aids from the Commonwealth Government can be fitted with recycled hearing aids. Donations of suitable unwanted aids are welcome. Click here for more information and to read the story of how the Hearing Aid Bank came into being.

SHHH Buddy System Trial.  Are
you interested in making contact with other SHHH members in your area?  If so, we want to hear from you.  Please contact Pauline Reidy on 02 9144 7586 or
Note that you must be a SHHH member to participate.  That's another good reason to join! Click here for an application form.

Captioned Telephony Trial.
SHHH has successfully applied for the trial of the WebCapTel system.  We  can offer any interested member a trial at our office in Turramurra, NSW.
If you are not sure what WebCapTel is, it basically allows you to make and receive phone calls via your computer with captions.
No special equipment is needed. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and any telephone.  Please phone the SHHH office on 9144 7586 to express your interest.

This website last updated 19 August 2014

Latest News

In this issue:
  • Elizabeth Mathias, Libby Harricks Achievement Award Winner for 2014
  • Save our Australian Hearing from privatisation threat
  • Ready, willing and capable despite negative perceptions by employers
  • Graeme Innes, human rights advocate, steps down
  • Etiquette issues for the hearing challenged
  • Occupational Noise induced hearing loss
  • List of SHHH's Corporate Members
. . . plus much more!  See here for how to subscribe.  Better still, become a SHHH member and receive this magazine with your membership. Click here for an application form.

Click here to view an index of major articles published in back numbers of Hearing Matters. Individual issues going back to 2004 may be ordered free of charge by contacting SHHH.

Survey on Access to NSW Government Services by People With Disabilities

Taverner Research is conducting a survey on behalf of the NSW Attorney General's Department to assess the experiences of people with disabilities in their contact with a range of NSW Government Services.  A $80 gift voucher will be given to participants.  Click here for details.

Access at Belvoir St Theatre

It’s important to us that everyone coming to Belvoir St Theatre has the same experience, regardless of their physical abilities, so we are pleased to offer the following range of services and facilities to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For details click here.


$100 discount offer
 Nepean Audiology Services are offering SHHH members and friends a $100 discount on hearing aids, if they mention SHHH when they come for a hearing aid consultation.

Visit them at Suite 201, Hospital Specialist Clinic, 68 Derby St, Kingswood NSW 2747, Ph: 02 4737 3346, Fax: 02 4737 3357 , website


"One app can make a difference"

Any iPhone/iPad/iPod touch owner with a hearing disability should try this app.  Click on this link: One app can make a difference

Captioning in Theatres

There are now more theatres than ever showing captioned performances.  For details click here.


Here's a website from which you can select meals for home delivery!  Go to to check it out.  



For residents in Sydney's Hornsby area a bushfire hazard reduction assistance program has been initiated.  Click here for details.

“Word Of Mouth” offers 10% discount to SHHH members.

Visit the Word of Mouth website on to see their range of equipment for the hearing impaired.  Then contact the SHHH office on 9144 7586 for more details and to obtain your member's discount.

Not a SHHH member?  Click here to obtain a membership application form.

Noise levels in restaurants

Visit this website to see how you can contribute to rating restaurants according to their noise level.

Looking Back . . .

May 09:  The 2009 Libby Harricks Oration was delivered in Sydney by Professor Graeme Clark. Click here to read a summary of this.

Aug 07:  SHHH produces a TV ad for Hearing Awareness Week 2007.  See it here.