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 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?
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.