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The Hearing Impairment Service

We are a team of qualified Teachers of the Deaf and Specialist Teaching Assistants supporting children with diagnosed hearing difficulties.

What do we do?

  • Work in partnership with families offering support and information regarding hearing difficulties.
  • Provide information, advice and training to college, school and nursery staff.
  • Provide specialist teaching and support to children with a hearing impairment.
  • Assess functional hearing.
  • Support and advise on the use of specialist equipment e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM radio systems.
  • Develop listening and language skills.
  • Give advice on the modification of teaching materials and access arrangements for examinations.
  • Contribute to individual communication programmes
  • Liaise with other professionals in Social Care, Audiologists at the Hearing Centre, ENT Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists and Voluntary organisations.

Who is it for?

Babies, children and students 0-16 years (or to 19 by arrangement) with a diagnosed hearing impairment, their families and carers who live in the Dudley Borough or attend Dudley schools.

Where can we see your child?

Support is offered at home, Nursery or Early Years Setting, Playgroup, School or College (by arrangement).

Support is allocated according to the National Sensory Inclusion Partnership (NatSIP) visiting criteria.

How can I make a referral?

We have an open referral system.  Referrals can be made my parents/carers, school staff, nursery/early years settings, speech and language therapists, ENT consultants, school health advisors and hearing centres. 

If you think your child may have a hearing problem: 

Preschool children - contact The Hearing Centre 01384 321266 and ask for a hearing test appointment.

School age children - ask the school to make an appointment for a hearing test with your school health advisor. 

What happens next?

  • Families of babies who are diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss through the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme will be contacted within 24 hours of the referral from Audiology.
  • For other referrals, on receipt of a signed referral form you will be contacted by a Teacher of the Deaf within one week for a new hearing aid wearer or four weeks for a functional assessment.

Further information

For further information please contact:

The Mere Education Centre
Lawnswood Road
Telephone number: 01384 818009

Find out more about Community Audiology Services.

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