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 hearing loss.

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.



School Issues
Elementary Education
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General Tips
To Aid Use of Residual Hearing
To Aid Use of Speechreading
Classroom Tips
Using the Interpreter
General Classroom Modifications