Tips for Students with Hearing Loss

Tips for Students with Hearing Loss

Your child deserves the best education so help your school-age or college-bound student be the best they can be in school by reviewing these tips. If aids are needed to assist a college-bound child or if you need an up-to-date hearing evaluation because they are going out of the area and you want one on file – call Hearing Health today. Hearing Health can make sure their hearing aids are clean and ready for classes and supply extra batteries if needed.

In the classroom

More than 70,000 children in public school systems with hearing loss get services to help with their education, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. These services are important for your child and you should not be shy about taking advantage of them because they will help your child. Children learn to speak and set up sentence structures by listening to others. Hearing impaired children sometimes have difficulty learning vocabulary, grammar, word order and complex sentence structure. Special services in early education will pay dividends to everyone – your child and the school system because utilizing services early will mean less remedial services later.

Everyone should be up to speed

When your child is old enough to talk about his or her hearing loss, they should talk to teachers about what they can do to help them. You might also consider having them talk to their fellow students. A frank, matter of fact explanation of hearing loss goes a long way to easing a child into the mainstream. Children have vision difficulties and children have hearing difficulties – there are corrective measures for both.

Many of the hearing aid manufacturers have simulations on their websites, which are accessible through the Hearing Health website, so children and adults can understand what hearing loss is like.
Explain to bus drivers, guidance counselors, the school nurse and lunch aides, as well as bus and hall monitors, they need to face your child when they speak to him or her, speak clearly and not shout or exaggerate their speech. Some people may need to be reminded that mustaches and facial hair can make lip reading difficult. Include sports program coaches or directors of other after-school activities your child might be involved in on your speaking tour.

Your child should know it is OK to ask questions during class, at the appropriate time, if there is something in the lesson they don’t understand. Or, they can approach the teacher after class with a question. Remind your child it is OK to ask questions during class, at the appropriate time, if they don’t understand something or they can approach the teacher after class.

Set up an IEP

An Individualized Education Plan is a legally binding agreement establishes a common plan between you, your child, the teacher and the school on how your child will be taught including accommodations for hearing loss. Public schools are required to set up an IEP to accommodate students’ needs. IEPs are essential to help your child succeed. Your child’s IEP should be reviewed each year and tweaked if necessary.

If your child has newer hearing devices, you may want to try an assisted hearing device. Don’t be shy about politely suggesting things that will make your child’s school day easy. If your last name is back in the alphabet and the teacher seats students alphabetically, request that your child be assigned a seat up front to accommodate better hearing. You may want to remind them that movies, videos or overhead presentations could cause some difficulty if they are not captioned, or if there are not handouts with bullet points about key parts of the lesson. Suggest they have an explanation of your student’s needs on something that can be given to a substitute teacher if needed.

Higher learning institutions

By law, public universities, technical schools, associate degree institutions – any institution that receives public funds – needs to make sure they have provisions to serve the hearing impaired. Before classes at the university start, find out what student services are available for the hearing impaired and where the student services office is located. Communicate via e-mail with instructors about your hearing loss and your special needs. Talk to the residence hall director about emergency exits as well as a personal alert device.

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