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Educational Audiologist

Our Educational Audiologist, Helen Maiden, provides audiology support 1½ days a week. Helen has worked with Deaf children for nearly 20 years, and has specialised as an Educational Audiologist for 10. She is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf with an MSc in Educational Audiology, and a Certificate Diploma in Speech, Language and Communication Needs, as well as BSL Level 2.

Helen works with students in School checking and monitoring their hearing aids and cochlear implant processors, conducting listening and test box checks. Primary and Secondary students are introduced to sounds and are supported to examine how these relate to the environment. Overtime, they will gain an understanding of which sounds they can access and become familiar with their own audiogram. This is important for students as it gives them an understanding of their hearing levels, how their hearing loss affects them and helps explain their level of deafness to those that can support them in future.

Working closely with Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Audiologists ensure students have the best access to sounds to support their speech and lip-reading development. Helen also supports staff across the Academy, providing training and updates on the latest amplification equipment and raising awareness of individual students’ hearing potential and how this can be best supported in the classroom.