New research by the Ear Foundation

New research has been published on the experiences of children with mild / moderate deafness. The research was carried out by the Ear Foundation with funding from the National Deaf Children’s Society. It can be found online at

Key findings include:

  • nearly half (47%) of parents reported that their child was behind their age compared with their classmates, with 35% performing in line with their peers and 18% advanced for their age
  • poor acoustics, background noise and understanding speech at a distance were cited by 69% of parents as challenges faced by their child at school; with a third (33%) blaming a lack of staff awareness
  • the terms “mild” and “moderate” do not adequately reflect the impact described by parents and professionals.

NDCS’s website also features information for parents of children with mild / moderate deafness –

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