Right from the Start
The early years is a critical time for language and development. This is challenging for many deaf children in noisy places where they cannot hear their parents clearly. We’re campaigning to make sure that every child who needs one can get a radio aid.
Campaign with us
Ask the new Secretary of State for Education to make it easier for councils to access funding for radio aids - email him now.
Radio aids help deaf children hear speech by transmitting what people are saying direct to the child’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. Our research has found that the use of radio aids hearing technology can make a big difference in the early years, helping deaf children hear their parents above any background noise. Despite these clear benefits, over half of local authorities in England do not make radio aids available to parents of pre-school deaf children to use at home.
Find out more
- Download our parliamentary briefing on radio aids for MPs in England.
- Read the full research report to find more about the potential benefits of using radio aids in the early years.
- Read our Right from the Start campaign report about the wider actions we want the Government in England to take to ensure every deaf child gets the support that they need in the early years.
Information for families
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