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Who are the LINT Team (Hearing Impairment)?

We are a team of specialist staff who have expertise in hearing impairment.  The Team consists of specialist teachers who hold the mandatory qualification for teaching children and young people with a hearing impairment, and specialist sensory teaching assistants who have experience and have gained qualifications in a number of areas such as: Listening, Language and Communication, Sign Language, Early Years Curriculum Modification, Hearing Technologies and Pre and Post Tutoring. Additionally, the team comprises of a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for deaf children, as well as a Specialist Sensory Learning Mentor.

How can your setting access the services of the Hearing Impairment Team?

Most referrals on behalf of hearing impaired children and young people are made by consultants following diagnosis at hospital.  Schools / settings and other professionals can also refer children and young people to the team using the designated referral forms with parental permission. The team works with hearing impaired children and young people from birth up to 25 years of age.

What happens once a referral has been made?

Following a referral to the HI Team, contact is made with parents, the school / setting and background information is sought.  Where necessary we contact the relevant hospital and request up to date information.  The HI Team liaises closely with relevant members of the ENT / Audiology / Cochlear Implant teams, sharing results of assessments, liaising re. clinics and sharing information for the benefit of the child or young person.

The HI Team work with babies and families who have been referred following diagnosis at birth from the neonatal hearing screening programme. A Teacher of the Deaf is allocated to work with the family at home.

Our aim is to provide appropriate intervention quickly. The input received varies as it is designed to ensure that we meet the individual and specific needs of each child and young person.  In some cases, children and young people in schools / settings may be allocated specialist support or additional resources to help them access the curriculum.

In all cases a Functional Hearing Assessment is carried out. This assessment aims to determine:

  • how pupils use their residential hearing
  • the impact of HI upon language learning and communication
  • under what conditions children / young people can hear best
  • the effective use of hearing aid technologies

The purpose is to provide information about the use of residual hearing to plan intervention, to enhance listening skills and advise on appropriate methods of access to the curriculum. In Gateshead we aim to complete (as a minimum) annual  assessments of functional hearing for all pupils on the caseload.

The areas we cover are:-

  1. Effective Use of Residual Hearing
  • including testing and monitoring hearing levels and hearing aid settings
  • monitoring acoustic levels in school/setting
  • promoting development of listening skills
  • use of assistive technology
  1. Speech, Language and Communication
  • provide assessment and intervention
  1. Functional Academic Skills
  • including pre / post tutoring
  1. Social / Emotional Needs
  1. Career Education
  1. Recreation and Leisure Skills


What kind of intervention will the child or young person with hearing impairment receive?

Where possible, specialist teachers work with babies, children and young people without the need for statutory assessment. We aim to give advice and guidance to schools, settings and their staff in order to increase access to the curriculum for children and young people with a hearing impairment. The input received varies as it is designed to ensure that we meet the individual and specific needs of each child.

The LINT Team (HI) work with other service providers and voluntary agencies to ensure children and young people have access to social, sports and other activities with deaf peers. Close links are maintained between parents, the child /YP’s school or setting and the LINT Team (HI)

What kind of intervention could our school or setting receive?

We can help to support schools through a number of ways, including:

  • Explaining the nature of the child’s hearing impairment and the implications for his or her education
  • Support school staff in the effective use of hearing technologies.
  • Producing individualised guidance based upon the child/YP’s needs
  • Researching and providing access to specialist information on hearing conditions and the functional implications
  • Providing a range of informal and formal training to share proven best practice
  • Providing deaf awareness for classes or year groups, schools / settings
  • Providing specialist advice on accessibility and health and safety issues
  • Providing advice as part of the special educational needs process
  • Supporting teaching sessions either in class or in a one to one situation including providing sign language support as appropriate
  • Researching and applying for funding of specialist equipment as appropriate
  • Completing environmental advice to ensure the effective access to the spoken word and promote independence
  • Specialist Teaching of identified communication methods and for the learning of language skills
  • Advising on appropriate modification techniques to ensure equal access to the curriculum
  • Ensuring successful entry to school and transition between year groups and key stages
  • Advising on appropriate access arrangements for internal and external examinations.

How do the HI Team support the Family?

Having a good relationship with the family really helps us to support the child / YP. A successful partnership is the most effective way we can share information and expertise.

We can help through a number of ways in including:

  • Home teaching for pre-school children (early intervention)
  • Social groups run in partnership with voluntary sector
  • Providing explanations of the hearing impairment and the implications of this on listening, speech, language and communication development
  • Involving and supporting the family throughout ongoing hearing assessment and use of hearing technologies
  • Helping the family to contact and access other supportive agencies
  • Supporting the child / YP and their family at ENT/Audiology / CI appointments or the low vision aid clinic
  • Supporting the child / YP and their family at multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Assisting with access to specialist equipment as or when appropriate
  • Signpost to sign language teaching if necessary.
  • Encouraging the child / YP’s participation in a range of leisure and out of school activities
  • Give advice on resources and activities/equipment toys to help develop and enhance the child’s skills


You can contacts via telephone on 0191 433 8530 / 0191 433 8763 or email our admin via beverlymurphy@gateshead.gov.uk or callumsammons@gateshead.gov.uk


LINT Team (HI)

Dryden Centre

Evistones Road








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Jennifer Devine

Jennifer Devine

Lead Teacher for Hearing Impairment

email: jenniferdevine@gateshead.gov.uk

Tel 0191 433 8748


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