The world of audiological technology is fast-changing and costly. To help deaf children and their families keep apace of the latest advances, we have funded vital new equipment at the following charities:
We have supported the National Deaf Children Society’s Technology Test Drive, a free service which allows deaf children to borrow hearing technology to trial at home and school. Our grant was used to buy 12 radio aids. 90% of the parents whose children trialed the radio aids have said it has enabled them to make an informed decision about how best to proceed. We made a further grant to the Test Drive in September 2014, and we have also contributed to their new Listening Bus which will travel the country showcasing the latest in hearing technology.
We have bought radio aids for The Talking Trust at St Mary’s Special School in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. ‘One student had refused to wear his clunky old aid for the past 18 months,’ reported their audiologist. ‘But he is now a convert to the new system. It has made a dramatic improvement to his quality of life, as well as his ability to learn.’
We have funded the equipment for The Elizabeth Foundation‘s national outreach programme. Designed for the families of deaf children who are not close to the Foundation’s Hampshire headquarters, the cameras, recorders, audio and editing equipment have been used to record and analyse the language development of deaf babies and toddlers.