Radio aids from the start
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
- Central Bedfordshire
- Kingston upon Hull
- Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Waltham Forest
How can I access a radio aid for my deaf child?
Radio aids are available to loan for free from our Technology Test Drive service for three months. This gives you time to see if a radio aid is useful for your child. You can then ask your local authority 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