Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Children and young people diagnosed with a hearing loss will get that diagnosis via Health.

Their hearing loss may be referred to as deafness or hearing impairment.

Deaf children and young people may use a variety of hearing technologies such as digital hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids, cochlear implants, sound field systems and/or  a personal radio aid system . They may require a medical procedure to insert grommets.

Deafness can be temporary, permanent or both.

Deafness can be in one ear (unilateral) or in both ears (bilateral).

Deafness can be mild, moderate, severe or profound.

Deaf children and young people may communicate orally and/or using  sign language.

Deafness is not a learning difficulty. However, around 40% of deaf children will have additional needs as well as their deafness.

Most deaf children and young people have the potential for better levels of spoken language development than ever before, and expectations for them should be as high as those for other children with similar ability.