Visual and Hearing Impairments

Children and young people with Visual or Hearing impairments

Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.

Action on Hearing Loss estimates that there are more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK with some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.

Hearing loss can occur suddenly, but usually develops gradually. General signs of hearing loss can include:

  • difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say
  • asking people to repeat themselves
  • listening to music or watching television with the volume turned up higher than other people require

Audiology

Newborn babies will have a hearing screen done by maternity services.

For children under 5 years, please contact your GP or Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or Health Visitor if the child is under 2 years and 6 months.

For children over 5 years please contact your GP or SENCO.

Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy service may become involved with all these groups of children. However, the involvement will be based on the child’s need rather than their medical diagnosis.

Visual Impairments

In the UK, there are almost 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.

Being told you have a visual impairment that can't be treated can be difficult to come to terms with. Some people go through a process similar to bereavement, where they experience a range of emotions including shock, anger, and denial, before eventually coming to accept their condition.

For children under 5 years, please contact your GP or SENCO or Health Visitor if the child is under 2 years and 6 months

For children over 5 years please contact your GP or SENCO. 

Information, help and guidance

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