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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.

Councils in England that don't fund radio aids

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 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