Children never stop learning. From the moment they are born, hearing is an essential part of their development. For very young children with hearing loss, as soon as they start to crawl they will start to drift outside the range that their hearing aids can communicate effectively. Whether they are at learning at school, at home with family, or playing with friends and interacting with other children things can become difficult.
Many children who wear hearing aids still have difficulty hearing and understanding a parent or teacher’s words when there is lots of background noise or over distances. If the distance between you and your child is too great, even if this is just 6-10 feet, your voice will lose its intensity and become too weak for your child to hear and respond to. Imagine mixing in some background noise or a little reverberation in the room and it is not hard to see where difficulties can arise. A Radio Aid system can make all the difference to your child’s confidence and development.
According to NDCS data a child with a hearing loss will on average achieve 30% less academically than a child with normal hearing. The younger the child the more critical the lost opportunities for learning and development are. Once a child falls behind it can be very difficult for them to catch up again. In school most children with hearing problems will potentially have access to Radio Aids that help them to overcome these environmental issues.
For young adults in further education they can go all the way through school using Radio Aids to help hear well in a classroom environment and when moving on to further education the support received throughout school years finishes. So they are starting a new chapter in their lives in the same type of hearing environments where they relied so much on the equipment provided to hear well.
Children hear better with Radio Aids
Radio Aids can also be of great benefit in the home as well as the education environment, not all learning opportunities are necessarily formal activities. Many are social pastimes such as talking around the dinner table, watching TV or playing in the park. A Radio Aid System can help with all these activities and many more, giving your child every opportunity to develop.
In most cases if your child uses equipment provided by school it stays at school when your child departs for the day, leaving behind all the benefits the equipment can provide that would be of great benefit in the home and in your child’s social life. If you want your child to be able to use Radio Aids at home as well as at school you may decide to purchase a system for home use that is compatible with what they are using at school. We can help facilitate that.
Where can we help?
For pre-school children – You can give your child a head start and purchase a radio aid system before they ever reach school, we can ensure that the equipment you purchase will be compatible with equipment they might use when they reach school age.
For children of school age – even if equipment is supplied by school you may want similar equipment to be used at home too, particularly if your child can not bring it home with them.
For young adults in further education – As a higher education student you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability (such as hearing loss), long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. The money you get depends on your individual needs and not on income. DSAs are paid on top of your student finance and you don’t have to pay them back.
So how do you acquire the equipment? It can be done in Three Easy Steps.
Contact us in the first instance to let us know you want us to help. You can phone us for advice if you like, but email is better because you can give us all the detail we need to be able to offer the best advice.
Useful information to give us is the brand and model of hearing aids your child is wearing and what equipment they are using at school, if any. It is a good idea to contact your School/LEA Sensory Support Team for advice on compatibility.
If in further education you need to be assessed by DSA, if this has been done you will need to forward on details, it is best to contact us to discuss the way forward once your claim is granted.
If you already definitely know what equipment you want to buy or you need authorisation and this has been granted you can move straight on to order the products.
If an organisation is purchasing on your behalf contact us with details or if you are purchasing personally follow the step below.
Browse on our website to the equipment you wish to purchase, select ‘Click to Buy’ and you will be taken through the secure payment process.
You will have a choice of paying by credit or debit card, or alternatively PayPal if you prefer. Once done we can start to prepare your order.
For equipment we supply regularly we often carry stock in house, but even if we need to order some of the equipment in a delay of a day or two is the most we normally expect.
As soon as we have all the items in your order to hand, checked and packed, we can send the goods straight to your doorstep.
When we send your order we always confirm by email and ship free of charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery as an insured tracked service (to arrive before 1pm the following business day). We email you the tracking number so you can track the order yourself.
Three Easy Steps! From placing an order to us shipping the goods typically we look at a timescale of 2-4 business days, sometimes faster!
One thing our customers often tell us that it is difficult to know which transmitter to choose, which receivers are most approriate to the transmitter, and whether the whole product mix is appropriate for the wearers needs.
To that end and help you out we have selected a few different popular bundles of products that go well together. Click here to be taken to a bundles page which will give you some guidance and inspiration! As ever, if you are unsure just ask us for help.
Depending on where your child is schooled will dictate where you can access equipment to help your child hear well in the challenging environment of an educational setting. Schools for the Deaf tend to provide equipment as a matter of course, if your child attends mainstream education you can access help via a SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) for an assessment of needs, and equipment may be recommended. If deemed appropriate, subject to funding restraints a system may be supplied and funded by your local education authority. (NB in 2014 it is proposed that funding will be provided directly to parents to source products advised by SENCO’s).
DSA Finance Eligibility;
|Student Finance England
0300 100 0607
|Student Awards Agency for Scotland
0300 555 0505
|Student Finance Wales
0300 200 4050
|Student Finance NI
0300 100 0077