Coronavirus – Hearing Impairment Resources
Your child’s teacher will be available to offer you support and information. If you need to find out who they are, please contact the team lead: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be able to direct you to the right person.
General support and information
The two main charities who support children and young people with a hearing impairment and their families in the UK are:
- National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) – they also have specific advice on supporting deaf children and the Coronavirus.
- Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)
Using radio aids
The Hearing Impairment service at Essex County Council provide Phonak Roger radio aids – including the Roger touchscreen, Roger pen or Roger Inspiro transmitter, and the receivers that work with them.
There are videos on YouTube which explain how to use these – search for your Phonak Roger device to find these guides. You can also ask your Teacher of the Deaf about how to use and look after your aids.
- Baby Beats App by Advanced Bionics – for babies
- The Listening Room by Phonak – all ages
- Advanced Bionics – all ages
- Cochlear – all ages
British Sign Language (BSL) activities
Signature offers 90 days free access to their BSL homework site. This has videos and supporting materials for people learning BSL at different levels:
The KAOS Signing Choir has videos and signed songs to join in with.
Apps for deaf children and families
The NDCS has lists of useful Apps for Android and IOS devices. These are organised into different sections to help you find what you are looking for.
Below is a small selection of apps that the Hearing Impairment Service at Essex County Council have also found useful for younger children:
|Baby Beats||Y||Y||Free||Listening activities and games|
|Peekaboo HD||Y||Y||Free||Guessing the animal hiding|
|Listen and Learn||Y||N||Free||Differentiating sounds|
|Knock Knock||Y||N||Free||Peekaboo game|
|My PlayHome Lite||Y||Y||Free||Identifying sounds around the home and following instructions|
|Sound Touch Lite||Y||N||Free||Listening and identifying sounds|
|Word Wizard||Y||N||Free||Spelling activities|
|Signed Stories||Y||N||Free||Stories that are spoken and signed and have subtitles|
|Smarty Pants||Y||Y||£2.99||Faces and emotions|
|Nighty-Night||Y||N||£3.99||Bedtime stories with animation|
|Hairy Letters||Y||Y||£3.00||Blending letters of the alphabet|