Hearing difficulties

Typical difficulties at University might include:

  • Accessing taught classes and lectures
  • Taking notes
  • Communicating with staff and fellow students
  • Producing written work in English
  • Studying in university libraries / study areas
  • Accessing social and extra curricular events

Appropriate Reasonable Adjustments might include:

  • Deaf Awareness Training for academic and support staff
  • Provision of a loop system in lecture theatres
  • Vibrating / visual fire alarms
  • Modified language examination papers

Support/resources available via Access SUMMIT might include:

  • Assessment of Needs undertaken by assessor experienced in issues affecting deaf / hard of hearing students;
  • Support package including:
    • Provision of an Interpreter or Lipspeaker in a variety of settings;
    • Provision of a note taker in taught classes;
    • Personal Communication Technology eg. FM System / Radio Aid;
    • Digital recording device for use in lectures or taught classes;
    • Language Support Tuition;
    • Personal Computer with assistive and course related software;
    • Training to make sure you make best use of the equipment you have;
    • Ongoing Assistive Technology Support to make sure your equipment continues to give you the support you need throughout your course.

Getting the support you need:

  • Support packages are individually tailored and so the first step in making sure you get what you need will be to contact an adviser at your University’s Disability Support Service; if you are studying at one of The Greater Manchester Universities see the contact details for higher education institutions. More information is also available through the NNAC Wiki.

Funding the support you need:

  • Most UK students will qualify for funding via The Disabled Students Allowances – see this page on www.direct.gov.uk for more information about the Disabled Students Allowances.