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Children and young people with permanent hearing loss may get help at nursery and school and special equipment to help them hear better.
Babies are given hearing tests in the first few hours of life.
If you think your child might have a hearing problem, speak to:
your health visitor – if your child doesn’t go to school yet
your doctor (GP)
the school nurse at your child’s school or your child’s teacher
They will arrange a hearing test for your child.
If your child has permanent hearing loss
If the hearing tests show that your child has permanent hearing loss, they’ll be referred to our Hearing Support Service.
An educational audiologist from our Hearing Support Service will work closely with a paediatric audiologist in the NHS.
The NHS paediatric audiologist will:
assess hearing levels
fit hearing aids
help your child to use their hearing aids or cochlear implants
Our educational audiologist:
will assess your child's hearing levels to understand what help they need to hear better at school and home
may offer radio systems or other listening devices at your child’s nursery or school
Help for your child
Your child will get help at home and at nursery from a specialist teacher of the hearing impaired or specialist practitioner to:
use their hearing aid or other hearing equipment
develop their listening and language skills
work with families to develop skills to fully support your child
We may also offer the opportunity for your family to go to a support group to meet other families who have a child with hearing loss.
We will assess your child’s hearing, language skills and how they’re doing at nursery or school. We’ll then advise you and your child’s nursery or school about what your child needs to make sure they reach their full potential.