The NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme was introduced in 2006, to check babies’ hearing. As a result, most babies born deaf are now identified within a few weeks. Getting the right support from the start is vital.
‘Using Radio Aids with Pre-School Deaf Children’, a report from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) highlights, how the use of technology such as radio aids can have significant impacts on hearing and communication for deaf children. However, the report raises concerns over the inconsistent and inequitable provision during early years.
For instance, almost one in two local authorities are not able to make radio aids available to pre-school deaf children.
Radio aids are one way of providing support and ensuring that deaf children are not isolated. The government should respond to the concerns that have been raised by the National Deaf Children’s Society and ensure that parents of deaf children are supported with early intervention.