Hearing Support Service

Service Information:

We visit children and young people in their homes, preschool settings and schools and work with them to develop their communication, language and independence re managing their hearing loss and assistive equipment.

We provide advice, guidance and bespoke training re management of hearing loss and supporting the development of communication and language development to staff in all settings.

We provide information and support to parents about hearing aid management and the effects of hearing loss on language development and access to learning.

We work closely with audiologists, ENT consultants, cochlear implant teams, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and voluntary agencies such as NDCS to provide direct support/training for school/nursery staff in order to be sure the needs of the child and young person are planned for in all settings.

We provide advice to teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs about meeting the needs of hearing impaired children and young people in order that they can fully access the curriculum and learning environment.

We support educational settings to implement the Somerset Core Standards.

We plan together with school/nursery and other settings to meet a child’s needs through a Focused Intervention Plans (FIPS) which set objectives to monitor and evaluate their progress on a regular basis.

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: InclusionSENSupportServices@somerset.gov.uk