Deaf peopl can do anything hearing people can, except hear.
D. King Jordan
Hearing impairment- Less than normal hearing (either sensitivity or speech understanding) resulting from an auditory disorder
Definitions of Hearing
Hearing sensitivity loss-Poorer than normal auditory sensitivity for sounds
Deaf-Limited or absent hearing for ordinary purposes of daily living
Hard of hearing-Refers to a person who has hearing loss, but uses auditory channel as the primary avenue for oral communication, with or without a hearing aid
Educational achievement of students with hearing impairments is significantly below that of their peers
Students who are deaf often encounter difficulty succeeding in educational environments that depend primarily on the spoken word and written language to transmit knowledge
Students in an inclusive classroom do perform better than those in a self-contained classroom
Reading is the area most negatively affected
Hearing loss often inhibits the quality and quantity of social interaction with peers
*Most prefer to interact with others with hearing impairments
*Suggests need to teach social interaction to hearing impaired, as well as sign language to their peers
Not unusual for young adults who are deaf to experience difficulty in establishing and maintaining social relationships due to lack of language skills and absence of socially appropriate behaviors, as well as a lack of awareness about hearing loss among their peers
Intellectual development for people with a hearing impairment is more a function of language development rather than cognitive ability
Any difficulties in performance appear to be closely associated with speaking, writing, and reading the English language, but unrelated to level of intelligence.
Hearing Screening is the initial point at which hearing loss is suspected
If hearing impairment is suspected, more sophisticated audiological procedures would then be required
Where hearing screenings happen for children*
In hospital new-born nurseries*
Audiologist* Professional who holds a license and provides evaluation, rehabilitation, and prevention services to a person with a hearing impairment
Some schools employ audiologists, but the speech-language pathologist is usually responsible for
* Refer students for follow-up examinations
* Make recommendations for school placement
Promote Acceptance of the student
"Hey, kiddos!!! Today is gonna be a great day!"
Welcome the student to the class. Be Positive!
" Don't be afraid!!! Just let me help!"
Discuss the student’s hearing loss with them. Let them know you are there to help.
" Ok guys, we're going to play charades to illustrate some of the themes in this piece!"
Make any modifications natural. Don’t let the child be singled out or feel left out.
"We have a guest speaker today guys!"
As appropriate, have the audiologist or another person explain the condition to the class.
Real-Time Capturing / Interpreting technologies
A mini microphone which is worn by the teacher
Can provide a directional speaker, sent to an earbud, or worn with a hearing aid
This is a microphone the teacher speaks into that allows the words spoken to be typed out automatically onto a screen for a student.* If needed, some programs display computer generated sign language to display what the teacher said
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