The Audiology Clinic has a purpose built, well equipped testing room and the school employs a specialist audiologist.
- Follow Modernising Children’s Hearing Aid Services (MCHAS) guidelines and protocol
- Encourage Students with residual hearing to use their listening devices
- Ensure that the quality of the Students listening devices are at their maximum settings and working well
- Ensuring optimum listening potential
- Daily listening checks from Form Tutors
- Weekly Hearing Aid/Cochlear Implant checks by Audiology Team
- Test box hearing aids every term
Assessments & monitoring
- Perform Otoscopy for assessments or where there are concerns of outer ear pathologies
- Perform Tympanometry for assessments or where there are concerns of middle ear pathologies
- Assess and monitor Students with injury to their Cochlear Implant site following the British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) protocol
- Perform hearing assessments yearly as well as when required by Staff / Parents / Carers / Local Audiology
- Appropriate testing including Visual Reinforcement Audiology (VRA), Play Audiometry, Pure Tone Audiometry & McCormick Toy Test
- Wax removal where needed
- Provide high quality ear moulds where needed and promptly issue the moulds on receipt.
- Repair Hearing devices in house and where possible replace existing faulty equipment
- Loan Cochlear/Hearing aid RSDD equipment while waiting for ordered items from the Students Local Audiology Team.
Audiology in the classroom
- Provide information, advice and guidance to Teachers of Students with Hearing Impairment.
- Classroom support for children, Teachers and Teaching Assistance.
- Audiological advice and support for the management of personal hearing aids, Radio Aids, Cochlear Implants, Soundfield Systems.
- Support for transitions between Key Stages i.e. from Primary to Secondary & Post 16.
- Support Language acquisition and development for English and BSL.
- Multi-agency liaison of information.
- INSET day delivery to governors & staff.
- Accessible information on Staff Shared.
- Contributing to the process of Statutory Assessment.
- Liaise with Speech & Language Therapists, School Nurse, parents / carers and Local Children’s Hearing Services.
Children and young people
- Ensure children and young people can take appropriate responsibility for their listening device.
- Ensure where possible children and young people know how to use their listening device.
- Explanation of the students hearing loss/ degree of hearing loss
- Where appropriate ensuring children and young people know how to read their Audiogram
- Transition young people smoothly from child to adult services and give them the appropriate information required