NDCS: The National Deaf Children's Society

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Childhood deafness

Find information on all aspects of childhood deafness.

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Understanding your child's hearing tests

Information on different types and causes of deafness, hearing tests, the medical tests that can be done to try and find out the cause of deafness, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and what you can expect from your audiology service.


Your child's audiology service

It’s important that you know what your child is entitled to and to think about whether your child’s audiology service is meeting their needs.

Types and causes of deafness

Here we explain some of the types and causes of deafness.

Why does my child have a hearing loss?

The range of tests that can be carried out to try to find the cause of your child’s hearing loss.

Balance and balance disorders

A factsheet for parents to provide information about the balance system and balance disorders.

Deaf children with additional needs

Information for parents and carers of deaf children with additional needs.

Newborn hearing screening

Newborn hearing screening is the name given to a type of screening test that tests the hearing of newborn babies within the first weeks of life.

Cochlear implants

Information about cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants (ABI) for deaf children.

Hearing aids

Information on the different types of hearing aids available and how to encourage your child to use them.

Decorating and customising your child's hearing aids or cochlear implants

Tips if your child would like their hearing aid or cochlear implant to be colourful.

Hearing equipment ‘how to’ videos

Get step-by-step instructions from our audiologist on how to keep your child’s hearing aids in good working order.

Resources for children

NDCS has published three comics for children about getting grommets, hearing aids and visiting the Hearing Clinic.

Vision care for your deaf child

Publication giving information for parents and carers about monitoring your child's eyesight.

Early Support: Information about deafness and hearing loss (2013)

This resource, written by NDCS for Early Support, is for parents of deaf children and young people up to the age of 25 who have recently been identified as being deaf.