Ensuring that our pupils are able to make the most of their residual hearing at school is an essential part of our work. We work to ensure that:
- The students’ audiological equipment is kept in excellent working order
- Good listening skills and competent lip reading skills are developed
- Strategies to deal with noise in everyday situations are taught and shared.
Understanding our Hearing Loss
We feel that it is important that all children understand their deafness, as well as the equipment they have to support their listening. We provide regular sessions, through our Deaf Studies programme, where we talk about hearing loss and what it means. In addition, we provide hands on training to support the older children in managing their hearing aids independently. This includes how to clean and re-tube their ear moulds, as well as discussing their individual audiograms.
Radio Aid Systems
All children have access to a Roger Touch system and Roger X receivers, which are discreet, effective and easy to maintain ensuring children receive the highest possible quality of speech sounds in their classrooms, during assemblies and on school trips. In addition, we also have three Roger SoundField systems, which help amplify the class teacher’s voice for the benefit of all children in the room.
Testing and Maintenance
Currently we have children who wear either hearing aids or cochlear implants. This equipment is checked daily by Resource Base staff to ensure it is always in good working order. In addition, more detailed checks are carried out using a test box for all hearing aids at least half termly.
We have strong links with Broomfield hospital’s paediatric audiology team ensuring that any faults which are identified with a child's hearing aids are resolved quickly, to minimise the impact on the child's learning. In addition, we have regular visits from audiologists and technicians, to check the fit of each child's ear moulds and to take new impressions when needed.
We also work with a number of implant centres around the country, to support our pupils who have cochlear implants.