Hearing Impairment

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 Hearing Impairment Parent Pack (below) has been designed by the 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.  Hearing Impairment Parent Pack


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.




Click on the video below for details on how we hear.  (MED-EL)


Hearing Impaired Pre-School Groups

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.   Dates of all groups can be seen on our calendar or click on the documents below.

East Berkshire Chatty Monkeys is held on alternate Tuesdays at the Chalvey Grove Children's Centre, Slough, SL1 2TE from 1.00 to 2.45. For dates click on the link below or for further information please phone Susie Cornish on 07823 533608 or speak to your visiting Qualified Teacher of the Deaf.

West Berkshire Chatty Monkeys meets on alternate Tuesday mornings from 9.30 until 11.30 at Spencer's Wood Village Hall, Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Reading, RG7 1AP. For dates click on the link below or for further information please phone Jane Peters on 07887 540921 or speak to your visiting Qualified Teacher of the Deaf.

Chatty Monkeys Dates