“The major barriers to learning associated with deafness are relate to language and communication, which in turn, profoundly affect most aspects of the educational process… For example, acquiring basic English language skills is a tremendous challenge for most students who are deaf.” 1
– US Department of Education
For all students, especially those with hearing loss, it’s important to hear well in school. Distance, background noise and reverberation can make this challenging for students with hearing loss. While we know it’s important that students wear their hearing instruments (like hearing aids, BAHAs and CIs) all day, unfortunately those devices are not enough. While language inputs in the student’s near-field may be clearly captured by their hearing instruments, teachers and peers communicating at a distance or over noise will need additional amplification.
Did you know that interactive class discussions represent one third of a student’s learning opportunities at school?2 The open dialogue between students enriches the learning experience, however, these discussions can be very difficult for a student with hearing loss to fully understand. Additionally, teachers regularly augment lessons with multimedia and often speaking during videos to be sure critical points are called out to the students watching the film. All students benefit from hearing these multiple language sources simultaneously. For students with hearing loss, they need technology that mixes these signals for their listening ease.
For most students, their support team is made up of passionate allies – most of whom have normal hearing. It can be easy for us to understand the theory behind signal mixing and adaptive gain, but until we listen to these features at work, we may not inherently understand.
Watch this 8 minute listening experience to hear a teacher mic, peer mic and multimedia transmitter at work in a simulated environment.
After listening to this video, jot down the names of students on your caseload. Looking through that list, you can quickly tick off the names of students who are currently performing on pace. However, if a few names stand out to you as students who need a little extra help, these are good ones to work with your Phonak rep to trial these devices on.
Also, you may want to write down any questions about providing auditory access that this listening simulation makes you ask. Perhaps, you’ll want to share this video with colleagues to inspire conversations with your colleagues about unique student needs. Or if you’re a clinical audiologist, perhaps you have follow up questions for your patients’ educational audiologists.
Please share this video with administrators, parents and colleagues. You may also share it socially with the share links above. If you would like to embed this video into your website, please contact email@example.com. And here is an informative article for parents on this same topic.
- The video used in the third simulation was produced by VFX Productions: https://youtu.be/xAuxvVBMykI
- To learn more about media in the modern classroom: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/the-common-sense-census-inside-the-21st-century-classroom-2019
- To read a summary of the US Federal laws impacting students with hearing loss, here is one source you could review. https://successforkidswithhearingloss.com/for-parents/idea-law-summary-information/
- To learn more about Roger Technology and review the evidence, here is the latest Roger for Education brochure.
- US Department of Education (2018). “Deaf Students Education Services” Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/hq9806.html on 12/2/2019.
- Lejon, A. (2013). Children with hearing loss, are they really integrated into the classroom. White Paper. Retrieved from http://www.comfortaudio.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files)mf/inclusionorexclusionchildrenwithhearinglossaretheyreallyintegratedintheclassroom1309.pdf