The Hearing Impairment Service is a Newcastle City Council Service which supports babies, children and young people 0-19 years old who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.
- We are a team of qualified Teachers of the Deaf and specialist Learning Support Assistants have undertaken specialist training with the aim of giving children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss the opportunity to achieve their very best.
- We have a team of peripatetic teachers who visit homes and educational settings citywide to offer support and advice to families and school staff when a child has been medically diagnosed with a hearing loss and prescribed hearing aids or referred for and recipients of cochlear implants.
- Equipment such as radio aids are provided jointly by Health and Education. Education purchase and maintain the transmitter. Audiology purchase and maintain the receivers. Decisions regarding the provision of the radio aid equipment are made after a trial of the equipment and assessment of benefit to the child.
Some of our Teachers of the Deaf and Learning Support Assistants teach and support pupils in Hearing Impaired Additionally Resourced Centres (HIARCs) in Benton Park Primary School, Broadwood Primary School and Heaton Manor School.