The majority of HI students on the HAST caseload will be eligible for auxiliary aids in line with NDCS guidelines; this usually means a personal radio aid system, however it can also include a soundfield system, a paired personal radio aid system and soundfield system and occasionally tablet technology.

Usually the young person's Teacher of the Deaf will identify that some form of assistive device is required.  There will then be liaison between the Teacher of the Deaf, the child, the school, the relevant audiology clinic and home before the next step is taken.  This will often be a trial period where HAST will lend the school the appropriate technology for a limited period of time, which will then be reviewed by the relevant parties.  Should a decision be taken to continue using the supplied device, the school, supported by the Teacher of the Deaf, will be responsible for initiating the procurement process.

In the case of academies or voluntary-aided schools, the school is responsible for purchasing the device, whereas maintained schools and voluntary-contribution establishments can apply to the local authority.  Procurement will be via HAST's HI Manager, who will complete the relevant documentation and submit it to the local authority, who fund the equipment through their local Access Initiative.

With regard to young people with cochlear implants, the child's Teacher of the Deaf will liaise with the relevant cochlear implant centre to determine when the child concerned is ready for a personal FM system.  Once the decision has been taken, the procurement process is as above.