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Radio aids from the start

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Radio aids technology transmits a person's voice directly to a deaf child's hearing aids or cochlear implants. This makes a big difference for many deaf children and can help them to develop language before they start school. Despite the benefits, not all councils in England provide this technology for pre-school deaf children to use in the home with their families.

As of February 2020, the following local authorities in England don't fund radio aids for pre-school deaf children to use at home. We think this needs to change.

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Croydon
  • Cumbria
  • Ealing
  • Havering
  • Kent
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Kirklees
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds
  • Medway
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Redbridge
  • Sutton
  • Walsall
  • Waltham Forest

How can I access a radio aid for my deaf child?

Radio aids are available to loan for 60 days through our Borrow to Buy scheme. This gives you time to see if a radio aid is useful for your child. You can then ask your local authority's Sensory Support Service to provide the radio aid.

Still struggling to get a radio aid?

If you would like help getting a radio aid please contact our Helpline.