- Borrow a radio aid from NDCS
- Radio aid suppliers
- Additional information about borrowing and buying radio aids
Radio aids are used in schools and educational settings to help deaf children and young people hear their teachers and other students better. They can also be helpful when used at home, during activities or when out and about.
The radio aid works by making the sound the deaf child or young person needs to hear, such as the teacher’s voice, clearer in relation to unwanted background noise.
A radio aid system consists of a transmitter, worn by a teacher for example, and a receiver, worn by the student. There are five types of receiver:
- Small ear-level receiver units that attach to hearing devices via a hearing aid direct input shoe
- Integrated receivers which are built into the hearing aid direct input shoe
- Neckloop receivers which require the T programme
- Body-worn receivers which are usually worn on the chest or waist
- Ear-level receivers for deaf children and young people who don’t use a hearing aid
Deaf children and young people who use hearing aids, cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids can use radio aids, as can those that have a unilateral hearing loss, or are unable to use a hearing aid.
Borrow a radio aid from NDCS
We loan radio aids from four manufacturers:
A radio aid can be borrowed for three months by NDCS members by filling out the form in the above links.
After borrowing a radio aid from us, you may decide to purchase it or you may be able to obtain it from your local authority, educational establishment or through Access to Work on a long-term basis.
More information about how to get a radio aid.
Radio aid suppliers
Additional information about borrowing and buying radio aids
Also in this Section
- NDCS Technology Test Drive
- Vibrating alarm clocks to help deaf children wake up
- Watches with vibrating alerts
- Door chimes that alert deaf children to someone at the door
- Personal paging systems for alerting deaf children to sounds around the home
- Radio aids
- Soundfield systems for classrooms
- Personal listeners for communication
- Landline phones for deaf children
- Textphones for text conversations
- Accessories to make landline telephones easier to use.
- Mobile phone accessories for clearer conversations
- Products for listening to music
- Streamers for helping deaf children access entertainment devices
- Headphones for deaf children
- TV listeners to help you hear the TV better
- Loop systems for clearer sound
- Bone-anchored hearing aid accessories
- Technology that could help deaf children with additional complex needs
- Mobile phones