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Council Services:

Hearing Impairments

About the Service

The Hearing Impairment Team, part of the Sensory Education Support Service (SESS), includes a team of Qualified Teachers of Hearing Impaired Children and Specialist Teaching Assistants who have been trained to support children with hearing impairments of all ages and in a variety of settings. The team provides specialist advice and support to parents, Early Years staff and teachers and works with other professionals, including medical staff, voluntary agencies and governors etc. across Lincolnshire

The Hearing Impairment Team support pre-school children at home and in Early Years settings; monitoring and promoting the development of functional hearing and providing on-going advice to parents on appropriate toys, equipment and strategies to use to develop their child’s attention, listening and communication skills. The Hearing Impairment Team can also advise and support Early Years staff so that they can provide a stimulating environment and appropriate activities for the child.

The Hearing Impairment Team support Primary and secondary school children, planning for the child’s transition into the school setting with parents and teachers. Our support includes advising and liaising with school staff to ensure that the child can access the curriculum alongside their peers by using their preferred communication mode and specialist equipment, including hearing aids, cochlear implant processors and FM radio hearing aids.

Referral guide and eligibility criteria

Children and Young People can be referred to the Sensory Education and Support Service’s Hearing Impairment Team by Parents, Health Professionals, Early Years settings and schools. An initial assessment from a Health professional and parental consent will be required prior to referring a child to the Service.

Referrals made to the Sensory Education and Support Service are screened by a Senior Teacher. Children and young people with permanent sensory impairments, who are likely to require advice and/or support from a Teacher for Hearing Impaired Children are visited and assessed and a decision is then made as to whether they will be taken onto caseload. Those with a mild hearing loss or with conditions such as glue ear or one sided hearing loss will be sent advice sheets.

Services and Provision

The Hearing Impairment Team offers support to children, parent/carers, families and professionals working with children that have a hearing impairment. This includes;

  • Carrying out functional hearing tests and interpreting and explaining the results to parents, the special educational needs coordinator, class teacher and other professionals
  • Advising on any necessary specialist equipment and demonstrating its best and safe use to enable the child full and equal access to the curriculum
  • Advising on modifications to classrooms to improve acoustic conditions so that the hearing impaired child can listen more comfortably
  • Monitoring language development by using specialist assessments sin order that teaching programmes and/or strategies for language development can be provided.
  • Liaising with and advising staff about classroom management and supporting school staff to develop materials at the appropriate language level to facilitate curriculum access
  • Supporting and advising any support staff working with the child
  • Providing deaf awareness training for peer groups in school
  • Providing ongoing assessments, reports and advice for schools and parents
  • Attending reviews and all associated meetings
  • Providing training courses on school premises, or at named venues, for teachers, assistants, special needs coordinators, headteachers etc
  • Liaising with other Local Authority agencies and also with voluntary organisations

Short Breaks Services Statement

Future developments in the Short Break services for children and young people who are disabled and/or sensory impaired and their parent/carers.

Download it here

Short Breaks

Information for families of children with a disability and/or sensory impairment.


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Last updated: 9 May 2016

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