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How can I make a referral?

The majority of referrals to the Hearing Support Team for children under the age of five come directly from the Audiology Departments, following assessment of a child’s hearing.  The Hearing Support Team operates an open referral policy.

Signs of a possible hearing loss:

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  • do they have poor speech?
  • do they mispronounce certain words?
  • has their behaviour changed recently?
  • do they understand what is said to them?
  • do you often have to repeat what you said?
  • are they having difficulties at school?

Has an audiologist checked your child’s hearing?

If no:

  • and your child is under 5 years old you will need to contact your Health Visitor
  • and your child is at school you will need to ask the school or your GP to make a referral to a Senior Hearing Screener
  • and your child is at college you will need to ask your GP to make a referral for a hearing test

If yes please contact your child’s educational setting and ask them to complete the SEN Support Services Request for Involvement Form and parent / carer consent forms.  The eligibility criteria for each service is listed on each of these forms. 

If an educationally significant hearing loss is found a Teacher of the Deaf will become involved.

If the child has not had their hearing tested you need to request an initial hearing assessment, please complete the CHA1S referral form and return it to Treliske Hospital using the address on the form.  See also Strategies to support the inclusion of a pupil with a hearing loss in the educational setting. 

If the child has a known hearing loss and has had their hearing checked by an Audiologist, please complete the SEN Support Services Request for Involvement Form and parent / carer consent form. The eligibility criteria for each service is listed on each of these forms.

If an educationally significant hearing loss is found a Teacher of the Deaf will become involved.

A Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in working with children with a hearing impairment is bought in by the Hearing Support Team.  This therapist works with children who have a severe to profound hearing loss and / or those who have a cochlear implant.

Your supporting Teacher of the Deaf, in discussion with you and the specialist Speech and Language Therapist, can make a referral.  You will be asked to sign a referral form.  Each referral will be considered and processed through a central point so that consistency is maintained.  This specialist therapist also offers advice and support to speech and language therapy colleagues and other professionals supporting children with a mild / moderate hearing loss.

If you have concerns yourself, discuss these with your local Teacher of the Deaf or community Speech and Language Therapist who can decide if a referral to the specialist Speech and Language Therapist is appropriate.

Further information can be found within the Speech and Language Therapy booklet.

Children who fall outside the referred criteria for specialist Hearing Impairment Speech and Language Therapy can be referred to:

Suite 7
Carew House
Beacon Technology Park
Bodmin
PL31 2QN

Telephone:  01208 834488

Information regarding speech and language therapy in Cornwall and a referral form can also be found on the Speech and Language Therapy pages of the Cornwall Foundation Trust website.