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Any BAHA wearers???

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SallyBear Thu 08-Nov-12 17:25:58

Anyone with a child who wears a BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) and uses a Radio Aid in school?
DD (13) is complaining that her radio aid seems to distort the sounds coming through her BAHA. So she is refusing to wear it. Her Secondary School have decided that she is being awkward and have decided to punish her by doing a 4 strikes and its detention time. Obviously we are fighting this, as though the radio aid has been tested and nothing has been found to be wrong with it. She can still hear static noise and its making her reject the radio aid. Anyone with any experience of hearing impairment equipment being difficult to use?

BeeMom Thu 08-Nov-12 17:36:57

Has the equipment (all of it) been tested IN the school, in the setting where she normally uses it? We had a problem with DS's transition from one school to another, his FM system worked intermittently, if at all.

If she is willing to use her aids out of school and at home, and didn't complain prior to now, I am wondering if the problems might be due to some sort of frequency interference within the building itself (that was Ds's problem - we had the system reprogrammed to a new frequency and the problem was solved). They never did figure out what was interfering with the signal, though.

As well, is it a new teacher? Is he/she wearing the transmitter pickup at the right level/place? One of DS's teacher used to nervously fiddle with the antenna... that drove DS nuts. He finally lost it (after asking a dozen times politely for the teacher to stop). He got up from his desk, popped the receivers off, put them in their case and dropped the case into his school bag. The teacher asked him when he was doing - his response... "If you aren't going to use it properly, why should I use it at all?"

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 08-Nov-12 18:12:21

we've had various issues with equipment and bte ha, never had a problem getting it taken seriously though, poor dd. We've had issues with ha not defaulting to the radio aid setting, so dd3 was saying it wasn't working, ha fine on the test box, radio aid showed as working fine but it wasn't, just as one example. How have they tested it? As beemom said, any new equipment that could interfere, any new ha users joined school since this started, they may have a ra with the same frequency?

SallyBear Thu 08-Nov-12 18:18:44

I don't know. It's a school with 1500 pupils!
Bee love your DS. grin
Ninja, glad it's just not us. The reset the frequency tested both the BAHA and the radio aid. She is still not happy. They keep saying that there's nothing wrong with it. I think there is. I think I'm going to call the audiology equipment guy out myself. This is driving me mad. I also think that there is a TA who has issues with DD and feels that it is her mission to force DD to wear the radio aid to the point that she shoved the receiver onto her BAHA. The sound screamed through her head. Bloody woman. We complained but that seems to have made things worse. It's two things really. The radio aid and a bloody TA who is to all intents and purposes discriminating against a deaf person. angryangryangry

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 08-Nov-12 18:31:37

the ndcs is always happy to help out with education issues if you don't get anywhere. Getting the guy out sounds like a good move, it's hardly to her benefit to not use it!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 08-Nov-12 18:32:47

will they let her bring it home to see if it is the school that's the issue?

SallyBear Thu 08-Nov-12 18:48:19

No SENDIS won't allow it to leave the school sadly. I'll email the audio equipment guy again.

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