Hearing Loss Inclusion

TIPS FOR INCLUSION

  • Obtain student’s attention prior to speaking
  • Reduce auditory distractions (background noise)
  • Enhance speech reading conditions (avoid hands in front of the face, mustaches well-trimmed, no gum chewing)
  • Face your students and make eye contact when speaking. Clearly, enunciate speech
  • As a general rule, always stand close to the student(s) heard of hearing when giving instructions
  • Use of visual supplements (projected materials, whiteboard, charts, vocabulary lists, lecture outlines)
  • Do not exaggerate your lip movements, but slowing down a little may help some students.
  • Use facial expressions, gestures and body language to help convey your message, but don’t overdo it.
  • Repeat others comments and/or questions before responding to make sure Hard of Hearing student heard

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Hearing loss is the most common disability in the US.
  • 3 out of every 100 school-age kids has a significant hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss is a ‘hidden’ disability and often goes unnoticed
  • People with Hearing Loss can be either Hard of Hearing (sometimes referred to as people with hearing impairment) or Deaf
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