As we celebrate World’s Teacher’s Day on the 5th October, did you know that teaching is one of the most important professions in society and touches every aspect, of every community in the world in some way? Teachers follow students through each pivotal stage of development.
At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, a teacher is poised to become one of the most influential people in a students’ life. Did you know that teachers are also in a unique position to help students with a hearing loss in a classroom setting?
Hearing loss and school performance – Is there a relation?
Imagine a student who is inattentive, poorly behaved in class and getting bad grades. Your first thought might be that the child has a learning disability. But you also might want to consider the possibility that the child has hearing loss; it is more common than you think! There are several possible causes for hearing loss in children, whether it’s congenital or acquired. Hearing losses in children can also be conductive, sensorineural or mixed.
Hearing and learning
Hearing ability is critical to speech and language development, communication and learning. Hearing loss causes delays in the development of speech and language, and those delays then lead to learning problems, often resulting in poor school performance.
By their third or fourth year of school, many children with hearing loss may struggle to cope with the increasing complexity of language, social interaction and verbal communications. Even children with minimal hearing loss can have problems reading, writing, expressing themselves and interacting with others. They may miss classroom instructions, misread conversational cues and tire more easily. Poor academic performance and communication problems can then feed into low self-esteem or feelings of isolation or depression.
As mentioned previously, teachers are in a unique position to help students by arming themselves with the knowledge as to how a student with a hearing loss receives and understands information. Signs teachers can watch for in the classroom include:
- Inappropriate responses to questions
- Trouble following directions
- Speech problems
Hearing aids can also help!
In the market, there are many advanced hearing aid models, including high-powered aids for children with profound hearing loss that can help to offer high-quality assistance! Assistive technology devices can also supplement and/or work in conjunction with your child’s hearing aids can be extremely beneficial in enabling greater communication ease for your child.
Classroom technologies for children with hearing loss include FM systems, induction loop systems, and remote microphones, among others.
Selected models of Signia hearing aids offer a Direct Audio Input (DAI) optional add-on that allows for the child to hear the teacher’s voice streamed directly into their hearing aids in conjunction with a FM system, ensuring that they will never miss a word!
If you’re worried about your child’s or student’s hearing, or would like to find out more about our products, make an appointment with our hearing care partners today!