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.
The following local authorities in England don't currently fund radio aids for pre-school deaf children to use at home. We think this needs to change.
- Barking and Dagenham
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Cheshire East
- Derby City
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
- Southampton City
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
If your local council is on the list, you can take action and get the council to change their policy.
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.
If your local authority refuses to provide a radio aid you can use our campaigns toolkit to take action.
Still struggling to get a radio aid?
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