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Hearing Impaired Service

The Hearing Impaired Service is an educational service. We are based in Middlesbrough but provide support to children and families who live in the boroughs Middlesbrough, Stockton & Billingham, Redcar & Cleveland & Hartlepool. Middlesbrough is the lead authority in this arrangement.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
01642 354354
Website
Hearing Impaired Service Website

Where to go

Name
Sensory Support Centre
Address
Whinney Banks Primary School
Fakenham Avenue
Middlesbrough
Postcode
TS5 4QQ

Local Offer

Description

Aims of the Service

The Hearing Impaired Service is staffed by Teachers of the Deaf who are specially trained in working with children who have an educationally significant hearing loss or Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, which has been confirmed by a qualified paediatric audiologist or ENT consultant. It provides support for children and young people in Local Authority maintained schools up to the age of 19.

The Service aims to:

  • Ensure that the audiological requirements of the pupil are met
  • Work in collaboration with parents, teachers, support staff and all other relevant agencies to ensure that pupils with a hearing loss are fully included and have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Promote effective communication
  • Ensure acceptance of deaf identity
  • Advise on appropriate special arrangements for formal and informal examinations and assessments including SATs and GCSE exams etc
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers so they can play an active role in their child's development
  • Promote a positive attitude towards deafness so that deaf children and young people have the confidence to reach their full potential

 

Referrals

The Service accepts referrals from ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists. Parents and schools that have concerns about a child's hearing are advised that the child should visit their GP to discuss a referral to ENT/Audiology. The Service is able to provide informal advice to parents and schools at this stage.

 

ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists refer children to the Service who they consider to have an educationally significant hearing loss. Such children have a

  • Confirmed sensorineural hearing loss
  • Persistent bilateral conductive hearing loss, which is not being treated surgically
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists refer children to the Service who they consider to have an educationally significant hearing loss. Such children have a

  • Confirmed sensorineural hearing loss
  • Persistent bilateral conductive hearing loss, which is not being treated surgically
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder


Children with the following hearing difficulties would not routinely be referred:

  • Unilateral conductive losses
  • Intermittent conductive losses
  • Persistent bilateral losses due to be treated surgically


Following the initial assessment visit by a Teacher of the Deaf, a decision will be made whether or not it is appropriate for the child to be placed on the Service caseload. At this stage advice/INSET is freely available to schools.

 

British Sign Language BSL

 

BSL tuition for families of pre-school deaf children is available on request. The Hearing Impaired Service commissions a local company to provide this support. Families can request this by contacting the Hearing Impaired Service or by speaking to their Teacher of the Deaf.

 

Assistive Technology

 

A central budget held by the Hearing Impaired Service is used to fund equipment. All children are assessed at least annually to determine their functional hearing levels. If the results suggest that the child is struggling to hear in a classroom environment, they will be considered for issue of a Roger system. If appropriate, these are issued to schools free of charge, and maintained by the Hearing Impaired Service. Technology is updated regularly by the Service. Schools and parents can request an assessment for equipment by contacting the Hearing Impaired Service.

 

Further information and copies of all policies are available on the Hearing Impaired Service website middlesbrough.gov.uk (schools and learning>special educational needs>Sensory Impairment>Hearing Impaired Service)

Contact Name
Kirsty Sanger
Contact Telephone
01642 354354
Contact Email
kirsty.sanger@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary
Primary
Early Years
Transition to Adulthood
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

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