Radio aids – optimising listening opportunities: Guide

Gill Weston, Pauline Cobbold, Cate Statham and Helen Maiden with contributions by James Mander, Gary Webster and Brian Copsey | View as single page | Feedback/Impact

Use in everyday life

Radio aids can be very useful in everyday life.  Deaf CYP often find themselves in difficult listening environments eg horse riding, bike riding, the car, supermarket, music and drama rehearsals, listening to music, phone, TV, restaurant, cafe, the park.

This poster gives some examples of parents using radio aids with their children in everyday life and includes some of their comments.

Top tips

  1. Seek advice from a qualified professional prior to use, to ensure the system is set up appropriately.
  2. Check battery is charged and the system is switched on and working.
  3. Wear the microphone 15cm from your mouth.
  4. Remember to mute the microphone when you don't want the child to hear what you are saying.
  5. Remember that the microphone is sensitive and that rubbing from jewellery, lanyards and clothing can cause unwanted noise.
  6. Remember the child will not be able to tell where the voice is coming from, unless they can see you talking.
  7. Call the child’s name to get their attention before talking to them.
  8. The signal may be poor if there is an obstruction between the transmitter and receiver.
  9. Be aware that the system works best within a certain distance.  See manufacturer's’ recommendations.