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Do’s and Don'ts for Hearing impairment in the learning environment

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 14 January 2021 2:15 PM CAT
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Hearing impairment occurs when there is damage or a problem to one or more parts of the ear, it is the partial inability to hear sounds. It is vital to keep an eye out for hearing impairment in children, particularly in the classroom. Here are some things to look out for in students.

  • Speaking too loudly or too quietly.

  • Mishearing or mispronouncing words.

  • Delayed speech and communication.

  • Difficulty with reading and linking speech. 

You need to understand that hearing-impaired students struggle at every stage of their education. It is important for educators to look out for signs that might suggest any of this in their students.

 

Day to day frustrations in the classroom are not as evident as they should be, hearing impaired students do not necessarily need constant additional help but rather a sensitive approach to teaching. Here are things that you can do as an educator to bridge the gap.

 

  • Do not speak at a fast pace.

  • Do not turn you back on the class while talking.

  • Move the students that you have identified to the front of the class.

  • Meet with the parents regularly to discuss any concerns or progressions of the child.

As an educator, it is in your best interest that you make learning for your students easier. Providing aid where it is needed will only help make your job more efficient and rewarding.

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