The Audiology Department
The promotion of speaking and listening skills is integral to our teaching approach and for hearing impaired children and young people, this means providing the best possible access to high quality amplification. We recognise the commitment our pupils’ and their families make to use hearing aids or cochlear implants and the important role of this technology in supporting speech and language development.
We have our own clinical audiology suite, to enable our audiologist to monitor pupils’ hearing and access to speech in a variety of listening conditions. Our audiologist can re-programme and replace faulty hearing aids and fast-track the replacement of cochlear implant components to ensure pupils have the maximum possible learning time with good amplification.
When required, our audiologist will make adjustments to pupils’ hearing instruments and supply replacements for faulty aids from school stock. We also take earmould impressions and contact implant centres to fast-track the replacement of cochlear implants. This means pupils have the maximum possible learning time with good amplification.
Our audiologist also ensures we achieve good listening conditions throughout the whole school environment. She monitors the acoustics of all our teaching areas and the effectiveness of the digital sound field system used in all classrooms. This maximises pupils’ ability to hear their teachers and each other.
Her work with the school nurse and speech and language therapists ensures that all our children have optimum opportunity to use their residual hearing, which then translates into improved communication skills.
Our audiologist is a vital member of the St John’s team, her work is integral in promoting “an environment where every voice is heard and celebrated”.