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