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Deaf / Hearing loss

New to hearing aids?

Has your child just been fitted with hearing aids? This video gives some tips about how to check them and maintain them so that they provide your child with the best sound possible

Introduction to the Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service

Has your little one recently been diagnosed with a hearing loss? In this video Jane Peters (Head of Service) and Lisa Bull (Educational Audiologist) talk about the Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service. They tell you about our Teachers of the Deaf and what you can expect if your child is supported by the Service.

About Hearing Loss


In the UK, between 1 and 4 per thousand children have been diagnosed with a permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI). Some 38% of the sensory impaired population will have multiple needs arising from one or more sensory loss and/or other difficulties. The incidence of hearing and visual loss is low, diverse and uneven.The impact of a significant sensory loss upon the child and family can be substantial. The importance of early detection and management will help to reduce the impact of the condition on the child's overall development. The success of many children in a range of educational establishments is testimony to the potential which can be realised. 


The Deaf/Hearing Loss Parent Pack (below) has been designed by the Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service to provide additional information to that already available from the Early Support materials. It is particularly relevant for families with a new diagnosis at pre-school age. 

We love this BBC video as it shows what good language is possible in very deaf children through both cochlear implants and hearing aids. One mum we showed it to found it very helpful and asked me to find a way to email it to her so she could show it to friends and family.

'Some people are shocked when I say I have a magnet in my head' - BBC News

These deaf children have had hearing aids or cochlear implants for most of their lives.But there are still some things you can do to help them understand you...

Video about Hearing and How it Works | MED-EL

Video to help understand hearing loss and hearing impairment by explaining how hearing works. Cochlear implants can help children and adults with hearing los...

Pre-School Group- Chatty Monkeys



This was a busy snowy day at Chatty Monkeys East.  

Parents and children had fun exploring real ice today! 

We explored coloured ice cubes, made a frozen dinosaur world, read a Polar bear story and made sparkly snowy pictures with lots of snow and ice! .... glitter and cotton wool! 


We checked Polly Dolly's hearing aids too, of course.


We run Pre-School Groups in East and West Berkshire for children with a hearing impairment. The groups are for parents, children and their siblings to meet informally over coffee and play. They also provide parents with the opportunity to explore relevant topics which affect their children and to share ideas and experiences. The sessions are run by Qualified Teachers of the Deaf who are able to offer real and practical advice.  Other practitioners such as speech & language therapists, audiologists and cochlear implant specialists also attend these groups regularly. 

Please see attached for dates of our sessions