Tips for Teachers
Things you can do to help hearing impaired students hear better.
Education for teachers on hearing loss and the use of hearing aids helps improve kids’ education.
- Provide preferential seating. Have the child seated away from adverse noise conditions. Provide the child with better visual and auditory access to the teacher.
- Improve acoustic quality in classroom. Reduce echo and unwanted background noises such as chair shuffling in the classroom, by having wall-to-wall carpeting, acoustic ceiling tiles, thick curtains, and foam baffles to absorb these background noises.
- Provide lecture notes prior to lessons. Provide lecture notes in advance. The child can become familiar with new topics before a lesson. This allows the child to focus on his/her listening.
- Provide a personal FM amplification system or other system such as VoiceLink™. Personal FM, and other wireless systems deliver the teacher’s voice to the child’s ears above the noise level and unaffected by distance.
- Complement verbal explanations with visual cues. Pictures, graphs, and other illustrations can be helpful in reinforcing auditory information.
- Gain the student’s attention before speaking. Call the child’s name or signal to the child. Make sure that you have the child’s attention (e.g. eye contact) before speaking.
- Stand close and keep still when speaking. Standing near and keeping still at the child’s eye level helps him/her hear better and be less distracted by movements.
- Speak in a clear and audible tone of voice. Speak slowly and use simple words and sentences to the child. Gesturing may be helpful.
- Give clear, unambiguous instructions. Use simple sentences and make all instructions clear and concise.
- Check for understanding. Make sure that the child understands what is being said. Observe facial expression and ask the child to rephrase or repeat given instructions.
- Allow the child some time before responding to your questions. Be patient and positive. An anxious and self-conscious child will experience even more difficulties thinking of replies to questions.
To learn more communication strategies for hearing loss, consider scheduling a consultation with a hearing care professional.