Audiology and Hearing
Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential. If you think that your child might have hearing loss, ask your doctor for a hearing screening as soon as possible.
Information for Parents and Carers
- The National Deaf Children's Society offers free information and support to families with a deaf child. Support is provided through specialist advisers and family events, and various activities and events where deaf children and young people can learn new skills, gain confidence and meet other deaf children, often for the first time. Also, find out how to go about teaching British Sign Language (BSL) to children.
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust oversees all aspects of audiology in the County. Diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services are offered across all sites (Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Amersham hospitals) of the Trust. The audiology department currently has one of the shortest waiting lists for digital hearing aids in the country.
Young Deaf Activities is a Buckinghamshire Council commissioned charity which runs a Home Communication Club which provides families with 10 free British Sign Language (BSL) lessons in the home.
- Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service (BISS) – is delivered by Action on Hearing Loss on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council. BISS works with children, young people and adults with hearing loss, sight loss or dual sensory loss. BISS can offer a home assessment which will focus on the person’s sensory loss, as well as other needs. The team can offer specialist equipment such as loud flashing doorbells, TV loops and smoke alarms to encourage independence and safety. They can also offer advice and information on hearing loss and related issues. Through their partners Young Deaf Activities, there is access to BSL tuition for families of deaf children as well as access to other activities and support groups offered by YDA.
Success for kids with hearing loss provides professionals and family members more information about the learning and social issues of children with hearing loss.
You can find out some useful facts about hearing loss in children on the USA Centre for Disease Control Prevention website.
Read Julia Donaldson's article in the Guardian about why children should find out about signing. Published 19 May 2015.