Hearing Support Team

Service Information:

The Hearing Support Team is part of the SPOT (Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy) service, SEND & Inclusion support Somerset. The Hearing Support Team works with children and young people (C&YP) from birth up to 25 years old (post 16 C&YP will receive support in educational setting only with EHCP).

We visit Children and young people in their homes, pre-school settings, schools and colleges.

We provide information to parents about using hearing aids and the effects of hearing loss on language development and access to learning.

We work closely with audiologists, ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) consultants, cochlear implant teams, educational psychologists and speech and language therapists and voluntary agencies such as National Deaf Children’s Society.

We provide direct support and training for school and nursery staff in order to be sure the needs of your child are planned for.

Service Criteria to include in the EHA:

Criteria to access this service, should be referred to and can be found below and/or on the Support Services for Education website.

The below information is required in addition to the information already requested in the EHA.

Section 4:

We only require details of the child being referred but you may complete the whole section to provide a wider context.

Section 5:

We only require the names, address and contact details of parents/carers.

Section 6:

We only need to know professionals who are directly involved with the child you are referring. You may complete the whole section to provide a wider context. Please ensure you provide the details of the child’s Hospital ENT/Audiology and name of ENT consultant.

Section 7:

Please ensure you include the diagnosed hearing loss.

Section 9:

Use the drop-down menu to select “Hearing Support Service”.

Contact Details:

Email address: InclusionSENRequests@somerset.gov.uk
Email address for pre-referral advise: spotservice@somerset.gov.uk