The technical aids and equipment available to support deaf learners is ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated. Ewing Foundation staff have good relationships with manufacturers and undertake to remain up to date with developments.
This knowledge and understanding enables them to support staff in a range of settings by providing training, conducting audits of equipment and skills, offering maintenance and repair services and general trouble-shooting. The different types of equipment being issued to deaf pupils can be confusing and we try to explain the rationale for some of these decisions. For example, it may not be clear why some children have ear-level FM receivers, whilst others have body-worn devices, so we have produced a handout to explain some of the issues: Body-worn or ear-level?
Some new radio aid systems are offering the option of neckloops. For considerations about the use of neckloops with children, go to our PDF fact sheet.
Often, we are asked about using deaf children’s specialist equipment with everyday technology in the classroom or home. Follow these links to find out how to Connect a TV to a Personal FM Radio System and get Direct access to computer sounds for deaf students.
Checking and testing children’s hearing aids and setting up their FM systems appropriately is an important part of a Teacher of the Deaf’s role. Whilst confidence and skill will come with practice, many find a quick guide to test box procedures to be a valuable resource as a reminder of correct procedures: Hearing Aid Check Using the FP35.
Technology is constantly changing and professionals may encounter some issues of compatibility or procedures when new models are introduced. Click the link to find out how to Avoid Cochlear FM Confusion