Who we are
The BAEA exists to raise the professional profile of educational audiologists and to provide a forum for communication between professionals.
What is an educational audiologist?
An Educational Audiologist (Ed Aud) usually is an experienced Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) or qualified clinical Audiologist before they commence with the MSc/PG Diploma for Educational Audiology. An Educational Audiologist brings a combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that are unique within the field of deaf education (e.g., language development, speech discrimination, auditory processing skills development, speech and room acoustics, assistive listening devices (ALDs), radio aids, soundfield systems, hearing aids and auditory implants).
An Ed Aud brings an understanding of the way amplification, acoustics, ALD and speech discrimination interplay in the speech, language and communication development and access to learning for a deaf baby, child or young person that no other professional can or does. An Ed Aud understands the relationships between listening to learn in various settings, cognition and expected levels of progress. An Ed Aud has skills, knowledge and experience of working routinely across the entire age range, currently from birth to 25 years, as per the Educational and Health Care Plan.
Who can join?
The BAEA membership comprises mostly those Educational Audiologists working within education support services or schools for hearing-impaired children. However other members come from a wide range of backgrounds and interest in paediatric audiology or hearing-impaired children such as teachers of the deaf, hospital paediatric audiologists, speech therapists, those working in Cochlear Implant centres, and hearing aid manufacturers.
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