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Technology at school

Photo: Technology at school

It’s important that we all have the opportunity to take part in social, sporting and educational activities – allowing us to learn, develop, have new experiences and meet other people.

Hearing aids and implants allow most wearers to hear speech in quiet situations but in doing so they amplify all of the sounds around them, including unwanted background noises. In noisy places like school or clubs, understanding what other people are saying can be very difficult and your child might need to use other products to help them join in and take part.

Here we describe how some of the most popular and user-friendly technology could help in accessing sound at school, college or during after school activities. These products can be borrowed from our Technology Test Drive loan service.

Radio aids

A radio aid is a piece of technology that makes the sound the deaf child or young person needs to hear, such as the teacher's voice, clearer in relation to unwanted background noise. Radio aids are commonly used in education to help a deaf child hear the teacher better, but are also very effective when used at home, when socialising or for out of school activities.

Soundfield systems

A soundfield system is an amplification system that provides an even spread of sound around a room. This is beneficial for deaf students, as they can hear the teacher's voice clearly from wherever they are seated, even if the teacher is facing away from them. Soundfield systems are mostly used in education, in lecture theatres or in workplace meeting and conference rooms.

Digital streamers

Digital streamers wirelessly connect hearing devices to a wide range of Bluetooth enabled sound sources, such as TV, telephones, laptops and tablets. They can be beneficial to deaf students as sound is sent wirelessly to their hearing devices, cutting out background noise in the classroom.  Streamers are generally worn around the neck or clipped to clothing.

Personal listeners

Personal listeners are small handheld amplifiers which are helpful in making conversations easier to follow. The personal listener has a microphone to pick up speech or other sounds.