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Mission statement

The mission of the Service for Hearing Impaired Students is to provide a quality educational and audiological service for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing impaired students in Malta and Gozo. This service is provided from the onset of diagnosis, throughout their educational experience in their home, as well as in mainstream schools.


Service Objectives

The service for students with a hearing impairment aims to:​​​​​

  • raise awareness of the Service for Students with a Hearing Impairment;
  • help students access the National Curriculum and examinations according to their ability;
  • support students in their school years to become independent youths and adults;
  • advocate for students facing challenges and difficulties related to their hearing loss both in a school/class context, as well as in the home context;
  • help students access the National Curriculum and examinations according to their ability;
  • support students in their school years to become independent youths and adults;
  • advocate for students facing challenges and difficulties related to their hearing loss both in a school/class context, as well as in the home context;
  • attend IEPs and/or case conferences and provide input;
  • offers informative sessions about hearing impairment and issues related to dealing with students with a hearing impairment to educators.

Services offered​​​​​

The service is provided to all students who have a hearing loss whether it is a mild, moderate, severe or a profound hearing loss. These students usually wear hearing aids or have a cochlear implant and may make use of a radio aid. Timely and consistent support and advice is also provided to parents/guardians/carers.

Most students have weekly sessions with a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) in-class or on a one-to-one basis. Duration and number of sessions depend on the case load of the Teacher of the Deaf as well as on the student’s individual needs. For example, shorter sessions are carried out with regards to pre-school and Kindergarten pupils.

Some students such as those who have a mild hearing loss may only need monitoring throughout the scholastic year (periodical cases).Sessions for pre-school children are delivered in homes or childcare centres, while sessions for the other students are delivered in schools. Teachers of the Deaf ensure that schools apply for appropriate access arrangements for school-based and national examinations. They also act as communicators during these examinations.

Teachers of the Deaf support and advise the parents/guardians/carers, Class Teacher, Learning Support Educator, Peripatetic Staff and Senior Management Team.

An audiological service that includes hearing tests and checking of hearing aids is provided by a qualified educational audiologist at the National School Support Services, Hamrun


Procedures​​​​​

Babies and children may be referred by ENT consultants, audiologists, and through schools. An audiogram, attached to the application form and the Statement of Consent form, signed by parent(s) or legal guardian(s), is to be sent to the National School Support Services, Service of the Hearing Impaired.


Eligibility for the Service​​​​​

Babies who have just been diagnosed as having a hearing impairment, and pre-school children, Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary students who have a hearing loss.



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