To Aid Use of Residual Hearing
Learn as much as possible about each child's
hearing loss. Each deaf or hard of hearing child does not have the
same type or severity of
Be aware that hearing aids do not "correct" hearing in
the same way that eyeglasses correct vision.
Remember that distance from the speaker is a critical factor in
the child's ability to understand speech.
Be aware of background noise and work at reducing it. Background
noise interferes with the main message. Place sound absorbing materials
in the classroom to reduce reverberation (i.e., area rugs, drapes,
cork board on walls).
Speak in a normal tone of voice.
Remember that the deaf or hard of hearing child may have fluctuating
hearing loss as a result of colds or ear infections changing what
he can hear from day to day.
Have a daily plan in place to be sure hearing aids and /or FM systems
are in top working condition. Familiarize yourself with the equipment
and encourage their consistent use.