Thornhill Primary School


Hearing Impairments


What is hearing impairment?

Hearing impairment is a diagnosed condition. It can be permanent or temporary.


How to spot children and young people with hearing needs in the classroom?

Signs of a possible hearing difficulty may include a child or young person:

  • not responding when their name is called
  • not contributing much in class
  • not seeming to follow what is being said in class, or misunderstanding instructions
  • struggling to concentrate, particularly when people are talking
  • appearing to find school exhausting
  • using behaviour as a way to mask their difficulties or as an expression of frustration
  • watching the teacher’s face very closely when he or she is speaking
  • asking for information to be repeated or saying ‘What?’ a lot
  • using too loud or too quiet a voice
  • watching others do something before attempting it themselves
  • becoming increasingly withdrawn from others in the classroom
  • having delayed speech and communication development
  • mishearing or mispronouncing words, which may affect reading
  • not being able to hear what’s happening if there is any background noise

Where to seek help?

Hearing Impairment Team

The Hearing Impairment Team focusses on supporting deaf/hearing impaired children and young people aged 0–25 from diagnosis and their families. This specialist team is made up of qualified teachers of Deaf, Educational Audiologists, Deaf Instructors, Family Support Workers and Specialist Support Staff.

Call the Hearing Impairment team on 01709 336430

Or contact:
Clare Armitage, Hearing Impairment Team Leader – information and enquiries about the services offered, including Resource Provision
Tracey Lawton, Deaf Instructor – all enquiries about BSL