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.

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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:

  1. Small ear-level receiver units that attach to hearing devices via a hearing aid direct input shoe
  2. Integrated receivers which are built into the hearing aid direct input shoe
  3. Neckloop receivers which require the T programme
  4. Body-worn receivers which are usually worn on the chest or waist
  5. 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