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Hearing Impairment

Who are we?

The Hearing Impairment Service consists of specially trained teachers of hearing impairment and support staff.  We work with families, early years settings and schools to support children with hearing loss aged 0-19.

What can we do?

The Hearing Impairment Team can provide:

  • Advice and support tailored to individual needs.
  • Deaf awareness raising for pupils.
  • Language Assessments and 1:1 teaching for children where hearing difficulties may be impacting on language development.
  • In-service training for staff.
  • Evaluation and support surrounding hearing aids, radio aids and sound field systems.
  • Advice on how a child with a hearing impairment can access the curriculum and develop independence.
  • We act as a liaison between health, education and home to meet the individual needs of all deaf children.

How can we help?

To achieve the best possible outcomes, we also work alongside families, educational settings and other professionals to accurately assess needs and identify areas for support.

Our team consists of two specialist teachers who hold the mandatory post-graduate qualification to work with deaf/hearing impaired children.  The team is also supported by a full-time learning support assistant and two part-time sensory support workers.

We have an open referral system for any child or young person with a known diagnosis of a hearing impairment.  The majority of our referrals are received from professionals within Health or Education, however, we do also accept referrals from parents/carers or any other professional involved with the child or young person.  All referrals must have written parental consent. 


Here are some examples of the support and services we provide...

  • Assessment and advice around the language and communication needs of the child or young person.
  • Advice to educational settings around accessibility and inclusion.
  • Training for educational settings around the effects of hearing loss and ideas on how to support.
  • Support and advice around hearing aids/cochlear implants.
  • Provision of specialist equipment subject to eligibility e.g. personal radio aids.
  • Environmental audits to highlight any issues around listening conditions within an educational setting.
  • Support with key transition points.
  • Contributing to Education, Health and Care Plans and attendance at review meetings (where requested).
  • Individual or small group support where required, focusing on target areas identified through assessment.
  • Supporting children and young people in understanding their hearing loss and becoming emotionally resilient.
  • Early Years support through home visits and access to specialist pre-school group. 

If you would like to refer a child/young person to our services or find out further information around the services we provide, please contact:


Lisa Stocks / Emma Brain (Sarah Hill - currently on maternity leave)

Children's Disability Service
Newton Children's Centre
Patterson Street
St Helens      
WA12 9PZ

Telephone - 01744 673135



sarahhill@sthelens.gov.uk (currently on maternity leave)